The 2020 70th Anniversary Grand Prix (officially the Emirates Formula 1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix 2020) was the fifth race of the 2020 Formula One season, the seventy-sixth time the British Grand Prix was held, and the fifty-seventh time it was held at the Silverstone Circuit. It was held between 7 August and 9 August 2020.
A main talking point was the series of tire failures that occurred to both Mercedes drivers and the McLaren of Carlos Sainz, Jr. in the final laps during the previous race, the British Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton won the race ahead of Max Verstappen as his puncture occurred on the final lap, while Valtteri Bottas and Sainz dropped out of the points following the punctures. An investigation by Pirelli revealed that the combination of the long stint and the higher performance of the 2020 cars contributed to the failures. Despite the failures, softer tire compounds are to be introduced in the next race as planned.
It was announced before the weekend that Bottas has extended his contract with Mercedes for another season. Mercedes is also including a horseshoe emblem as a tribute to Stirling Moss, who passed away earlier in April.
Sergio Pérez, who missed out the last race due to a positive test for COVID-19, was tested positive again prior to the race. Nico Hülkenberg, who was Perez' replacement is to race again for the team in the weekend.
Following a series of protests by Renault against Racing Point over their brake ducts, Racing Point was found guilty and was penalized 15 constructors' points and fined €400,000.
Due to Stoffel Vandoorne being committed to the final stretch of the 2019/20 Formula E championship season, and Esteban Gutierrez no longer having a superlicense, Mercedes could no longer uphold a deal in which they offered to supply a reserve driver for McLaren. As a result, McLaren signed F1 pundit and ex-f1 driver Paul di Resta to be their reserve driver for the weekend, if either of their drivers tested positive for Covid-19.
The full entry list for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix is outlined below:
The full qualifying results for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix are outlined below:
The full results for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix are outlined below:
|1||33||Max Verstappen||Red Bull-Honda||52||1:19:41.993||4||25|
|2||44||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||52||+ 11.326||2||19FL|
|3||77||Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes||52||+ 19.231||1||15|
|4||16||Charles Leclerc||Ferrari||52||+ 29.289||8||12|
|5||23||Alexander Albon||Red Bull-Honda||52||+ 39.146||9||10|
|6||18||Lance Stroll||Racing Point-BWT Mercedes||52||+ 42.538||6||8|
|7||27||Nico Hülkenberg||Racing Point-BWT Mercedes||52||+ 55.951||3||6|
|8||31||Esteban Ocon||Renault||52||+ 1:04.773||14||4|
|9||4||Lando Norris||McLaren-Renault||52||+ 1:05.544||10||2|
|10||26||Daniil Kvyat||AlphaTauri-Honda||52||+ 1:09.669||16||1|
|11||10||Pierre Gasly||AlphaTauri-Honda||52||+ 1:10.642||7|
|12||5||Sebastian Vettel||Ferrari||52||+ 1:13.370||11|
|13||55||Carlos Sainz, Jr.||McLaren-Renault||52||+ 1:14.070||12|
|14||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Renault||51||+ 1 Lap||5|
|15||7||Kimi Räikkönen||Alfa Romeo-Ferrari||51||+ 1 Lap||20|
|16||8||Romain Grosjean||Haas-Ferrari||51||+ 1 Lap||13|
|17||99||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo-Ferrari||51||+ 1 Lap||19|
|18||63||George Russell||Williams-Mercedes||51||+ 1 Lap||15|
|19||6||Nicholas Latifi||Williams-Mercedes||51||+ 1 Lap||18|
|Ret||20||Kevin Magnussen||Haas-Ferrari||43||Tire vibration||17|
- The first grand prix race not to be named after a geographical location.
- 9th win for Max Verstappen.
- 155th podium finish for Lewis Hamilton.
- Hamilton has equaled Michael Schumacher's record for the most podium finishes.
- Kimi Räikkönen has now completed 16,845 laps in Formula 1. This breaks the previous record of 16,825, held by Michael Schumacher.
- Valtteri Bottas set a new record for most consecutive Q3 appearances. This was the 67th consecutive race in which Bottas has qualified in the top ten, having done so at every race weekend since the 2017 Australian Grand Prix. He beats the previous record of 66 consecutive Q3 appearances, set by Lewis Hamilton between the 2010 Chinese Grand Prix and the 2013 Belgian Grand Prix.
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