Well, this seems familiar.
Maybe that’s because this is the second time in as many weeks that Formula 1 racers will take lights out at Silverstone. This weekend, it’s for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, the second race of an August tripleheader.
Last week, Lewis Hamilton took home his third consecutive victory on the 2020 Formula 1 season, and it came with some drama: His left front tire popped during the closing turns of the last lap. With Max Verstappen closing in on his tail lights, Hamilton managed to hold on with just three tires. He had built up a large enough cushion to hold off Verstappen and step to the top of the podium once again.
Sneaking onto the podium in third was Charles Leclerc and Team Ferrari, a bright spot in an otherwise disappointing start to the year for Leclerc, Ferrari and fellow Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel. With Vettel leaving Ferrari at the end of the season, this is hardly the swan song the veteran driver probably wanted, with no podiums and every result outside the top five this year. Both drivers will have their work cut out for them Sunday; they’re outside the top five on the grid.
Will Hamilton extend his own record on a track he has dominated? Sporting News will be covering all things 70th Anniversary GP, with highlights, updates and live results below.
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9:18 a.m.: Replay shows that Vettel spun around heading into the first corner. Tough beat for him and Ferrari, as he sits in 19th currently.
9:13 a.m.: Lights out, away we go. We had a quick yellow and back to green. Bottas and Hamilton 1-2 fighting it out. Verstappen gets ahead of Hulkenberg. Vettel drops to 20th early on.
9:10 a.m.: Formation lap underway.
9:05 a.m.: Nico Hulkenberg is a fan favorite out there today.
8:37 a.m.: A good pre-race laugh here.
Mercedes takes another pole, this time with Valtteri Bottas pacing the group:
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