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The 11th round of the World Championship at the Nurburgring. Real-time updates

Giusto Ferronato

October 11th
– Nurburgring (Germany)

Lap 6 – Leclerc long at the first corner manages to keep Ricciardo behind, but the Ferrari driver struggles

Lap 5 – Bottas tries the extension on Hamilton, he took 1 ”4. Verstappen 2 ”8 behind Bottas and Leclerc already has 10” behind the leader. in the photo below the excellent maneuver outside Bottas to keep command of the race

Lap 4 – Leclerc struggles to keep Ricciardo behind who attacks him

Giro 3 – Bottas, Hamilton, Verstappen, Leclerc, Ricciardo and Albon. Vettel 12 °

Lap 2 – Behind the Mercedes Verstappen and Leclerc who held the fourth position

Round 1 – Go! At the first corner in the lead Bottas who kept Hamilton behind with a nice maneuver outside

– The tires chosen by the drivers

44 Mercedes HAM SOFT C4
77 Mercedes BOT SOFT C4
5 Ferrari VET MEDIUM C3
16 Ferrari LEC SOFT C4
33 Red Bull VER SOFT C4
23 Red Bull ALB SOFT C4
55 McLaren SAI SOFT C4
4 McLaren NOR SOFT C4
3 Renault RIC SOFT C4
31 Renault OCO SOFT C4
26 AlphaTauri KVY MEDIUM C3
10 AlphaTauri GAS MEDIUM C3
11 Racing Point PER SOFT C4
27 Racing Point HUL SOFT C4
7 Alfa Romeo RAI SOFT C4
99 Alfa Romeo GIO SOFT C4
20 Haas MAG SOFT C4
63 Williams RUS SOFT C4
6 Williams LAT SOFT C4

– Reconnaissance tour started

– There are 8 degrees in the air, 40% rain risk

– The return of Nico Hulkenberg celebrated in the stands by the German fans.

– Riders on the grid, all ready for the start


The Eifel GP is held at the Nurburgring, in Germany, the 11th round of the 2020 World Championship. Mercedes in pole position with Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton at his side. In the second row the Red Bull of Max Verstappen and the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc. The weather is cloudy, with 8 degrees in the air and some wind.

13.55 – German anthem

German national anthem

13.50 – Cars on the grid

Cars on the grid, some pictures from the track.

1.30 pm – One track, 6 tracks

There are 6 versions of the Nürburgring circuit on which Formula 1 has competed since 1951. The first Nordschleife measured 22,810 meters, but in 1967 it was decided to intervene on the layout of the final part of the track. From after the Galgenkopf corner, in fact, the drivers were in full acceleration for over four kilometers and arrived at the finish line at a frightening speed. The Hohenrain chicane was therefore introduced to slow down the cars in the pit area, bringing the length to 22,835 meters. In 1984 the new GP-Strecke debuted, 4,542 meters long, which became 4,556 in 1995. In 2002 the new area of ​​the Mercedes Arena was added which brought the length of the track to 5,146 meters, which became 5,148 definitively the following year.

13.25 – Track born in 1925

1925 was the year in which construction of the Nürburgring began. The architect Gustav Eichler was inspired by the Targa Florio track to create a circuit that had to bring out the best drivers and the most robust and performing cars due to the difficulties. It was the month of September when the first stone was laid, while the inauguration took place in the spring of 1927 with the ADAC Eifelrennen on June 18. A motorcycle race was held which was won by Toni Ulmen, then also involved in Formula 1, while on June 19 Rudolf Caracciola was the first driver to enter his name in the Nürburgring roll of honor.

1.10 pm – Norris changes engine

Engine change for Lando Norris, which has mounted the second endothermic unit on its McLaren in addition to the new turbo, MGU-H and MGU-K. For him the regulatory limit is respected and therefore no penalty.

1 pm – It’s the cold weather GP

The average daily temperature in the Nürburgring area is 9.2 degrees in the second week of October. According to the data, which have been available since 1981, in the town of Nürburg on average it ranges from 5.9 degrees centigrade minimum to 12.5 degrees maximum. The peaks of heat and cold reached in this period in the last forty years tell instead of 25.2 degrees and 5.3 degrees respectively.

12.55 – Only 7 on this track

There are 7 Formula 1 drivers registered for the Eifel GP who have already competed at the Nürburgring in the highest category. It is about Kimi Raikkonen, who raced there nine times, obtaining second place as his best result on the last occasion this track was on the calendar, 2013; of Lewis Hamilton, with four participations and one victory, in 2011; of Sebastian Vettel which boasts success in 2013 and was second in 2009 and fourth in 2011; of Daniel Ricciardo e Sergio Perez, who ran there twice (2011 and 2013); and finally of Valtteri Bottas e Romain Grosjean which were at the start of the 2013 edition.

12.50 – Leclerc: “I hope so”

Charles Leclerc a few minutes from the F1 TV start: “Happy for 4th place, I was comfortable with the balance, we hope to have a good race. It will be a complicated GP because we didn’t lap on Friday, we will have to adapt to the conditions. Yesterday we made the tires work very well and we hope to do it again today ”. Sebastian Vettel: “It will be cold, but it will be the same for everyone, we hope to make the tires work well”.

12.45 – Hamilton “Bottas improves”

Lewis Hamilton a few minutes before the start: “It will be a challenge for the tires, making them work in this cold is not easy. I’m used to winter, I would have preferred a little warm. Circuit full of history, it amuses me, I would like it to stay on the calendar because it is technical with many changes in slope. I’ll do my best, Valtteri becomes strong race after race and it won’t be easy to beat him, but the Red Bulls have also improved ”. Also Valtteri Bottas he hopes: “The pole is short joy because I think about today. Let’s see, the race is long, I hope to maintain Sochi’s momentum. Red Bull is fast, usually if they are close to us in qualifying then they are also fast in the race ”.

12.42 – Ferrari prepares

Some images from the Ferrari pits in preparation for the GP.

12.40 pm – Race strategies

In the photo below the possible race strategies according to the Pirelli simulations: the fastest one involves 25 laps on soft tires and 35 on medium tires

12.30 – The starting grid

This is the starting grid for the Eifel GP at the Nurburgring:

First row
1. Bottas (Mercedes)
2. Hamilton (Mercedes)

Second row
3. Verstappen (Red Bull)
4. Leclerc (Ferrari)

Third row
5. Albon (Red Bull)
6. Ricciardo (Renault)

Fourth row
7. Ocon (Renault)
8. Norris (McLaren)

Fifth row
9. Perez (Racing Point)
10. Sainz (McLaren)

Sixth row
11. Vettel (Ferrari)
12. Gasly (AlphaTauri)

Seventh row
13. Kvyat (AlphaTauri)
14. Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo)

Eighth row
15. Magnussen (Haas)
16. Grosjean (Haas)

Ninth row
17. Russell (Williams)
18. Latifi (Williams)

Tenth row
19. Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo)
20. Hulkenberg (Racing Point)

The Lauda track

Formula 1 returns to the Nürburgring track after seven years for another unpublished 2020 calendar, the Eifel GP, the 11th round of the season, which takes its name from the plateau that straddles the border between Rhineland-Palatinate and Rhineland North-Westphalia, near the borders with Belgium and Luxembourg. It is on the Eifel that the circuit is located, which until 1976 hosted the German Grand Prix on the long version of the track, the almost 23 kilometers of the Nordschleife. The accident of Niki Lauda who on August 1, 1976, on the second lap of the race, ended up with his Ferrari 312 T2 against an embankment after the Bergwerk corner, getting trapped in the car he had left this infernal track with almost a hundred corners. in the meantime caught fire. The Austrian was saved by the providential intervention of colleagues Guy Edwards, Harald Ertl, Brett Lunger and Arturo Merzario who stopped and braved the flames by extracting the pilot from the cockpit and putting him to safety.

The new Nurburgring

Racing returned to the Nürburgring in 1984, when the new track for Formula 1, called GP-Strecke, was inaugurated. This is a less spectacular circuit than the previous one, which after some modifications today measures 5,148 meters, but which the drivers like and has given very exciting races in the past. Here Ferrari has won six times, which add up to the eight claims obtained on the long track.

The x-ray track

The track has many medium speed curves and long straights, which is why the aerodynamic load required is basically medium. From the elevation point of view there are many ups and downs that follow the characteristic undulations of the Eifel area. The first braking, for example, is downhill with a very tight and difficult corner. The track continues to descend until the hairpin bend of curve 8, when the ascent begins which culminates in curve 12. From that point the circuit starts to be downhill again for the entire length of the half curve 13 on which it is possible to operate the Drs. The track climbs up to the chicane that precedes the last corner and which has often been the scene of spectacular overtaking. The other activation zone of the Drs is the straight of the finish line.


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