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2020 F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix session timings and preview – F1

Formula 1 doesn’t miss a beat as the paddock stays put at Silverstone for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.

Following the dramatic finish to the British GP which saw Lewis Hamilton claim victory on three wheels after a tyre puncture, the second leg of the Silverstone double-header takes place this weekend.

Valtteri Bottas will be eager to claw back lost ground in the F1 world championship standings having suffered his own tyre puncture with four laps to go, and after pitting finishing down in 11th place having been in second behind Hamilton before disaster struck.

Max Verstappen and Red Bull will also be looking to take advantage of any mistakes having unluckily missed the opportunity to do so during the final lap of the British GP, while team-mate Alex Albon will be aiming for a quick recovery having suffered a heavy crash in FP2, a Q2 exit in qualifying and

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Mercedes to race with tribute to Stirling Moss on car at 70th Anniversary GP – F1

Mercedes has revealed it will race with a tribute to Sir Stirling Moss on both of its Formula 1 cars at this weekend’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.

Moss died at the age of 90 in April, sparking an outpouring of tributes from across the motorsport world following his passing.

The sixth most successful British driver in the history of the world championship on 16 wins, ahead of 2009 world champion Jenson Button (15 wins), two-time champion Graham Hill (14) and 1976 world champion James Hunt (10), Moss is widely recognised as the greatest driver never to win the world championship.

He finished as runner-up in the F1 world championship in 1955 with Mercedes, scoring victory from pole position in the British Grand Prix at Aintree.

He would go on to finish second in the championship on three more occasions, famously missing out on the 1958 title to fellow Briton Mike

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Di Resta on standby for McLaren at F1 70th Anniversary GP – F1

Paul di Resta will be on standby at McLaren for this weekend’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone after undergoing a seat fitting for the team on Wednesday.

McLaren has an agreement with Mercedes to share its reserves – Stoffel Vandoorne and Esteban Gutierrez – should regular drivers Carlos Sainz Jr. or Lando Norris be ruled out of the race weekend.

But with Vandoorne in Berlin for the Formula E season finale and Gutierrez ineligible to race, McLaren has confirmed that ex-Force India driver di Resta will be its nominated reserve for this weekend.

“As we have previously confirmed, we have an arrangement with Mercedes to use their reserve drivers in the event either Carlos or Lando are unable to race,” a statement from McLaren reads.

“With Stoffel Vandoorne unavailable due to his Formula E commitments and Esteban Gutierrez currently not eligible for a superlicence, Paul di Resta will be

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F1 70th Anniversary GP: What time does the race start, how to watch & more – F1

Valtteri Bottas starts on pole ahead of Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton looking to fight back in the Formula 1 title tussle. Here’s how and when you can watch the race.

Fresh from signing his new Mercedes F1 contract for 2021, Bottas ended Hamilton’s run of three consecutive pole positions with a stunning last lap in qualifying as the Mercedes duo dominated the field once again.

Bottas, who suffered a cruelly timed tyre puncture in the British GP dropping him from second place to out of the points last weekend, will be looking to claw back against the 30-point advantage Hamilton holds in the current F1 drivers’ standings.

Racing Point stand-in Nico Hulkenberg stunned to take third place in qualifying, ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen who will be the only driver in the top 10 to start the race on the hard tyres with the Dutch driver looking to attack

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Haas retired Magnussen from F1 70th Anniversary GP for safety reasons



a truck that is driving down the road: Haas retired Magnussen's car for safety reasons


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Haas retired Magnussen’s car for safety reasons

Haas retired the car of Kevin Magnussen from Formula 1’s 70th Anniversary GP for safety reasons because it was using up its tyres, says team principal Guenther Steiner.

Magnussen believes that his car lost performance because older parts were re-used after his heavy crash on the first lap of the previous weekend’s British GP.

In Sunday’s race the Dane had made two tyre stops by lap 20, and was retired after 43 laps following a long stint on the hard compound that failed to work out for him.

He also received a time penalty for rejoining the track in a dangerous manner in front of Nicholas Latifi.

“Kevin just couldn’t keep his tyres together,” said Steiner, when asked about Magnussen’s retirement by Autosport.

“He kept on wearing them out, and it was getting at some stage just too dangerous to

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Haas retired Magnussen from F1 70th Anniversary GP for safety reasons – F1

Haas retired the car of Kevin Magnussen from Formula 1’s 70th Anniversary GP for safety reasons because it was using up its tyres, says team principal Guenther Steiner.

Magnussen believes that his car lost performance because older parts were re-used after his heavy crash on the first lap of the previous weekend’s British GP.

In Sunday’s race the Dane had made two tyre stops by lap 20, and was retired after 43 laps following a long stint on the hard compound that failed to work out for him.

He also received a time penalty for rejoining the track in a dangerous manner in front of Nicholas Latifi.

“Kevin just couldn’t keep his tyres together,” said Steiner, when asked about Magnussen’s retirement by Autosport.

“He kept on wearing them out, and it was getting at some stage just too dangerous to keep on changing tyres.

“Just blisters, vibrations and we had

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10 things we learned from the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix – F1

From signs of a reinvigorated Formula 1 world title tussle to political wrangling and teams in a war of words, LUKE SMITH picks out the talking points provided from the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix

As with most birthdays that fell during lockdown, Formula 1 – born on 13 May 1950 – had to wait to celebrate its 70th but was rewarded for its patience on Sunday.

Fears the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix would turn out to be a carbon copy of the British Grand Prix at the same track one week earlier were long forgotten as Max Verstappen took a surprise victory for Red Bull.

Softer tyre compounds and hot temperatures at Silverstone created a fascinating tactical battle throughout the field, ultimately won by Verstappen as Mercedes’ perfect start to the season came to an end.

Here are 10 things we learned from the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.

1. Verstappen

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Horner: Verstappen had to “buy into” hard tyre gamble for 70th Anniversary GP – F1

Red Bull boss Christian Horner says Max Verstappen had to “buy into” the crucial decision to qualify on the hard tyre in the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.

Verstappen was the only driver to use the hard in Q2 of qualifying for the second Silverstone race, meaning he had to commit to using it in the first stint, and it paid off when the Dutchman scored a victory over the two Mercedes drivers in a dominant style that even his own team hadn’t anticipated.

Horner said Verstappen and the team had to balance the pros and cons of doing something different before opting for the alternative strategy ahead of the race.

“Obviously he had to buy into it,” Horner said.

“So we run the simulations, we come up the risk and the reward. And we felt that if we just do the same as Mercedes following last week’s performance, we’d end

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70th Anniversary Grand Prix RECAP: Max Verstappen wins as Lewis Hamilton ends up second | F1 | Sport

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70th Anniversary Grand Prix: Max Verstappen won at Silverstone on Sunday (Image: GETTY)

Max Verstappen and Red Bull delivered a masterful performance on Sunday as Mercedes’ 100 per cent start to the season ended at the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix. The Dutchman, who started fourth on the grid, managed his tyres to perfection and made the most of the perfect strategy at Silverstone.

Lewis Hamilton came home in second, with Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas slipping to third in the drivers’ standings after filling the last step on the podium.

Charles Leclerc can be proud of his efforts for Ferrari, but co-star Sebastian Vettel was left scratching his head once again after finishing down in 12th.

Racing Point posted their best result of 2020 after a week of controversy surrounding the FIA’s ruling on their brake ducts.

Express Sport were on hand with live updates on all the action as F1

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F1 choice of softer tyres for 70th Anniversary GP the right call



a small plane parked on the side of a road: Norris: F1 choice of softer tyres the right call


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Norris: F1 choice of softer tyres the right call

Formula 1’s bid to create some tyre ‘controversy’ by going softer with its choices at the 70th Anniversary GP this weekend was the right thing to do, says Lando Norris.

Drivers and teams have faced some strategy headaches this weekend in dealing with the softer compound tyres, especially with there being such high degradation on the softest of the range.

But although that has caused some difficulties, and could make the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix a huge challenge, Norris reckons things could have been too boring if teams had the same tyres as last weekend.

“I think it’s good that we’ve done something different and it’s not the same weekend over again,” said Norris, when asked by Autosport for his thoughts on the tyre shuffle.

“Whether it’s going to be better or worse, I’m not too sure, but

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