Eifel Grand Prix Predictions are now open for you to play along with the F1 community. Below find the official Cranky Yankee Motorsport predictions posted to the F1 Predictions League Forum.
The fall weather at The Nurburgring proves to be as unpredictable as ever with low cloud base and changing conditions. Due to the fact that much of the strategy will be based on simulations, it stands to reason that tomorrow’s grand prix will be just as unpredictable as the weather the grid will be forced to perform under.
The circuit is notoriously kind to tyres so the softer end of the Pirelli tyre compounds will likely be utilized significantly more given the most middle set was elected for The Eifel Grand Prix in round 11. Much of the grid turned up with new bits on the car and The Silver Arrows sporting a new power unit – their third of the year – but reportedly no major incremental gains were made. Despite that, qualifying will be a good indication of the race as the usual gamesmanship was not able to be afforded thanks to the limited running all weekend. This was most evident by Lewis opting for the C4 softs on his second run in Q2 and thus forfeiting the chance to start on mediums as he was sitting second at the time.
Most surprising thus far was Leclerc’s Ferrari as he parked his car on the second row in P4. I would expect Leclerc to be on for a good result and Ferrari will do what they can to keep the hope alive. He was quoted afterwards saying:
“Surely there were upgrades this weekend that worked in the proper way. We are not trying to find an update that is giving a huge amount of lap time, just small differences every weekend which for now is working well. Every time we are bringing something on the car, it’s working, which was not the case in the past. This is very important and it helps us to build a solid base for the car.” – Charles Leclerc
As far as the front runners go, I don’t see anyone being able to keep up with Valtteri Bottas who has a massive chip on his shoulder. Armed with a bit of hope, he’ll carry that into the race and continue his strong form. Speaking of hope, Verstappen may have seen a minor deity bleed as he sat on provisional pole ahead of Hamilton. While they traded positions on the next run in their one lap quali battle, it’s not so simple ignoring the young dutchman over 60 laps.
As for the 6x defending champion, I smell a bit of bad luck brewing for him. While Lewis hardly ever makes mistakes, he does still make them. And his single practice run was full of small errors that were surprising to say the least. Max will pounce on every shot he has at capitalizing.
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Down the grid, the next pack of Norris, The Renault’s, and Leclerc will give chase but watch the leaders from a distant. This will be the race that Ocon finally breaks through with Renault and will beat Ricciardo on merit. Their inner-team fiefdom will leave the door open for Leclerc, Norris, and Albon – the most latter I anticipate contact to be made in the opening 5 laps if not the first 5 turns.
The remaining midfield will be forced to settle for the scraps in what I anticipate to be a race very much in packs. Blue flags, weather, tyre strategy, and pit stop strategy are all very much in play and could tremendously affect the grand prix.
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