F1 returns to the place where Mercedes saw their last double retirement last year and where Max Verstappen took a somewhat unexpected victory. The previous race has exposed once more the weaknesses of Ferrari and it’s hard to imagine someone else winning this year. Both championships seem to be more or less over and we have just reached 1/3rd of the season. I was never a believer that we had seen Bottas v2.0 and it is proven that he cannot follow one of the sport’s all time greats throughout a full season.
The model expectedly predicts Hamilton to take both the pole and the race win. Who can blame it? Behind the two Mercedes, Vettel and Max will fight hard for the third place on the podium. It will be interesting to see if the McLarens can keep their position as the best-of-the-rest in this race as well.
Hamilton, Magnussen, Hulkenberg, Russell, Albon and Sainz have all received grid penalties.
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