Race time is just around the corner! Verstappen and Alonso on the front row! This is not a vision from an alternate reality but something that is literally going to happen, helped along slightly by bad weather in qualifying and an engine penalty from everywhere's presumptive pole man, Charles Leclerc. With Sergio Perez also starting from the back half the grid, the pressure is on for Carlos Sainz to take the fight to the top two, limit the damage to Ferrari's championship bid and score his first Grand Prix win in the process. With the Haas drivers locking out the third row, the northern European duo of Magnussen and Schumacher will have one of their best opportunities of the year to make good some of the promise the Kannapolis/Banbury team showed pre-season. Or, maybe their cars will break down, like last time. Meanwhile, Alonso is saying he aims to lead lap one, which sounds like managing expectations, or perhaps a threat.
F1.com's strategy preview is frequently wrong, but for what it's worth they are predicting a one-stop race with lots of running on the nice, stable, reliable hard Pirelli compound. Good thing we've got a mixed grid or the race could've been a bore.
How quickly can Leclerc and Perez move forward? Will Lewis have a clean race? Will Ricciardo finish ahead of Norris again? Who's going to win the battle of the Canadian pay drivers with bad cars? Answers to these questions can be obtained not before 7pm BST / 8pm CEST. I'm trusting somebody else to come up with those nice Twitter graphics that I can never find. Enjoy!