Lewis Hamilton can match Michael Schumacher’s file seven world championships and overtake the previous Ferrari nice as probably the most profitable System One driver of all time in Turkey on Sunday. The Mercedes ace, who has a file 93 race wins, might be champion once more on the Istanbul Park circuit if his workforce mate and sole title rival Valtteri Bottas fails to attain eight factors extra.
The 35-year-old Briton leads Bottas by 85 factors, with 78 remaining to be received after Turkey when the season heads to the Center East for a closing triple header in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi.
Which means a second place could be sufficient even when Bottas wins, offering the Finn doesn’t additionally take the bonus level for quickest lap.
At its easiest, Hamilton simply has to beat Bottas — one thing he has carried out 10 instances in 13 races thus far this yr.
Hamilton, who already holds data for many pole positions, podiums and factors finishes, has solely twice completed out of the highest three in 2020 with a worst results of seventh. He’s on a file run of 46 successive scoring finishes.
Mercedes received the constructors’ title for an unprecedented seventh yr in a row at Imola in Italy on Nov. 1 and are assured of a seventh successive drivers’ crown as nicely.
“We, as a workforce, have carried out such a exceptional job,” mentioned Hamilton after that success, saying the workforce title was “virtually higher” than the drivers’.
Hamilton, who has but to signal a contract past this season, might really feel in another way on Sunday.
The title race is the main target however Turkey’s first race since 2011, as a alternative to fill out a championship depleted by the COVID-19 pandemic, might be welcomed by all.
The circuit, with its Flip Eight triple left-hander, was at all times a driver favorite even when crowds had been small. They are going to be non-existent this weekend, with the race behind closed doorways because of the pandemic.
“It’s a observe that made for good racing previously, so will probably be fascinating to see how the trendy System One automobiles do on it,” mentioned Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen, who received the primary Turkish Grand Prix for McLaren in 2005.
The battle to be better of the remainder behind Mercedes and Pink Bull can also be on a knife edge, with solely a degree separating third positioned Renault, McLaren and fifth positioned Racing Level.