Hamilton chases F1 record once more as Schumacher’s son debuts

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Lewis Hamilton’s bid to match the Formula One win record held by Michael Schumacher is back on, and he may obtain it in Schumacher’s residence nation of Germany. Hamilton was chasing a record-equaling 91st win two weeks in the past in Russia earlier than his race was ruined by penalties for breaching an obscure rule on where drivers can apply their begins earlier than the race. His Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas took the win.

That units the stage for Hamilton to attempt once more in Germany. He’ll should do it in circumstances which might have examined even Schumacher, who was nicknamed “Regenmeister” or Rain Master for his expertise on moist tracks. Rain is probably going on all three days and temperatures on race day may not attain 10 levels (50 F).

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Formula One is back on the Nürburgring, one of the crucial storied circuits within the sequence, for the primary time since 2013. Officially, the German Grand Prix is on hiatus this yr, and this race — a late alternative on the coronavirus-affected calendar — known as the Eifel Grand Prix after a close-by mountain vary.

As many as 20,000 followers may attend, making it the most effective attended race of the season aside from the Russian Grand Prix.

NEW GENERATION

It’s been eight years since Michael Schumacher’s last F1 race, and now his son will formally be a part of an F1 race weekend for the primary time.

Mick Schumacher, 21, will take over Antonio Giovinazzi’s Alfa Romeo for the primary apply on Friday. That brings him one other step nearer to a full F1 drive, probably even subsequent season. He already has expertise of the paddock from racing in Formula Two, where he leads the championship, and doing demonstration runs in his father’s outdated F1 automobiles earlier than races.

Mick Schumacher has mentioned he sees his father as his idol, however he’s been eager to forge his personal path. He began out in kart racing below the surname Betsch, his mom’s maiden name.

The Schumacher family’s life modified eternally in December 2013 when Michael and the then-14-year-old Mick had been snowboarding collectively within the French Alps. Michael Schumacher hit his head on a rock and sustained extreme mind accidents which left him requiring fixed care. The family is protecting of his privateness and offers few particulars of his situation.

Mick Schumacher’s F2 title rival, Callum Ilott, can even drive in his first official F1 session on Friday, borrowing Romain Grosjean’s Haas.

GERMANY’S DECLINE

A younger Schumacher might be precisely what F1 must reignite its recognition in Germany.

When Hamilton and Michael Schumacher last raced collectively on the Nürburgring in 2011, there have been six Germans on the grid together with then-world champion Sebastian Vettel. He would be the just German in Sunday’s race.

The likes of Nico Rosberg and Timo Glock have lengthy since moved on, although Nico Hülkenberg lingers on the fringes. He was a two-race alternative when Sergio Perez examined positive for the coronavirus.

Despite Vettel’s 4 titles, he doesn’t command the identical public profile in Germany that Schumacher did in his prime, and he hasn’t been adopted into F1 by a wave of younger German drivers. If not for the pandemic, there wouldn’t be a race in Germany this yr.

Only two Germans have made their debut in F1 inside the last decade. André Lotterer had a one-race cameo in 2014, and Pascal Wehrlein often confirmed promise in 2016 and 2017 however is now Lotterer’s teammate in electrical racing sequence Formula E.

[Attribution HT.]

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