Victory this weekend in Hungary would move Lewis Hamilton inside 5 of Michael Schumacher’s record 91 Grand Prix wins, and in addition tie the Formula One significant’s record for wins at a single monitor.
Given how nicely Hamilton drove last weekend to win the Styrian GP in Austria, few would guess against the British driver securing an eighth success on the tight and winding Hungaroring on Sunday.
Schumacher at present holds the one-venue record with eight wins on the French GP, when it was staged in Magny-Cours. Schumacher’s first win there was in 1994 — when Hamilton was embarking on a junior karting career that might finally ship him to F1 — and his last was in 2006.
“Every time I’m reminded of the records Michael has, it’s simply mind-blowing to me,” Hamilton stated. “How many wins, what number of championships. Record after record. I’m continually reminded of his greatness and of the success that he had.” Hamilton’s first win on the Hungarian Grand Prix was in 2007, the yr after Schumacher’s last in France.
Their careers appear inter-linked.
Hamilton’s first win as a Mercedes driver was also in Hungary in 2013 — the yr he changed the retiring Schumacher at Mercedes. In one other parallel, his win that yr equaled Schumacher’s then-record of 4 wins on the Hungaroring.
“I’ve always beloved it in Hungary. I don’t know why (however) there are tracks that we excel on,” the 35-year-old Hamilton stated.”Budapest and Montreal have been my strongest, notably at the start of my career.” Hamilton is now chasing Schumacher’s record of seven F1 championships, having won yearly since 2014 aside from when his former Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg won in ‘16.
Seven years in the past, Hamilton’s win in Hungary appeared little more than a blip in Red Bull’s dominance.
Few might have predicted how the paths of two F1 stars would differ.
With Sebastian Vettel driving, Red Bull dominated the best way Mercedes is dominating now. Vettel won a staggering 13 races in ‘13 — together with the last 9 — to seal a fourth straight title.
Most observers anticipated him, and never Hamilton, to be the one breaking Schumacher’s records.
But the alternative has take placed.
Hamilton seems nearly untouchable as No. 1, as he confirmed with pole place last Saturday in the teeming rain in Austria. It was a record-extending 89th of his career — 21 more than Schumacher — and considered one of his greatest ever.
Vettel’s star has totally pale and he’s struggling in his final yr with Ferrari, and presumably his last ever in F1.
So far he has only one level from two races, together with 10th place on the season-opening Austrian GP, and issues aren’t trying up contemplating how a lot Ferrari is struggling for tempo in qualifying.
Ross Brawn was technical director on all seven of Schumacher’s titles — which incorporates all 5 with Ferrari. Those days are lengthy gone, and the scenario now could be considered one of mounting concern somewhat than overwhelming confidence of back then.
Vettel and Charles Leclerc crashed into one another in two of the past 4 races, together with on Lap One of last weekend’s Styrian GP. Speculation is rife in Italy as as to if Ferrari can arrest the hunch with team principal Mattia Binotto in charge.
“One of the largest issues for Ferrari is that, of all of the teams on the grid, they arrive under the closest scrutiny from the media, notably in Italy,” stated Brawn, who’s now F1’s managing director for motorsport. “I do know from my very own expertise that the media stress in Italy will be extremely intense, and you must be sure that it doesn’t get to your individuals.” The stress is rising on Binotto, who appears at a loss learn how to cease the rot.
“They aren’t going to show it around in a single day, and there’s a protracted highway ahead of them,” Brawn stated.”They want to seek out out if there’s a basic downside with the automotive — and they should discover out quick — as clearly they’re a way off the tempo.”
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