Lewis Hamilton has set many Formula One data over time, however few as vital as the only he can match Sunday on the Russian Grand Prix. Victory for Hamilton on the Sochi Olympic Park would see him draw degree with Michael Schumacher on 91 occupation wins, greater than every other driving force in the 70-year historical past of F1.
It would additionally additional building up Hamilton’s commanding 55-point lead over teammate Valtteri Bottas in the championship standings, placing him nearer to a 7th global championship, matching any other Schumacher record.
History is on Hamilton’s facet. He’s received 4 of the six Russian races up to now and all six have been received by way of Mercedes drivers. His closest challenger is most probably to be Bottas, who beat Hamilton in the 2017 version of the Russian Grand Prix.
MORE FANS IN STANDS
There might be extra spectators in the stands than for every other race in the pandemic-hit 2020 season. Organizers say the race weekend is bought out however haven’t given ultimate price ticket gross sales figures. Race promoter Alexei Titov up to now instructed Russian state TV that the stands could be at 50 % in their capability, which equates to round 30,000 spectators.
That’s way over the former season prime of three,000 fanatics for the closing race, the Tuscan Grand Prix on the Mugello circuit. Unlike on the closing two races in Italy, there might be a complete leisure program on be offering for fanatics, with concert events that includes a few of Russia’s hottest musicians.
Russian organizers say they’re taking precautions to stay fanatics protected and may have clinical body of workers posted at checkpoints across the venue, and that spectators may have their temperature measured on access.
It’s exhausting to consider that Max Verstappen nonetheless gave the impression of an outdoor name challenger only some weeks in the past. Since then his season has long past up in smoke.
An overheating engine compelled the Dutch driving force out of the race at Monza after which a identical downside struck simply sooner than the beginning of the next race at Mugello. Verstappen used to be a ways slower off the road than the vehicles round him and used to be struck by way of Kimi Raikkonen’s Alfa Romeo.
That leaves Verstappen a complete 80 issues off Hamilton in the standings, despite the fact that he may just rebound by way of making an attempt to make up the 25-point hole to Bottas in 2d position.