Victory this weekend in Hungary would transfer Lewis Hamilton inside 5 of Michael Schumacher’s record 91 Grand Prix wins, and in addition tie the Formula One nice’s record for wins at a unmarried track.
Given how neatly Hamilton drove remaining weekend to win the Styrian GP in Austria, few would guess in opposition to the British motive force securing an 8th good fortune on the tight and winding Hungaroring on Sunday.
Schumacher lately holds the one-venue record with 8 wins on the French GP, when it used to be staged in Magny-Cours. Schumacher’s first win there used to be in 1994 — when Hamilton used to be embarking on a junior karting occupation that will ultimately ship him to F1 — and his remaining used to be in 2006.
“Every time I’m reminded of the records Michael has, it’s just mind-blowing to me,” Hamilton mentioned. “How many wins, how many championships. Record after record. I’m constantly reminded of his greatness and of the success that he had.” Hamilton’s first win on the Hungarian Grand Prix used to be in 2007, the yr after Schumacher’s remaining in France.
Their careers appear inter-linked.
Hamilton’s first win as a Mercedes motive force used to be additionally in Hungary in 2013 — the yr he changed the retiring Schumacher at Mercedes. In some other parallel, his win that yr equaled Schumacher’s then-record of 4 wins on the Hungaroring.
“I’ve always loved it in Hungary. I don’t know why (but) there are tracks that we excel on,” the 35-year-old Hamilton mentioned.”Budapest and Montreal were my most powerful, specifically at the start of my occupation.” Hamilton is now chasing Schumacher’s record of 7 F1 championships, having received once a year since 2014 with the exception of for when his former Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg received in ‘16.
Seven years ago, Hamilton’s win in Hungary appeared little greater than a blip in Red Bull’s dominance.
Few will have predicted how the trails of 2 F1 stars would vary.
With Sebastian Vettel riding, Red Bull ruled the best way Mercedes is dominating now. Vettel received a staggering 13 races in ‘13 — including the last nine — to seal a fourth straight title.
Most observers expected him, and not Hamilton, to be the one breaking Schumacher’s information.
But the other has took place.
Hamilton appears to be like nearly untouchable as No. 1, as he confirmed with pole place remaining Saturday within the teeming rain in Austria. It used to be a record-extending 89th of his occupation — 21 greater than Schumacher — and considered one of his easiest ever.
Vettel’s celebrity has totally light and he’s suffering in his ultimate yr with Ferrari, and perhaps his remaining ever in F1.
So some distance he has only one level from two races, together with 10th position on the season-opening Austrian GP, and issues don’t seem to be having a look up making an allowance for how a lot Ferrari is suffering for tempo in qualifying.
Ross Brawn used to be technical director on all seven of Schumacher’s titles — which contains all 5 with Ferrari. Those days are lengthy long past, and the placement now’s considered one of mounting fear quite than overwhelming self assurance of again then.
Vettel and Charles Leclerc crashed into every different in two of the previous 4 races, together with on Lap One of remaining weekend’s Styrian GP. Speculation is rife in Italy as as to whether Ferrari can arrest the droop with group major Mattia Binotto in rate.
“One of the biggest problems for Ferrari is that, of all the teams on the grid, they come under the closest scrutiny from the media, particularly in Italy,” mentioned Brawn, who’s now F1’s managing director for motorsport. “I know from my own experience that the media pressure in Italy can be incredibly intense, and you have to make sure it doesn’t get to your people.” The power is expanding on Binotto, who turns out at a loss prevent the rot.
“They aren’t going to turn it around overnight, and there’s a long road ahead of them,” Brawn mentioned.”They want to to find out if there’s a basic drawback with the automobile — they usually want to to find out rapid — as a result of obviously they’re a way off the tempo.”