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F1 racing: Hamilton waits for the chance to win the 6th title

The victory in the Russian race helped Lewis Hamilton get closer to the 6th world championship, which could help him reach the goal of leveling the legendary record of Michael Schumacher 7 times.


Currently, the British driver is 73 points ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas and 130 points to run for the last 5 races of the season. Each stage win is worth 25 points and it also earns points for any driver in the top 10 and for the fastest lap run. The order of the scores for the first 10 finishers is in turn: 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1.

Hamilton will not be able to win the championship in the next race in Japan because the maximum distance he can reach with teammates is 99 points while there are still 104 points that Bottas can achieve in the following 4 races. But the opportunity is closer to Hamilton than in the two races immediately followed by the Mexican Grand Prix and the US Grand Prix.

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Counting back the previous victories, Hamilton had the same score with Bottas even when the Finnish driver won every race, meaning that his teammates would always have to finish with more points if they wanted to enter the enemy world. Take a look back to the 2018 season.

At the Mexcio race, he needs to get a lead of 78 points or more. In the US leg, he only needs to lead 52 points or more. And so on, he will only need to lead 27 points after the penultimate race in Brazil ended. It is hard to imagine that until the last stage, the world champion is determined.

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Hamilton has overtaken Bottas in 10 of the last 12 races so it is likely that he will also finish before the team in Suzuka. He will need a points gap greater than 6 in the next two races if he wants to win the championship in Mexico. He won the world title at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in 2017 and 2018 but this season there was a position swap with the track in Austin, USA. Austin promoters had hoped the change would increase Hamilton’s chances of winning the title in the United States – what he did in 2015 – but the change could have the opposite effect.

The Mercedes team driver is currently ranked second in the list of world champions of all time, ranking with the world champion Juan Manuel Fangio 5 times. A sixth title will help him take second place, meaning that only one more time, Hamilton will equal Schumacher’s record, and further than breaking the record of his predecessors. The Russian Grand Prix is ​​the 82nd championship of Hamilton’s racing career.

Russian GP racing: Determined to protect the throne in Sochi

Sochi race in Russia will be the next stop of F1 races after the Singapore GP race last weekend.


Ferrari did something that surprised fans when they had their first 1-2 victory at the Marina Bay Circuit since Singapore GP was put into the F1 system starting in 2008.

The victory in Singapore GP 2019 is the 3rd consecutive victory of the team from Italy Calculating from the second phase of the kick-off season. It was also Vettel’s first victory in the 2019 season after 392 days without knowing the winning taste since the Belgium race in 2018.

Vettel’s victory is particularly important in the current period of the season, which adds to the confidence of Ferrari as well as their four-time world-class steering wheel. Ferrari’s 3 successive victories prove that they have returned to their design trajectories with increasingly efficient upgrades, the car’s compression has been improved significantly on many different types of racing tracks. more important than that, it proves that Mercedes is not invincible at the moment.

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In addition to technical factors, Ferrari’s tactical team has also improved significantly. They made the correct and timely decision to put their steering wheel in the most favorable situation possible, the most evident demonstration of the 1-2 victory in the past week in Singapore.

In Singapore GP, Mercedes was completely passive in front of its rivals, they responded slowly to the happenings on the run and the results of both Mercedes steering wheel only came in 4th and 5th place after the race ended. end. 3 consecutive defeats to Ferrari is really impossible to swallow when before that in every race they always take the initiative in their play.

The problem of Mercedes is purely technical and tactical, but in addition to the above 2 Ferrari, they also need to thoroughly resolve internal conflicts when Vettel won the weekend. A cheerful atmosphere will energize Ferrari to succeed in the cold runs this weekend in Sochi.

The news is quite important that Mercedes will return to McLaren as an engine supplier since the 2020 season. It can be said that, since the departure of Mercedes and Hamilton, the traditional British rich racing team has not been self.

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They have lost the image for the past several seasons, hoping the return will show fans the image of a proud McLaren in the past. Pirelli will provide C2-C3-C4 tire combos for the teams in the race in Sochi, since the 2014 season, the first place in Sochi has always belonged to the drivers of Mercedes.

Hamilton has won 3 victories in Russia, this time back, with 3 consecutive defeats against Ferrari, fans hope to see the strength of the defending champion to assert their position. Although Ferrari claims there will be no more upgrades this season, they are focusing on the car that will compete in the 2020 season.

However, with the improvement in the second half of the season, the excitement of Vettel’s victory along with the desire to assert himself of young driver Leclerc. Mercedes may again find it difficult to defend its dominance in Sochi.

Who can challenge Lewis Hamilton?

The question is not new in recent F1 seasons: Who can challenge Lewis Hamilton, the driver who is aiming for the 6th world championship in history?


After 14 races this season, the challengers begin to surface.

Max Verstappen

At the end of this month, Verstappen officially turned 22 years old. But this is already the 5th season he is present in F1 races, and just need to play 5 more races, this rider will officially reach the milestone 100th Grand Prix of his career. The Dutchman’s mark was shown at his first appearance on the Toro Rosso team in 2015. Shortly after, he moved to Red Bull and won his first win in the Spanish race.

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Since then, Verstappen has got 6 other stage wins, including 2 from this season. He was one of the most impressive riders in the first half of the season, along with Hamilton. After two unsatisfactory races in Belgium and Italy, Verstappen is still considered a bright candidate for the Singapore race this weekend.

Charles Leclerc

Leclerc impressed with two victories in the Belgian and Italy stages after F1 underwent a mid-season break. He was discovered talent by Ferrari 3 years ago. The career of the driver from Monaco is marked by the championship in smaller races such as GP3 or F2, before he came to Sauber racing team last year.

Leclerc on the other hand, had a much better impression than team-mate Sebastian Vettel. He is full of opportunities for the eighth time to overtake German riders in the class achievements, as well as to increase the current 13-point gap on the F1 race rankings.

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These are undoubtedly the two drivers with the most potential to challenge Hamilton’s championship, not just because of their position in the rankings. Playing on top teams like Ferrari or Red Bull will increase the chances of winning the stage for Verstappen or Leclerc, thanks to their ability to compete on the most optimal motor vehicles.

Of course, this does not mean the hope of a full closure for potential drivers in less prestigious and financially viable teams. Faces like Alex Albon, Lando Norris or George Russell still have the right to dream of one day becoming one of the top F1 riders.