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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.

F1 racing: A fresh young wind, ending the nearly 13-year waiting period

F1 racing saw the top 2 in history when Verstappen had an incredible comeback after the first round to forget and prevent Leclerc from reaching his first career victory.


This is the sixth victory and the second consecutive time Max has crowned at the Red Bull Ring home turf after returning from the fourth starting position in 2018.

The Dutch driver was the last to defeat Mercedes from Mexico last year and in Austria recently, ending the successive circuit of the “silver arrow”. This was the first victory for Honda after Jenson Button’s final coronation at Hungarian GP in 2006, ending the nearly 13-year waiting period.

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 Leclerc dropped the victory after leading the majority of the race for the second time this season, leaving him unable to have the honor of being the winner of all three racing modes at Spielberg (once won at GP3 ​​Series and F2 before). But anyway, the 2nd place is still his best F1 racing achievement to date and beat his teammate in the second stage in a row. Vettel started ninth but finished in fourth place after overcoming Hamilton in the final rounds.

This is the first time in 2019 they did not stand on the highest podium and ended the series of 10 consecutive victories, not being able to balance the McLaren’s 11-stage record set in 1988. Hamilton only got the top 5 results and also lost sequences of consecutive podium and Bottas have for the first time participated in the top 3 without Hamilton since Canadian GP in 2018.

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McLaren won the top battle for the third time in four stages when Norris excelled on Friday. The papaya colored car showed strength throughout the weekend and even Norris had times to step into the top. Sainz also had a memorable race from 19th, he managed to finish at No. 8, helping the team to score the third double scoring of the year. Now after 9 stages, they have surpassed their 2017 scores and are only 10 points behind what they have done in 2018.

Alfa Romeo is the remaining team in the top 10 and has the first double scoring record of the year. The team made good use of the advantage in Q3 to get the 9th and 10th place finishes. Through that, Raikkonen had the sixth stage this year with Antonio Giovinazzi, and the Italian driver finally got it. first score at F1 racing and is the 18th driver to score points in the year. Currently only Williams has no score but they have the fourth stage in a row to win the title Pit Stop the fastest.

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Austrian GP this year saw a lot of accidents on the 6th day of training when the racers faced strong winds. However, all 20 cars avoided the bumps on Sunday, and all returned safely. This race is the 9th stage in history that has been completed without DNF, particularly in the hybrid turbo era, this number is 5, representing the high durability of F1 racing cars in recent years and the near future.