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Top 5 most notable highlights of F1 season 2020

Despite the impact of COVID-19, F1 season 2020 has ended spectacularly, there is no shortage of things to remember.

Lewis Hamilton continued to shatter Michael Schumacher’s records, but also began to feel the pressure from Max Verstappen and George Russell. These are just a few notable points of F1 2020.

1. The best racer of the year

No one is second to Lewis Hamilton after he repeatedly crashed F1 records. Even Michael Schumacher’s Grand Prix victories are outdone: Hamilton now has 95, compared to German legend 91. Hamilton even caught up with Michael Schumacher’s record seven times in the league. At the age of 35, Hamilton – going to be called Sir Lewis – still seems energetic and aspirational to conquer new records.

2. Max Verstappen and George Russell deserved to be the best racers

Immediately after Hamilton, Max Verstappen and George Russell deserved to be seen as the best racers, slightly better than Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc. Verstappen’s speed has long made an impression, and Russell was noticed from the moment he got into Hamilton’s car on the Bahrain track.

Although only a few days with the Silver Arrow, Russell has shown great speed and judgment. At the same time, he proved very self-controlled. From the time he accepted the invitation from Williams to move to Mercedes until the moment he left, he had all the right statements, not arrogant nor self-deprecating.

3. The impressive photo

George Russell is rich in potential

Regrettably, it’s not a pretty picture: Romain Grosjean’s Haas car on a Bahrain race track rushes 225 km/h into a row of metal barriers and ignites like a fireball. It was not until 25 seconds later that Romain Grosjean got out of the car and the fire was in an unbelievably healed condition, with only his hands burned.

4. Chase Carey maintains the F1 Championship

Becoming the successor of Bernie Ecclestone, Chase Carey was able to maintain the F1 Championship despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizing 17 races over 24 weeks is a real feat for Chase Carey. From early 2021, let’s wait and see if new F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali can perform better or not.

5. The Nightmare COVID-19

COVID-19 pandemic caused at every race, the organizer must test at least 35 times. The irony is that the organizers usually only test the riders, not the reporters. Because of COVID-19, some F1 racing tournaments were canceled.

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Why did Lewis Hamilton announce he could break up with F1?

Lewis Hamilton is looking for a contract with a record salary in F1 history but is now at risk of only enjoying a poor salary, not just at Mercedes.

The British racer has just won the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix and if he succeeds again in Istanbul next week, he will have his 7th World Champion title, catching the legendary Schumacher record, despite teammate Valtteri Bottas’s performance, also the most dangerous opponent.

The reason why Hamilton suddenly wanted to break up with F1 was probably that he has yet to close a new contract with Mercedes. The 35-year-old driver wants a new 3-year contract, each year receiving a new record salary of F1 of 40 million pounds. This salary is up to 5 million pounds (150 billion) higher than the amount that Hamilton is receiving at Mercedes.

But if Mercedes continues to delay until the new F1 salary regulations take effect, Hamilton will only receive a maximum of £ 22 million per season, more than half of his request.

Lewis Hamilton announced he could break up with F1

Of course, the F1 salary will only apply from 2023. However, the effective date of this regulation is easy to start early, not to mention it also affects Hamilton’s contract due to an extended deadline. from 2021-2023.

Lewis Hamilton’s father burst into tears when his son broke a world record

Another record for Michael Schumacher fell when Lewis Hamilton won the Portuguese Grand Prix. No one knows for Lewis to achieve his current achievements, how much sacrifice his father had to make when he was handcuffed to plow 3 “jobs” so that his son could soon satisfy his passion behind in mausoleum.

Now, Lewis Hamiton’s next goal is to catch up and hit Schumacher’s record six times in the league!

On Schumacher’s 14-year journey to break the KLT, Hamilton thought he had failed at a time by dropping to 3rd after the rain in Portugal, but then sprang up to win 8th out of 12 Grand Prix races ​​this year. He is 25.5 seconds more than his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen finished 3rd.

This feat increased in magnitude in Hamilton’s record collection. Not only does he currently have the most number of Grand Prix wins, but he also holds the record for taking the pole 97 times, a record 161 waking times on the podium, and a record of 45 consecutive points after the race.

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The results of Imola Grand Prix 2020, Ineos took over Mercedes

F1 history has just set another record for Mercedes, after their two riders, Hamilton and Bottas took a turn at the Imola Grand Prix 2020 respectively.

At Imola Grand Prix 2020 over the weekend, Lewis Hamilton finished first and teammate Valtteri Bottas finished second. As a result, Mercedes soon became the F1 champion team this season. This is the 7th consecutive year that Mercedes has dominated F1. That is an achievement that no team has ever done in the history of this sport.

Thanks to this feat, all members of the team are rewarded with a big bonus that each person receives about 10,000 pounds. The 93rd victory at the Grand Prix brought Hamilton closer to the 7th World Championship, a record held by Schumacher.

At Imola Grand Prix 2020 over the weekend, Lewis Hamilton finished first

3rd place belongs to Daniel Ricciardo and this is the second time Australian racers have stood on the podium of glory this season. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was in a crash so it was not in the first three classes.

Ineos and the richest man in England took over Mercedes

Just bought a fleet of Sky bikes last year, Ineos joined Sir Jim Ratcliffe in entering F1 with the acquisition of a majority stake to take control of Mercedes.

After Ferrari fell into the hands of the Americans, Mercedes has superstar Lewis Hamilton’s turn to close a contract to sell 70% of a 70% stake worth 700 million pounds this weekend to chemical giant Ineos and Sir. Jim Ratcliffe.

Last year, when he bought Sky bicycle racing team, Ineos revealed his intention to invest in F1 with a Mercedes sponsorship contract of 100 million pounds at the beginning of this season. Ineos showed great interest in sports, so he also owned the French team Nice and sponsored Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup yachting race.

Billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe takes control of Mercedes

Eddie Jordan – former Mercedes leader and another source close to the racing team have confirmed the transaction regarding this German team. At the same time, it is expected that Toto Wolff will sell a 30% stake in Ineos to transfer to an advisory role.

The new owners said they kept the Mercedes racing team name for the 2021 and 2022 seasons. The reason was that under the sponsorship agreement, the Ineos name was present on the side of Mercedes racing cars.

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Lewis Hamilton and 7 wonders in his F1 racing career

At the Portuguese Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton just broke another record of the legendary Schumacher in the F1 racing.

The number 7 seems to have a very special significance for the career of British F1 driver Lewis Hamilton. Because until now, he has just set up 7 wonders or 7 records of Formula 1 racing village. And another goal also carries number 7 within the reach of the Mercedes star: Becoming the first F1 driver 7 times VĐTG.

413 points in one season

This is the record that Hamilton set in 2019, breaking his old record in 2018.

225 points at the end of the race

Hamilton is four ahead of runner-up Schumacher. Calculated, Hamilton scored in 86% of the races he participated, the highest performance in history, more than Juan Manuel Fangio with 81% (43 wins in 53 races).

161 podium wins

Hamilton just beat a record 155 times by Schumacher earlier this season.

45 consecutive points with points

This record was created by Hamilton at the British Grand Prix and also raised by him. Hamilton is also ranked second in the list of riders with the longest streak with 33 points from 2016-2018.

92 Grand Prix champions

Hamilton just set a bouncing record in Portugal over the weekend. The old record 91 times created by the legend of Schumacher 14 years ago was finally deleted.

97 times to take the pole

24 is the number of countries and territories that each host the Grand Prix that the victory belongs to Hamilton. Only two places that Hamilton has ever held the Grand Prix F1 that Hamilton has not conquered are India in the period 2011-2013 and Korea from 2010-2013.

Hamilton is even 29 times ahead of runner-up is Schumacher.

The 24 countries that saw Hamilton crowned Hamilton are the UAE with Abu Dhabi, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, UK, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, and Portugal. Portugal, TNK, Singapore, Spain, Russia and the US. Schumacher holds a record 6 times in the F1 World Championship.

7 times F1 world champion

Hamilton is aiming to hit the record 6 times that the World Championship is held by Schumacher. With 8 Grand Prix victories and only 5 races in the 2020 season, he is 77 points higher than his teammates and also the biggest rival – Valtteri Bottas.

If all wins at the end of this season, Hamilton will meet the record of winning 13 Grand Prix in one season by … Schumacher in 2004 and Sebastian Vettel in 2013.

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Gasly won the championship at the Italian GP

Mercedes made a serious mistake with Hamilton, then Pierre Gasly of Alpha Tauri finished first in the race with a series of events in Monza on September 6.

Gasly won the championship at the Italian GP

The victory after twelve years of waiting for Alpha Tauri – formerly the Toro Rosso team – on the Monza race made the Italian Grand Prix 2020 become one of the most memorable and shocking races in F1 history. The last time Red Bull’s B team won first place was also at Monza when Sebastian Vettel scored.

Two times of safety vehicles appeared in a row at the end of the first half, pushing Mercedes into a difficult position and causing world champion Lewis Hamilton to make mistakes. The golden opportunity was placed on Gasly, who was once disgraced at Red Bull, and the 24-year-old French racer made full use of it, finishing first with a record 36 minutes 39,174 seconds.

Gasly was overjoyed and crying on the podium

The first starting advantage with the remarkable W11 gives Hamilton easy control over the race and continually increases the distance with the back group at the first third of the race. By the 20th round, the distance between the Mercedes star and the second runner, Carlos Sainz Jnr (McLaren), was more than 12 seconds.

In the 20th round, Kevin Magnussen’s car broke down and had to stay on the side of the track, the safety car was deployed to serve the cleaning. The safety vehicle appears just before the optimal time for pit racers.

At this point, Mercedes made a mistake and caused Hamilton to lose his 90th victory when he called Hamilton to change the tire as soon as the safety car just went to the track without realizing that at that time the car was banned from the pit.

In the first group, Stroll missed a chance to win when a bad start and fell behind Gasly and Sainz in the next round. Sainz also quickly surpassed Raikkonen to chase after Gasly to win first place. But While trying to reach the last seconds, the Spanish driver still could not catch up with his opponent, so he accepted second place.

With the strange trio Gasly, Sainz, and Stroll on the podium, Mercedes is absent from the top three for the first time this year. This is also the first time since 2014, the big three Mercedes, Red Bull, and Ferrari do not appear on the podium.

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Hamilton won the pole at the Spanish Grand Prix

British F1 driver Lewis Hamilton defeated his teammate Valtteri Bottas in the qualifying round on August 15, to win the starting right on the Catalunya race.

Not only won the pole at the Spanish GP, previously, Lewis Hamilton also won GP Styrian.

The 1 minute 15,584 second result performed by Hamilton was only 0.059 seconds faster than Bottas’s performance. Red Bull Max Verstappen star was left behind for 0.708 seconds but still easily won the right to start third, just ahead of Sergio Perez – Racing Point racer who returned after two stops due to coronavirus infection.

Ferrari continued to have a pretty bad starting record with Charles Leclerc starting only ninth, two places ahead of teammate Sebastian Vettel.

Catalunya first held the F1 race in mid-August instead of the usual May. The racing teams continued to struggle with hot weather, the track surface temperature sometimes reached 47 degrees Celsius, making tire retention still an important issue for the teams.

The first two qualifying rounds (Q1 and Q2) were not a big surprise except that Vettel continued to be eliminated early from Q2, although Ferrari changed the chassis to overcome difficulties for him from this stage.

The German driver almost entered Q3 when he was less than 10th place with 0.002 seconds. The 15 riders in Q2 all used soft tires for the best performance, except for the old general Kimi Raikkonen who used the medium tire.

Major developments of the Spanish Grand Prix 2020

By Q3, Bottas appeared on the track with soft tires earlier than his teammates and achieved 1 minute 15,643 seconds in the first run to temporarily take the first place. But Hamilton quickly climbed to No. 1 when he achieved impressive results 1 minute 15,584 seconds.

Verstappen only reached 1 minute 16,292 seconds and temporarily took third place. Meanwhile, after the first run, Leclerc ranked seventh with the result of 1 minute 17,297 seconds.

In the second run of Q3, Bottas continued to run ahead of Hamilton, but the Finnish driver’s 1-minute 15,659 result still lacked his personal achievement in the first run. It seems that the surface quality of the track has deteriorated, so Hamilton and Verstappen have not improved their achievements and the final top 3 order remains the same as the first run.

The McLaren duo improved their results in the second run, causing Leclerc to drop to ninth place, starting just before Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri). Carlos Sainz’s achievement was 0.04 seconds faster than his teammate, Lando Norris also surpassed only 0.003 seconds above Leclerc.