With the 2020 Turkish Grand Prix coming up this weekend at the Intercity Istanbul Park, Mercedes’ driver Lewis Hamilton will have his first chance to seal the seventh Formula 1 World Championship of his illustrious motor racing career, and the possibilities are quite a lot for him to succeed in equalling Michael Schumacher’s record of seven F1 titles.
Having won nine of the first 13 races of the revised 2020 Formula One calendar, Hamilton now has an 85-point gap over his teammate Valtteri Bottas, with only 78 points remaining after the upcoming race at Turkey, Bottas needs to outscore Hamilton by eight points at Istanbul to maintain his little title hopes alive (but with the pandemic, nothing is sealed until is sealed).
Hamilton, on his side, could finish second behind Bottas and achieve the Fastest Lap to secure his fourth-straight World Drivers’ Championship triumph, his sixth with Mercedes and seventh overall (he won with McLaren-Mercedes back in 2008, in his second F1 season).
The current points format in the Formula One World Championship (25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1 and 1 point for Fastest Lap if the driver finished in the Top 10) gives Hamilton many chances to secure his record-equalling seventh World Championship even without scoring points (if Bottas finishes seventh or worse).
The main chance Bottas has to take the championship to the following race at Bahrain is winning and scoring the Fastest Lap, but it will not be easy to beat Hamilton in Turkey, especially with some rain on the radar for Sunday’s race.
Will lewis hamilton win?
It is likely that Hamilton will secure his seventh Formula 1 World Championship in this race or the next, but he will surely need to do it as soon as possible, as anything crazy could be on the cards during this weird 2020.
Could Hamilton take advantage of his first ‘match-ball’ in Turkey? Well, in his previous six World Championships, Hamilton did not usually secure his titles in the first chance he got, as only his 2015 triumph was sealed in the first race in which he had the chance to close it out.
If anything, Formula 1’s return to the magnificent Intercity Istanbul Park will be spectacular, and Hamilton’s chance to rewrite another chapter of motor racing’s history makes it even more exciting.