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British GP statistics: Lewis Hamilton continues to get more records

British GP has a ‘heart-warming’ ending to many people, especially with Mercedes. This team is still happy when their champions continues to win deservedly and set many new impressive records.

The third pole in a row in 2020 is also the 91st pole of Lewis Hamilton‘s career, but more importantly, this achievement helps him hold a new record – the first driver to get 7 poles in the home race.

Meanwhile, Mercedes is also the first team to have 8 consecutive poles at a racetrack in history, stretching from the 2013 season. That number will likely increase to 9 in the next leg next weekend.

Hamilton has 20 races leading all races in his career

This is also the 65th time that the “black pearl” of England has the fastest achievement on Saturday for the team nicknamed “silver arrow”, the number is equal to the pole achievement in the career of legend Ayrton Senna, whom Hamilton always revered and idolized.

Hamilton has 20 races leading all races in his career

Besides, this race is also the 25th time a British driver has won the first starting position in British GP. Hamilton has started for Mercedes a total of 144 races so far, and he also made his first 100 starts for the German team. Mercedes also continued to take the lead with the record of taking the first full line with 66th in history.

Compared to 2019, Mercedes’ ranking performance improved by 0.7 seconds, while Red Bull and Ferrari were both about 0.2 to 0.3 seconds slower with their best performance.

But thanks to the efforts of Max Verstappen, he and Red Bull for the first time since 2016 started in the top 3 at Silverstone. Meanwhile, Ferrari has its best 7th-day performance in 2020 with Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel balancing 2-2 in terms of individual head-to-head scores.

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Lewis Hamilton leveled Michael Schumacher’s record

A historic Sunday at the Nurburgring. After 7 years F1 returned to the German racetrack, F1 racing village has witnessed the great record of 91 winning races leveled by champion Lewis Hamilton. From here he has come a long way to winning the 7th world championship in 2020.

Valtteri Bottas is the winner of the pole position with a new track record – 1 minute 25,269 seconds, his third starting start this season. He has improved 16 places from the only time he went to the racetrack in the past, in 2013 for the Williams racing team, his first F1 season.

Lewis Hamilton ranked No. 2 and brought in the 72nd time Mercedes took the first line

Lewis Hamilton ranked No. 2 and brought in the 72nd time Mercedes took the first line, also the 400th stage in the history of a Mercedes motor vehicle to start in the top 2.

Hamilton and Schumacher both had 91 F1 wins

In 4 of the last 5 F1 races taking place at the Nurburgring, the winners all started 2nd place – including Hamilton himself in 2011. Max Verstappen ranked 3rd in the 5th leg of the last 8 races. when Charles Leclerc and Ferrari got their best Saturday results since the British GP – seven races ago. Alex Albon is only the fourth time this season is in the top 5 in the ranking run

Daniel Ricciardo won sixth for Renault, in the same position he did for Toro Rosso during his previous Nurburgring visit in 2013. Lando Norris beat teammate Carlos Sainz for the first time in six races when both ranked 8 and 10.

Hamilton and Schumacher both had 91 F1 wins

Alternating between them was Sergio Perez, the Racing Point driver whose worst Saturday (dry) performance this year. Sebastian Vettel – the most recent winner here – was eliminated in Q2 and ranked 11th only.

Verstappen targets the final top 2 in 2020

Pierre Gasly (12th) ranked above teammate Daniil Kvyat for the 9th time in 11 races. The Russian driver started 11th or 12th in the last 5 races, but at the Eifel GP, he only got 13th. Antonio Giovinazzi has the best ranking of the year with 14th place, also the first time he passed.

In contrast, the remaining driver of Alfa Romeo, who will become F1’s most experienced driver with the 323 starting stage, begins the race in the last row.

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Changes in the development of the F1 race over the past 70 years (Part 2)

1970: Lotus introduced the aerodynamic principle of the ground effect that provides enormous downforce and greatly increases the speed of turning.

Reforming safety standards (1980 – present)

1982 – 1990: The replacement of aluminum with a firmer material rather than carbon fiber in the construction of a chassis minimizes loss of life on F1 races.

The FIA ​​unexpectedly baned performance-enhancing electronic technologies

1994: The FIA ​​unexpectedly baned performance-enhancing electronic technologies, leading to quite a few racing cars no longer maintaining the required level of safety while their capacity is steadily increasing year by year.

The consequences were the deaths of legendary racer Ayrton Senna and Austrian racing driver Roland Ratzenberger. Since then, safety has become F1’s top concern.

2003: FIA adopted the head and neck safety support system (HANS), which reduces the force applied to the head by over 65%, nearly 90% of the force applied to the driver’s neck in all cases, minimizing the Injury can happen.

2017: FIA adopted a HALO – titanium device, weighs about 9kg with 3 main axes, the front axle is located in the center of the body in front of the cockpit, 2 side axes extend to the back, covering the seating position of the racer.

In 2017, FIA adopted a HALO

In 2010, FIA removed the old scoring system 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 for 8 riders at the beginning of each stage. Instead, the top 10 drivers in each race will be graded on a 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1 scale. FIA officials believe that the 7-point gap between the first and second place holders, instead of just 2 points, will make the races more drastic.

Most recently, in 2019, F1 organizers issued a new rule with the content. There were Bonus 1 extra point for the driver to achieve the fastest lap (the fastest lap time) to encourage the racers to reach the highest speed. Teams with the fastest lap drivers will also be awarded points. However, to be awarded points, the rider must be ranked in the top 10 of the race.

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Changes in the development of the F1 race over the past 70 years (Part 1)

Few people know what the “formula” in the name of the most prestigious race on the planet means and how it has changed over the past 70 years.

The formula in the name Formula – F1 is the term for a system of rules that apply in the tournament, which requires all participating teams to comply. The innovations of the formula over time are a contributor to the appeal and uniqueness of this world’s No. 1 racing race.

Expanding the range with a variety of styles

Formula 1 racing has its origins in the European Motor Racing Grand Prix in the 1920s and 1930s. However, it was not until 1946 that the rules of the tournament were adopted by the International Automobile Federation (FIA) standardization and official races were first held in 1950.

Europe is the cradle of F1. However, the endless passion of the fans with the fast-paced tracks spread to North America, South America, and then Asia, making F1 become the No. 1 racing worldwide.

F1 race in Australia

In Asia, China, Malaysia, Singapore held the first F1 races in 2008. The United Arab Emirates began hosting in 2009.

Up to now, half of F1’s races have been held outside of Europe with separate and unique tracks in each host country and region, thereby offering very different F1 race year by year.

Improving technology, focusing more on safety

1950: The first F1 tournament was held in Silverstone, England. This season, the racing teams use pre-World War cars like Alfa’s 158.

1959: The first major technological innovation – Cooper’s re-production of mid-range motor cars – won Australian driver Jack Brabham’s world championship in 1959, 1960, and 1966.

1961: All the riders in the competition have switched to mid-range motor cars.

The BRM on F1 in 1960 track

1962 – 1973: Colin Chapman – designer and founder of Team Lotus introduce the car with an aluminum chassis attached to the body instead of traditional chassis design. This innovation has put the British team to dominate the F1 track with 12 championships.

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The first Tuscan GP race found its first champion in history

After 3 persistent races in just one afternoon (3 times starting from the line), the first Tuscan GP race found the first champion in history. Hamilton successfully defended his starting advantage at the pole to win the race at Mugello racecourse. Here are detailed statistics of this race.

Champion Lewis Hamilton

Champion Lewis Hamilton continued to show impressive form and added a bit of luck to reach the first pole in Tuscan GP race history. He won the 69th pole with his Mercedes racing team. Previously, Hamilton also finished first at British GP 2020.

Mercedes has now had seven consecutive “lockdowns” for the first time in a row and they are approaching the 9-stage record they ever made in the 2014-15 period. This is the 3rd of the last 4 races that the top 3 fastest drivers are Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas, and Max Verstappen, respectively.

Meanwhile, the fourth-place belonged to the remaining Red Bull driver, Alex Albon. This is the highest starting position of the Thai driver at F1, the last time he achieved at the opening stage at the Red Bull Ring.

The first Tuscan GP championship went to the racer # 44

During Scuderia Ferrari’s 1000th anniversary race, Charles Leclerc reached Q3 for the first time since the Spanish GP and won 5th place. And teammate Sebastian Vettel continued to be eliminated in Q2 and ranked 14th, even also lost to Kimi Raikkonen – 13th place – in the Alfa Romeo. However, the German driver is only 0.053 seconds away from being eliminated in Q1.

Sergio Perez has a 6th ranking result but is fined 1 place for the collision at FP2. This helps Lance Stroll in the back to be promoted and has the 5th leg of the top 6 in the last 7 races. Lando Norris (McLaren) was unable to make the Q3 debut since last year’s Brazilian GP, ​​ending the 9 consecutive Q3 appearances for the young British driver.

Albon also had its first podium F1 in his career

Albon also had its first podium F1 in his career

Hamilton had the third time in his career crowned in the first leg at a racetrack after two races in Austin in 2012 and Sochi 2014. He set a new record when this was the 222nd scoring stage in his career, surpassing the legendary Schumacher. Besides, the 42nd leg of the consecutive ranked finish helps the # 44 driver break Nick Heidfeld’s previous performance and have an F1 record of his own.

His 90th win in the English driver career took him one step closer to Schumacher’s 91st mark, and he might balance it on the next leg at Sochi.

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Hamilton won the pole at the Grand Prix Tuscan

Lewis Hamilton beat the Mercedes teammate, Valtteri Bottas, to get the starting right on the Mugello track, Ferrari’s home ground.

The 1-minute 15,144-second achievement performed by Hamilton in the classification round on September 12 was only faster than Bottas’s performance of 0.059 seconds. Red Bull Max Verstappen racer was far behind 0.35 seconds, but still easily took the right to start third, just ahead of teammate Alexander Albon.

Meanwhile, the fifth place in the home qualifying round is considered an encouraging result for Charles Leclerc in the context of his Ferrari having many difficulties in the 1000 race. The remaining member of Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel is only starting 14th.

Engine power, experience were promoted at the right time and luckily helped Hamilton achieve the highest ranking achievement on the Mugello race, Scarperia e San Piero, Italy on September 12.

Bottas soon proved to be a fierce competitor to Hamilton at Mugello by leading all three test runs. In the qualifying round, the Finnish driver of the Mercedes team continued to play on par with Hamilton.

Bottas was 0.029 seconds faster than his teammate in the first qualifying round (Q1). In Q2, Hamilton regained his original position when he outperformed Bottas by 0.013 seconds. By the first turn of Q3, the British driver continued to widen the gap when he appeared first on the track and achieved 1 minute 15,144 seconds.

Bottas followed suit, but only managed 1 minute 15,203 seconds, 0.059 seconds behind Hamilton. Verstappen ran after the Mercedes team in the first run and only achieved 1 minute 15,546 seconds.

The second run of Q3

In the second run of Q3, Hamilton continued to be early on the track, but he did not improve his performance, only achieving 1 minute 15.318 seconds of results. Verstappen raised the record to 1 minute 15,509 seconds but not enough to surpass the Mercedes duo.

Running was almost the last, but Bottas could not beat his teammates when Esteban Ocon (Renault) drives away caused the yellow flag to be raised. The cars had to slow down, so the Finnish driver could not pass the first run.

Before the Mugello race, Leclerc predicted Ferrari would not be as inferior as the previous two races at Spa-Francorchamps and Monza. However, the Monaco driver probably did not dare to think of him starting fifth, after only four cars from Mercedes and Red Bull. In contrast, teammate Vettel still dived at the bottom of the middle group and was 0.534 seconds slower than Leclerc.

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The first time in seven years that no major racing team finished first

The victory of Pierre Gasly, the 24-year-old Scuderia AlphaTauri racer, marked the first time in seven years that no major racing team finished first in an F1 stage.

It has been 147 races since winning an F1 stage that does not belong to Mercedes, Ferrari, or Red Bull. The first 128 races in the V6 era, the Big 3 always won. The last time a team outside this group won was GP Australia 2013, which belonged to Lotus – the team had dissolved.

Gasly rejoiced after winning the Monza racetrack

Gasly’s victory was also the second time that AlphaTauri – formerly Toro Rosso – won F1. Red Bull’s team B did this last time at Monza racetrack, with Sebastian Vettel.

Gasly was only three months old when the last French racer won an F1. That was Olivier Panis at GP Monaco 1996. After the race, French President Emmanuel Macron personally called to congratulate Gasly, but he missed the call due to sharing joy with his associates.

Gasly’s first season at F1 was 2018 when he wore Toro Rosso. A year later, he was transferred to A – Red Bull – team with Max Verstappen after Daniel Ricciardo’s departure. It was also a time when difficulties struck the French racer – as he mentioned about the turbulence 18 months ago in his career.

Gasly had two accidents during pre-season trials. Of course, his performance was immediately compared to Verstappen – who won two stages and always ranked in the top 5 in the first 12 stages of the 2019 season. In contrast, Gasly only twice entered the top 5.

The 24-year-old racer wins points on the first stage back to Toro Rosso. But that achievement was overshadowed by the tragedy of the F2 track. Gasly’s friend and countryman – Anthoine Hubert – had an accident and died. However, Gasly still finished strongly by finishing second in the Brazilian GP, ​​after Verstappen.

This season, Gasly is one of the most stable riders. At the Belgian GP last week, he was voted by fans as the best racer with an emotional performance, especially in the situation of overtaking Sergio Perez. The Spa-Francorchamps racetrack is where Hubert passed away a year ago.

After the Italian GP award ceremony, Gasly sat with his face on the podium to receive the prize, enjoying his emotions alone. This is probably one of the most impressive images of this F1 season.

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The race celebrating 70 years of F1: Verstappen ascended the throne

Max Verstappen was the winner, which put an end to the Mercedes team’s absolute winning record during the past four races.

Normally, Hamilton was always confident in his ability to win at his hometown after winning his first race at Silverstone a week before. After all, there was no second consecutive victory for him right back home.

Again, the tire problem made Hamilton and Mercedes struggling

In this F1 race, the Mercedes team could not find a solution to solving the tire condition on both Hamilton and Bottas’s cars. That problem caused Bottas to lose his place in the podium in the last few rounds, while Hamilton had to maneuver the car in fear and finish in a tattered tire situation.

The majority of drivers, which include Verstappen, have switched to hard tires to adapt to hot weather in British races. However, the Hamilton-Bottas duo chose the medium tire to start the race. Things did not support the Mercedes racing team when Bottas and Hamilton had a tire problem in turn.

On the other side, that was good news for Verstappen, as the young Dutch driver believed in using hard tires right from the start. He continuously widened the gap with the Bottas-Hamilton duo.

Mercedes of course did not give up. They accept that Bottas is behind Verstappen, but still bet that Hamilton can use all his talents to keep the top with a one-time pit strategy after the Dutch racer enters the pit for the second time.

After all, that calculation of the German team failed when Hamilton was forced to enter the pit for the second time after witnessing the gap with Verstappen gradually decreasing to the threshold of 8 seconds. From that moment on, the 35-year-old understood that a place in the podium was what he could aim for, rather than towards winning his fifth of the last six races at Silverstone.

The first win of Verstappen at the Silverstone track helped him take Bottas’ second place on the individual rankings.

It is still too early to talk about the possibility of Verstappen taking the throne of Hamilton when F1 this season only goes through the fifth stage. However, Verstappen and Red Bull were expected to prevent Mercedes from turning the F1 race into a solo playing field like last season.

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Hamilton finished first at British GP 2020 (Part 2)

Despite being tens of seconds away from rivals, when entering the final stage, the parameters sent to the instructors show that the left front tires of the two W11 are seriously degraded. Despite trying to slow down to hold, Mercedes’ effort failed. Bottas was the first to encounter a disaster and suffered severe consequences.

As soon as he reached round 50 and passed the pit entrance, Bottas’s left front tire was torn open, the W11 was pulled back and was forced to run nearly a full circle to return to the pit. After replacing the new tires, Bottas fell below the top 10.

Hamilton finished first at British GP 2020

Verstappen suddenly got second place and creating a distance of nearly 30 seconds with Leclerc’s rear car. The driver immediately returned to the tire changing pit. Red Bull’s rider, therefore, managed to stay safe in the final round. He earned an extra point by setting up the fastest-lap. This thanks to the new set of tires, while retaining the second place.

When Verstappen thought it would focus on keeping the second position because the distance to the first place was more than 30 seconds, Hamilton’s turn broke the tire. The incident in the last round caused the British driver to decelerate quickly.

The distance between Hamilton and Verstappen is constantly narrowing. But despite the heart-stopping moments, the time left is too little for Red Bull riders to reverse the situation.

When the finish, Hamilton still about 6 seconds ahead of the opponent. This is the third consecutive victory in the season of defending champion in the world.

The seventh victory in Hamilton’s F1 career on the track of Silverstone forte helped the British driver outrun his teammate and Bottas’ most dangerous opponent by 30 points. Despite the effort in the final round, the Finnish driver still could not enter the top 10, so he left the British Grand Prix empty-handed.

The individual unlucky Bottas brings little joy to the Ferrari racing team. Leclerc got into the top three thanks to a Mercedes incident. Sebastian Vettel also made it into the top 10 and got another consolation point, after struggling through the competition with Lance Stroll, Pierre Gasly and Albon.

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Hamilton finished first at British GP 2020 (Part 1)

Having a flat tire in the final round, Lewis Hamilton finished first in the British Grand Prix, while teammate Mercedes F1, Valtteri Bottas finished 11th despite a similar incident.

Hamilton completed 52 laps in 1 hour 28 minutes 1,283 seconds, faster than runner-up Max Verstappen 5,856 seconds. But this gap does not represent the superiority of the W11 during the race. In the final rounds, two Mercedes cars took turns exploding tires to make the race more interesting. However, that was not enough for the opponents to overthrow the dominance of the German racing team.

Charles Leclerc dragged through the last round with his front tire exploding

The first part of the race was intriguing, before going back to the familiar path in the previous stages – the two W11s quickly went far away. Bottas repeatedly put pressure on Hamilton in the starting round but soon fell behind.

Charles Leclerc quickly overtook Verstappen at Turn 2, but by Turn 4, Ferrari’s driver had to return the position to the opponent. At the back, Lando Norris also exerted a strong pressure, making Leclerc unable to fully focus on chasing the top 3. The heat of the early departure rounds was reduced due to the collision phase between Alexandre Albon (Red Bull) and Kevin Magnussen (Haas).

The collision phase and the accident in the first half of the race made the vehicle safe twice deployed, to serve the cleaning of the track. This continuous interruption made the tire tactics of the racing teams turn up quite a lot. Starting with an average set of tires, Mercedes plans to adopt a 1-pit tactic, whereby the two W11s will finish the race with hard tires.

However, both Hamilton and Bottas had to return to the tire-changing pit early on the second appearance of safety vehicles in round 13, when they saw rivals constantly changing tires. Replacing tires much earlier than expected makes maintaining a rigid tire for the rest of the race a difficult problem for riders.