Lewis Hamilton took 8th victory at Hungarian Grand Prix and equaled Schumacher’s record of most victories at the same circuit. Hamilton is 5 wins away from Schumacher’s tally of 91 wins, which once considered as an unbreakable record.
With back to back races and shortened calendar for the 2020 season, it was predicted by many that it would be a difficult task for Hamilton and for Mercedes to retain their Driver’s and Constructor’s championship. After three rounds of racing, it’s evident that it will be a tough job for the drivers and other teams to challenge the champions.
As there is a week off, let’s have a review of the first three rounds of races. For the first time in the history of f1 three back to back races were held.
Austrian GP, the season opener at Austria was one hell of a race, Lewis Hamilton had been given a grid penalty before the start of the race and was again handed 5 seconds penalty for colliding with Red Bull’s Alex Albon during the final stages of the race, as a result, Hamilton finished in 4th place. Maclaren’s Lando Norris got the first podium of his career at Austrian GP thanks to Hamilton’s penalty, Norris finished 3rd. It was Valtteri Bottas who took the first win of 2020 season and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc finished second.
It was double DNF for the title contenders Red Rull, the Italian prancing horse was struggling the whole weekend but Charles Leclerc managed to finish second ahead of his teammate Vettel who finished 10th. Maclaren was the second-best team at the Austrian GP as they managed a podium and Carlos Sainz finished 5th. After the first round, McLaren was second at the constructor’s championship.
Styrian GP was the second race of the season, it was a race to forget for Ferrari, as both of their drivers collided at the first lap of the race and both the cars were out of the race. Lewis Hamilton showed his master class at Styrian GP and took the victory. It was Mercedes first and second at the podium and Verstappen finished third to complete the podium places. Racing point put up a great show at the Styrian GP as Perez and Stroll finished 6th and 7th respectively, behind McLaren’s Lando Norris.
But it was Hungarian grand Prix which challenged the drivers as it was mixed conditions during the Qualifying. Hamilton outclassed others and took pole position at Hungaroring and his teammate Bottas qualified second to make it Mercedes front row. Racing points yet again outperformed the rest of the teams and qualified at 3rd and 4th place on the grid. Ferrari was still struggling to find the pace and was not up to the mark, it was evident as both the Prancing horse’s cars were lapped by race leader Hamilton during the race. Lewis Hamilton dominated throughout the race and claimed his 8th victory and equaled the record of most wins at a track.
After 3 rounds of racing Hamilton is at top of drivers championship with 63 points. Five points more of his teammate Bottas who is in second place with 58 points. In the constructor’s championship, Mercedes is at the top with 120 points and following Mercedes is Redbull at second place with 55 points, that’s a huge point advantage! McLaren and Racing Point at 3rd and 4th place respectively with 40 points each. The Italian team Ferrari is in the 5th position with 27 points fighting with the midfield teams.
With the next race at Silverstone, a home race for Lewis Hamilton, the gap at Drivers and Constructors championship might be increased further or will we see the revival of the Prancing Horse? Comment what you think.
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