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Formula 1: chasing records These records could fall in 2021

These highs could fall in 2021

The Formula 1 season 2021 could be a historic one. Several important records are shaking. Not only, but also through Lewis Hamilton.

W.Will the Formula 1 season 2021 be a year for the history books? Probably yes. In any case, various records could be broken in 2021.

Records that could make Hamilton a legend

Lewis Hamilton is a seven-time Formula 1 world champion. It’s impressive, but not unique. Michael Schumacher also won seven titles in the premier class of motorsport. Should Hamilton become Formula 1 champion for the eighth time in 2021, he would be the sole record world champion.
In addition, it would be the fifth world title in a row for Hamilton. He has been unbeaten since 2017. If Nico Rosberg hadn’t defeated him within the team in 2016, Hamilton would even be in a row with seven World Cup titles! With the fifth title in a row, he would equalize Michael Schumacher’s previous record. The German managed the feat from 2000 to 2004 with Ferrari.

It is also clear that with every victory, with every pole position, with every triumph for Mercedes and so on, Hamilton continues to raise its numerous bests, which it already holds. No one has won as many races (95) or taken so many pole positions (98) than the 36-year-old. If Hamilton wins a Grand Prix in 2021, he was also victorious in 15 years, something that only Michael Schumacher had previously achieved (from 1992 to 2006). Alain Prost has eleven victorious F1 seasons.

If Lewis Hamilton also wins the Hungarian GP, ​​it would be his ninth win there. The previous record is eight successes at a Grand Prix, which Hamilton achieved in Hungary and Schumi at the French GP.

A Schumacher record that could last

Michael sSchumacher

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If Hamilton also leads the World Championship table after two Grand Prix (no matter when in the season), then he would draw level with Michael Schumacher, who held the World Championship lead after 121 races. Hamilton currently stands at 119.

In terms of the number of hat tricks (victory, pole position, fastest race lap), Schumacher is also ahead of Hamilton (22:18). The fact that Hamilton will break this record in 2021 will not be a sure-fire success: he only scored four hat-tricks once in a season (2017).

The most successful trio in Formula 1 history

The top three drivers in each race are allowed to climb the podium. Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg stood together on the podium 14 times. Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas did it 13 times. The trio could break the record. By the way: Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber were also on the podium 13 times together.

Records that can always fall

Some Formula 1 records are in danger again and again every year. For example the record of most victories per season. Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel currently hold that position – they won 13 races of the season in 2004 and 2013 respectively. If all 23 races are actually completed in 2021 and Mercedes remains as dominant as in previous years, the chances are good that such records will tumble.

Another such record is the number of most pole positions in a row. Although Hamilton could achieve his 100th pole in 2021, Ayrton Senna still holds this record. He qualified eight times in a row for first place on the grid with his McLaren Honda from Spain 1988 to USA 1989.

A record that the Very Hungry Raikkonen is building

Kimi Räikkönen is the glutton of Formula 1: 41 years old, 330 Grands Prix under his belt, but he will be back in 2021 with Alfa Romeo. No driver has already completed more Formula 1 races than the Finn. Every further start is a new record. If all 23 planned races take place in 2021, it would end up with 353 grands prix. However: Fernando Alonso has only completed 18 fewer World Cup races than Raikkonen. And the Spaniard, unlike the Finn, has a contract until the end of 2022. Should Raikkonen end his career this season, Alonso would take over the record in 2022.

If Kimi Räikkönen gets a World Cup point in 2021, he will draw level with Michael Schumacher: Both have scored points in 19 years, Rubens Barrichello made it in 18 seasons. 2021 will be Raikkonen’s 19th Formula 1 season – only Schumacher and Barrichello have completed that many so far.

Alonso’s comeback with a record chance

These highs could fall in 2021

Fernando Alonso

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Fernando Alonso will return to Formula 1 in 2021 after a two-year absence. His last win (Spain 2013) was almost eight years ago. His Alpine team will certainly not be among the favorites in 2021, but the sensational victories of Pierre Gasly and Sergio Pérez in 2020 have shown that surprises are always possible in modern Formula 1.

If Alonso won a race, he would break two records: Ricciardo Patrese let the longest time span between two victories pass (six years, six months and 28 days passed between his victory in South Africa in 1983 in a Brabham BMW and that in Imola in 1990 in Williams-Renault). The longest time so far between the first and the last GP victory passed for Kimi Räikkönen (15 years, six months, 28 days between the 2003 Malaysia GP in a McLaren-Mercedes and the 2018 USA GP in a Ferrari). Alonso’s first win in Hungary in 2003 was almost 18 years ago!

Another Pérez record?

Sergio Pérez had to wait for his first Formula 1 victory in 190 grands prix – longer than any other driver before. Then he was redeemed at the 2020 Sakhir GP. In 2021 he will join the top Red Bull team. With that he could finally get a pole position. He never managed to do that in 195 qualifications. So far it has taken Mark Webber the longest for a pole (131 qualifications). Alone: ​​With Max Verstappen, Pérez has a tough nut to crack within the team.

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