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
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
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
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
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
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?