F1 2020: Hamilton haul and Raikkonen history - Five milestones to monitor this season
- History is on the horizon for a group of Formula One drivers, not just reigning champion Lewis Hamilton.
Lewis Hamilton heads into the new Formula One season on the brink of history, but he is not the only one.
The campaign gets underway with the eagerly anticipated Australian Grand Prix this weekend, with the traditional curtain-raiser setting in motion a year that could see a number of F1 records broken.
Along with Hamilton, Charles Leclerc, Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen also have significant milestones in their sights.
With the help of Opta, we pick out five significant benchmarks that could be reached in 2020.
Mercedes driver and reigning champion Hamilton will equal Michael Schumacher's record of seven F1 titles if he tops the drivers' standings for a fourth year in succession.
A NEW ERA OF DOMINANCE
Hamilton bringing home the championship again would significantly improve Mercedes' chances of setting a new benchmark in F1. If they claim a seventh constructors' crown in succession they will surpass Ferrari's unprecedented six straight from 1999 until 2004.
THE TIME FOR YOUTH
Sebastian Vettel holds the record as the youngest F1 champion, having been 23 years, four months and 11 days old when he triumphed in 2010. His Ferrari team-mate Leclerc and Red Bull's Verstappen made significant strides in 2019 and will better the German's mark if they dethrone Hamilton this year.
2019’s MOST DRAMATIC MOMENTSQuarter-final No. 2Verstappen and Leclerc duel in Austria 🇦🇹Vettel penalised in Canada 🇨🇦Get voting!— Formula 1 (@F1) December 16, 2019
F1 celebrated its 1,000th race in China last year and Ferrari will become the first team to hit the same milestone in the ninth event of the year, which is scheduled to be the French Grand Prix.
REELING IN RUBENS
Former world champion Raikkonen, who is entering his second season with Alfa Romeo, is 11 grands prix away from surpassing Rubens Barrichello's all-time F1 record of 323 race appearances. He is set to achieve the feat at Silverstone in July.Published 12 Mar 2020, 13:32 IST