The 2020 F1 season will be historic for many reasons, few more so than it being the 70th anniversary season and the longest ever at 22 races.
The 2010s were centred on Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel being the two defining drivers of the decade, taking with them Mercedes and Red Bull respectively to the record books.
However, it was Hamilton – with five drivers’ titles between 2014 and 2019 – who looms as the key man when it comes to certain records in 2020.
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The reigning world champion already has a firm grasp on the all-time pole positions record, and is starting down the barrel of a record-equalling seventh drivers’ crown.
Take a look at six big F1 records which should fall in season 2020.
Lewis Hamilton can match Michael Schumacher’s record of seven drivers’ titles should he claim on the bounce in 2020. However, the Mercedes ace can take full ownership of another of Schumacher’s records – most race wins.
It almost seems inevitable Hamilton will take the record, with the Briton’s 84 wins just seven down on the legendary German’s 91. Hamilton will have 22 races in 2020 to play with, and has won nine or more races in every season since 2014. Hamilton – who turned 35 last week – is also the only driver in history to have won a race in every season he has contested.
Lewis Hamilton is also odds-on to steal Michael Schumacher’s all-time podiums record in 2020. Schumacher completed his career having claimed 115 podiums from 308 starts.
Hamilton, meanwhile, has finished on the podium 151 times from just 250 starts. For the Brit, it’s a matter of when, not if.
RACES IN THE POINTS
Lewis Hamilton just won’t leave Michael Schumacher’s records alone! The seven-time champion German finished in the points 221 times from 308 starts between his 1992 debut and 2012 retirement. Hamilton is just eight points finishes behind Schumacher, as is Kimi Raikkonen.
Hamilton’s 213 points finishes have come from just 250 starts, while Raikkonen needed 312 starts. The next active driver on the list is Sebastian Vettel (195 points finishes from 240 starts.
CONSECUTIVE RACES IN THE POINTS
Lewis Hamilton already holds this record, having finished in the points for 33 consecutive races from the 2016 Japanese Grand Prix to the 2018 French GP.
Currently, the world champion sits on 33 consecutive pointscoring races ahead of the 2020 season opener, having begun the new sequence at Silverstone in 2018. Hamilton will break his own record should he register a top-10 finish in Melbourne.
Rubens Barrichello has been in control of this record for nearly a decade, with the popular Brazilian making a record 322 starts. However, another popular name in Kimi Raikkonen will stroll past Barrichello’s mark, with the 2007 world champion to make his 313th start when the 2020 season commences in Melbourne.
Raikkonen made his debut in 2001, and has been unbroken in the sport sans his two-year sabbatical in 2010 and 2011. Barrichello’s F1 career lasted from 1993 to his exit in 2011. Raikkonen will break Barrichello’s record at the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix in early July, and should he participate in every race, will end 2020 with 334 starts.
YOUNGEST WORLD CHAMPION
Lewis Hamilton will go into 2020 as the one to beat, although Ferrari and Red Bull showed serious glimpses of development in 2019. Should either team mount a genuine title challenge to Mercedes in 2020, then a youngest world champion could be crowned.
Youth seems to have the backing of big teams, with 22-year-olds Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc earning massive contract extensions with Red Bull and Ferrari respectively. Verstappen is already the youngest ever race winner, but Leclerc – with his new deal – is the man Ferrari believe can return the Scuderia to title-winning ways long term after Sebastian Vettel came so close, yet fell so far in 2017 and 2018.
Should either of Verstappen or Leclerc reach the pinnacle in 2020, then Vettel’s youngest-ever world champion record set in 2010 – at the age of 23 years and 134 days – will be beaten.