Reuters MIGUEL MEDINA
Britain’s Lewis Hamilton is looking for a world record equivalent to German legend Michael Schumacher when he competes Sunday for the Russian Grand Prix, the 10th stage of the Formula One World Championship, at the Sochi circuit.
Schumacher’s record has been considered unattainable for many years (91 races), and the 6-time world champion will be a strong candidate on board a Mercedes to his seventh victory this season and consolidate his dominance at the top of the overall drivers’ standings.
Since the Sochi race was included in the global calendar, only his former teammate, one-season world champion Nico Rosberg in 2016, and current colleague Bottas in 2017 have stolen the victory from Hamilton.
If Mercedes wins in the city that hosted the 2014 Winter Olympics, it would become the first team to score seven consecutive victories in a single major prize.
The race will be an occasion for the masses to return to the stands after conducting the first stages behind closed doors due to the repercussions of the emerging corona virus.
The organizers intend to host 30,000 spectators on stadiums filled with masses for the first time in a turbulent season due to Corona, after only 3 thousand attended the previous stage during the Tuscany Prize at the Mugello circuit.