Lewis Hamilton has a chance to write history in the Formula 1 World Championship in Portugal.
Britain’s Lewis Hamilton, a Mercedes driver, has the opportunity to write history in Portugal’s race, returning to the Formula 1 World Championship for the first time in 24 years, whose tests begin on Friday.
Hamilton, 6 times world champion, equaled the record for German legend Michael Schumacher of 91 wins in the last race at the German Nürburgring circuit and now has the opportunity to be alone with him.
Meanwhile, Mercedes will have their first chance to win their seventh consecutive constructors’ championship.
Mercedes needs to get 40 more points than the “Red Bull” team at the “Algarve” circuit, which hosts the Formula 1 race for the first time.
Hamilton has won 7 races this season, compared to two wins for fellow Finn Valtteri Bottas, who trails him by 69 points at the top of the World Drivers’ Championship six rounds before the season finale.
Although the Portuguese circuit is hosting a Formula 1 race for the first time, many current drivers have previously driven there, either in races or in tests, as they progressed into the lower classes.
Hamilton previously tested at the “Algarve” with McLaren in 2009, while Bottas participated in a Formula 3 race at the Portuguese circuit, the same for Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.
Former driver, Canadian Jacques Villeneuve, was the last to win in Portugal with Williams, the team that won five of the last six races in Portugal.
Portimao is the fourth Portuguese city to host a Formula One race, after Porto, Lisbon and Estoril.