The Silver Arrows could crown their season, which once again went well, with their first title next Sunday. For Sebastian Vettel, on the other hand, it is about something completely different. The most important questions about the race in Portugal.
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Formula 1 is entering its twelfth round of the Corona season, the Grand Prix of Portugal (Sunday from 2.10 p.m. in the live ticker on Chillreport) has been moved as a replacement race on the calendar. The track at Portimao in the Algarve makes its debut in the premier class. So far, there have been 16 Formula 1 races in Portugal, some of which are legendary, such as Ayrton Senna’s rain show in 1985 – it was the Brazilian’s first victory. The last F1 race in Portugal so far took place in Estoril in 1996.
What is it like Lewis Hamilton?
With a 69-point lead in the World Cup, the superstar from England is racing towards his seventh title. The 35-year-old could claim his 92nd victory in Portugal – that would put him one more on the bill than Michael Schumacher.
Can Sebastian Vettel hope for an upward trend?
There are still six races in the red for the Heppenheimer, who has nothing to laugh about in his last Ferrari season. He only got 17 points, the best result so far is sixth place – and in Portugal it should hardly get any better. The Ferrari is too weak and Vettel is already thinking about his new employer. The four-time world champion recently showed himself also self-critical – does a conciliatory ending work out in some way?
Will Mercedes win the manufacturers’ championship in Portugal?
It’s relatively unlikely, but there is a certain chance. With five races to go for Portugal, the Silver Arrows with Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas should be 220 points ahead of Red Bull on Sunday afternoon – currently there are 180. Mercedes therefore needs at least a first and third place to have a chance. If they can and Red Bull with Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon do not get points, they will become team world champions. For the seventh time in a row, by the way.
Can fans be there again?
Most recently, spectators were allowed at the Nürburgring, and the organizers in Portugal are also hoping for fans on the track, most recently as many as 45,000 were named. But local authorities are considering ordering a ghost race due to the increasing number of corona cases.