Nürburg (AP) – Lewis Hamilton is approaching the next Formula 1 record at the Nürburgring. With a victory in the Grand Prix of the Eifel, the English Mercedes driver is level with record holder Michael Schumacher. Then both would have 91 Formula 1 successes for their account.
Sebastian Vettel won once at the Nürburgring: 2013 in the last edition so far in the Eifel. He was driving for Red Bull at the time and the Heppenheimer can only dream of a victory with Ferrari – even though Scuderia has upgrades such as new air deflectors in his luggage. “The question is whether my car will play or not. I can’t promise anything, but we’ll try everything”, said Vettel, who will only start from eleventh place. Inexplicably, he lost a lot of time in the first part of the route. Teammate Charles Leclerc found it easier to qualify and even finished fourth.
Nico Hülkenberg is again the deputy at Racing Point. The Rhinelander comes in for Lance Stroll, who had to cancel on Saturday due to a malaise. Hülkenberg is now starting his third Grand Prix for the former Force India team – but only from position 20. It will be a “real challenge,” said the 33-year-old, who replaced Sergio Perez at Silverstone. , “but we will do what we can”. With only ten laps left on the ring and the unknown handling of the new car, Hülkenberg wants to promote a permanent Formula 1 cockpit in 2021. But without real preparation it is also a risk.
Lewis Hamilton has 90 wins in his career. If he succeeds in the Eifel, the British Mercedes driver will be level with record holder Michael Schumacher. “I don’t really think about it,” said the 35-year-old, who will start the eleventh race of the season from second place behind his teammate Valtteri Bottas. “If it works, it’s great, but this guy is going to make it difficult for me,” Hamilton said, referring to the Finn. Two weeks ago, the Englishman received two time sentences in Russia for illegal start of the trial to win his 91st Grand Prix.
Just a few days before his 41st birthday on Saturday, Kimi Räikkönen can set a record: his start in the Eifel will be his 323rd Grand Prix. With this the Finn of Alfa Romeo Rubens Barrichello from Brazil. Sebastian Vettel’s former Ferrari teammate, however, leaves such records cold. “Every record is there to be broken one day,” Raikkonen had said unmoved beforehand. Whether it will continue in 2021 has not yet been determined.