From Hamilton to Raikkonen – Top 5 F1 Records That Were Smashed in 2020

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The 2020 F1 season indeed proved to be a rollercoaster in terms of the frenetic nature of the year itself. After initial uncertainty of whether races would take place, the sport successfully completed a 17-race season. Naturally, some interesting records were also broken.

So without further delay, let us take a look at the top feats that were broken in the 2020 season –

1) Lewis Hamilton achieves 92 race wins with a victory in Portugal

With a superb win in Portimao, Lewis Hamilton eclipsed Michael Schumacher’s long-standing record of 91 wins. Many had believed that that record would take a long time to break, but then came along Hamilton.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates with an award after qualifying in pole position Pool via REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Possessing top speed in the race, the 35-year-old was just too quick for the likes of Bottas and Verstappen to catch him. Ultimately, he registered a win by crossing the checkered flag 25 seconds in front of his Mercedes teammate.

2) Kimi Raikkonen makes his 323rd F1 race start at Sochi

In a career that has spanned nearly 19 years, Kimi Raikkonen has been a mainstay for a long time now. His ever-present charisma and gritty racecraft ensured he has thus far held a seat on the F1 grid.

Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen during an interview before practice FIA/Handout via REUTERS

At the 2020 Russian GP, the Finn driver made his 323rd start, overtaking Rubens Barrichello’s earlier record of 322. By the looks of it, Raikkonen might just go even farther, considering he will race for Alfa Romeo in 2021.

3) Mercedes secure seven consecutive Constructors’ titles at Imola

A classic 1-2 finish in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix saw Mercedes secure their seventh consecutive Constructors’ championship. It was a dominant performance from them, and they broke Ferrari’s existing record of six titles.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas after the race Pool via REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Mercedes have truly bossed the turbo-hybrid era since it started. Considering the form they are in, it will not be a surprise to see them secure another championship in 2021.

4) Sergio Perez wins the Sakhir GP after 190 races in F1

What a day it was for 30-year-old Sergio Perez, who has toiled and worked his way to succeed in F1. There was a reason why he became such a popular winner after his race victory in the Sakhir GP.

Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Racing Point’s Sergio Perez celebrates on the podium with the trophy after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon

The Mexican had gone 190 races without a single Grand Prix win. On a day where he was stacked against the odds lying in P19, he roared from the back of the grid to emerge victorious.

5) Most podiums milestone also attained by Hamilton with Spanish GP win

A stellar season from the Mercedes driver meant that he also surpassed the legendary Schumacher in terms of total podium finishes tally. The former Ferrari great had accumulated 155 podiums in his career in the premier motorsport division.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the race on the podium with the trophy Pool via REUTERS/Andrew Boyers

With his win at the 2020 Spanish GP, Hamilton broke that milestone. The Briton’s tally now lies at 165 and that number will stretch further over the course of the next few seasons.

Many feats this year involved Lewis Hamilton, and naturally so, with him also matching Schumacher’s all-important tally of seven Drivers’ titles.

Which record did you think was the most impressive? Let us know!

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