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F1 racing, Turkish GP: Calling champion Hamilton’s name (Part 1)

The 14th race of the 2020 season officially took place at the Istanbul Park racetrack in Turkey.

The Turkish GP race returned after 9 years had to be interrupted after the 2011 season due to financial problems. Vettel was the last winner here in the Red Bull shirt. This return, with fading performance in the present time, a modest position in the top 5 riders is also considered an overwhelming thing for Vettel and Ferrari’s SF1000.

Mercedes has won the team championship for the seventh consecutive time since the 2014 season after the Imola Italia race ended two weeks with a 1-2 win by the duo Hamilton and Bottas. Back in Istanbul, Hamilton’s personal championship for the 2020 season and his seventh time will most likely be decided.

Hamilton’s Bottas teammate at Mercedes is currently ranked 2nd on the rankings. If he fails to get 26 points in the Istanbul race (finish first and win the Fastest lap) then Hamilton will become the champion of this season, a hindering task too difficult for Bottas.

The Imola race was the third time a race was held in Italy and the third time Red Bull’s Verstappen failed to get good results. He has failed to finish the races in Italy this season.

Back in Istanbul, where Red Bull won the 2011 season, they are working on the best results. With the specs in the past, plus those who are still attached to Red Bull like Horner and Newey, the F1 gurus, a positive result for Red Bull and Verstappen is something.

Ricciardo with his impressive form that has consistently been at the top in recent races, the latest being third place in Imola, widened the gap on the rankings with 5th place driver Leclerc to 10 points, Ricciardo is currently ranked 4th on the ranking behind the duo of Mercedes and Verstappen. A positive position on the podium is expected to win, it is impossible not to mention Ricciardo.

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F1 racing, Eifel GP (Germany): Lewis Hamilton, the record conqueror (Part 4)

Hamilton firmly took the lead, not only that, this 52-driver round also set a new track record with 1 minute 28,335 seconds. And the 53rd round again broke the next record with 1 minute 28,257 seconds.

In the 54-55 rounds, Vettel overcame Raikkonen and Magnussen to rank 11, the chance for Ferrari’s rider to end in the group of points, when the opponent ahead is only Giovinazzi and the distance is only is 1.5 seconds. But the German driver still cannot score at the end of the race in 11th place.

At the end of 60 laps without too much volatility, defending champion Hamilton excelled at the Nurburgring to win the German GP 2020 championship. Verstappen finished second with a new record of the track – 1 minute 28,139 seconds. before Ricciardo.

The next riders in the top 10 include: Perez / Racing Point, Sainz / McLaren, Gasly / Alpha Tauri, Leclerc / Ferrari, Hulkenberg / Racing Point, Grosjean / Haas and Giovinazzi of Alfa Romeo.

With this result, 14 years after Michael Schumacher’s final victory in Shanghai, Hamilton has matched the legend of F1 with his 91st career win. Winning brings 230 points on the individual standings, leading the way to the championship season. Bottas (161 points), although empty-handed, still maintains 2nd place, leading Verstappen (144 points – 1 more point due to possession of fastest-lap).

Ricciardo with 78 points, surpassed both Norris (65) and Albon (64) to get to 4th place. The next positions are compared by the riders, Norris, Albon and Leclerc respectively with 63 points. after this race.

Mercedes still holds the first place with 381 points. Red Bull confirmed its position with 211 points, Racing Point (120 points) advanced to 3rd place after both their riders scored this stage.

McLaren (116 points) ranked 4th, and Renault finished in the top 5 with 114 points. There will be a competition for this top position in the next exciting races.

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F1 racing, Eifel GP (Germany): Lewis Hamilton, the record conqueror (Part 3)

After half of the race, Hamilton is still firmly in the first place, and is wide to win, when he is leading Verstappen in the back more than 5 seconds. And the gap with the 3rd class racer Ricciardo is extremely large, reaching nearly 1 minute (57 seconds).

Round 34, taking advantage of the newer tires, Perez competed and overtook each other with Leclerc for 4th place, but it was not until the next round that the Mexican driver could rise ahead.

Although Hamilton complained to his team of engineers that the tires were deteriorating, by the 37th round he extended the gap with the opponent to 8 seconds. It was also the second Leclerc pit-stop time to replace the newer Medium tires, back to the 10th grade track, just above Gasly.

Immediately after that were the performances over the opponents of Leclerc and Gasly to overcome Vettel and Raikkonen to rank 7-8. Vettel driver then lost his place to Hulkenberg, leading to the second pit stop for the German driver, and returned to the 14th class.

In the 44th round, Norris gave up and stopped the car at turn 14, leading to a VSC signal appear, followed by a safety car (SC) round 45. Top riders took advantage of the second pit stop. me. Both Hamilton and Verstappen returned to the track with the highest speed tires, Soft. Although he just stopped changing the tire, Perez still took advantage of SC to get a second pit-stop, and returned to the track to maintain his 4th place.

In the 48th round, the cars were captured, from 6th place like Leclerc to be allowed to pass SC to stick to the top. Predict SC to leave the track in the next lap.

In the 50th round, SC left the track and the race was on again, with the top ranks being Hamilton, Verstappen, Ricciardo, Sainz, Leclerc, Grosjean, Gasly, Hulkenberg and Giovinazzi. Shortly thereafter, Hulkenberg overcame Grosjean with hard tires to rank eighth. Round 51, Leclerc let rival Gasly over and lost 6th place, not only that, this racer was also under pressure. from Hulkenberg in the back.

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F1 racing, Eifel GP (Germany): Lewis Hamilton, the record conqueror (Part 1)

Although only starting 2, Lewis Hamilton’s desire to win was concretized by the 91st victory in his career at the German GP 2020.

Max Verstappen finished second, with Daniel Ricciardo’s podium, after the incident. pole-winning racer Valtteri Bottas give up.

Sunday afternoon at Nurbrgring started with cold weather, the track area temperature was only about 12ºC, the road surface temperature was about 18ºC. With weather like this, the tire strategy will play a very important role in being able to win.

With top riders starting with soft tires, the strategy predicted by Pirelli is about 25 laps, then shifting to medium tires. If the strategy is 2pits, it will be 19 rounds of Soft, 22 rounds of Medium and the last 19 rounds of Soft, or about 18 Soft, then 2 turns – 21 rounds with Medium.

There are no penalties on the starting line, meaning that Saturday’s ranking result is the position of the drivers at the start of the race. Nico Hulkenberg had their third race this season for Racing Point, after replacing Lance Stroll, the racer was not fit enough to attend.

After the warm-up lap, the riders returned to their starting position. When the signal light went off, the crew accelerated toward 1st corner, Bottas let Hamilton attack in the first corner, but the racer reclaimed his spot in the next corner.

During the first rounds, the top ranks gradually create a distance from each other over 1 second. Only the competition for the fourth place of Leclerc and Ricciardo is remarkable. But Ferrari riders still keep their rankings.

Right in round 8, Albon had the first pit-stop to switch to Medium tires, and fell to the end of the race. By the 9th round, Leclerc lost his position and was also under pressure from the rear group of Norris and Perez.

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F1 racing, Belgian GP: The power of Hamilton

Belgian GP witnessed an ambitious, stylish and brave Lewis Hamilton, unmatched by Mercedes.

The Spa race started with a rare sight, the result at Saturday’s qualifying round also where the riders would start in the Sunday afternoon race. There is no reason to change such as penalty, or replacement of engine components. But before the race started, McLaren driver Carlos Sainz was unable to enter the race due to a problem. exhaust system, ending the game before it started.

The weather in the racetrack area, although it is expected to rain, is in fact in ideal conditions before the race takes place. The air temperature is 18ºC and the pavement temperature is about 31.5ºC. 

Before the race, teams spent 1-minute commemorating young driver Anthoine Hubert who died in the race here last season in mode F2.

The first three riders, Hamilton, Bottas and Verstappen, all use Medium tires – the tires they use to set-time in Q2. But Pirelli predicted the opposite, the optimal technical stop strategy is to run soft tires (Soft) for about 18 laps then switch to Medium, or 16 laps then use hard tires (Hard) to complete the game.

Another pit stop strategy is Soft 14 rounds, Medium 16 rounds and Soft at the last stint. If starting Medium, after 20 rounds will stop and switch to Hard. Maintaining optimal tire performance, teams can apply differentiated pit stops for an advantage on the track.

Belgian GP began and Hamilton steadily led the race from the first corner. In the back, Ocon quickly got ahead of Albon, and Ricciardo failed to attack Verstappen.

Meanwhile, Leclerc had a spectacular depart, coming in 8th place, ahead of riders Gasly, Perez, Norris and Kvyat. Ferrari second driver Vettel ranked 13th and is under pressure from Giovinnazzi in the back.

The problem is that Ferrari’s car does not have enough speed in straight lines, so only in round 5, Leclerc was overtaken by Gasly and Perez, dropped to 10th place, the young Italian team driver continued to be overtaken by Norris in the next round.

The lack of maximum speed on the Kemmel straight line did not help Leclerc maintain the advantage, so the eighth round of the Ferrari duo respectively ranked 12-13 disappointed.

At the top of the race, Hamilton firmly took the first place, leading Bottas by nearly 2 seconds and Verstappen by more than 5 seconds. Top 3 are far behind the following group with a distance that is not easy to level. From 4th to 10th place is the stability of the positions of the Renault, Racing Point, McLaren and Alpha Tauri teams, the position fluctuations may have to wait after the first pit stop of the teams.