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Sport F1 Raceweek: Hamilton expecting tricky race as Briton eyes sixth title

06:55  23 october  2019
06:55  23 october  2019 Source:   performgroup.com

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  Hamilton relishing qualy-race challenge Lewis Hamilton says he is relishing the "different challenge" of taking on Japanese GP qualifying and the race on a super Sunday at Suzuka.Saturday's track action has been cancelled due to Typhoon Hagibis and, weather permitting, qualifying will now take place at 2am UK time (10am local) on Sunday, four hours before the scheduled start to the race.

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70 - Sunday's race will be the 70th staging of the British Grand Prix, the most in F 1 history ahead of the Italian GP (69). 6 - Hamilton is aiming for a sixth 6 & 5 - The defending world champion's six poles at Silverstone is a record. He has the chance for a fifth straight pole, which would also be more than

a close up of Lewis Hamilton holding a sign: Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the F1 title in Mexico in 2018 © Getty Images Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the F1 title in Mexico in 2018

Lewis Hamilton believes it will be "tricky" for Mercedes to have success at the Mexican Grand Prix as he looks to clinch a sixth drivers' championship.

Hamilton can move one title behind Michael Schumacher's record if he increases his advantage at the top of the standings by another 14 points.

He has clinched his last two titles in Mexico, though it is Red Bull's Max Verstappen who has triumphed in each of the past two races at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

Hamilton is not expecting the track to suit the Silver Arrows this time around. 

Bottas ends long wait for victory as Mercedes seal constructors' title in Japan

  Bottas ends long wait for victory as Mercedes seal constructors' title in Japan Sebastian Vettel paid the price for a poor start from pole as Valtteri Bottas claimed his third win of the season at Suzuka.Ferrari had secured a surprise front-row lockout in qualifying - which was moved to the morning of the race due to Typhoon Hagibis - but Sebastian Vettel paid the price for a poor start from pole position and had to settle for second place.

Lewis Hamilton will be eyeing another record at the British Grand Prix, as his Mercedes team look to bounce back from a double retirement in Austria. If Hamilton wins his home race , he will become the driver with the most wins on British soil with six . The Briton lies a point behind rival Sebastian Vettel

Lewis Hamilton 's career has been long compared to that of Ayrton Senna and this weekend at Monaco he could match a feat achieved by his hero. The three-time Formula One world champion has been closing in on Senna's tally of 65 career poles, arriving in the principality one short of the iconic Brazilian.

Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes. © Getty Images Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes.

"I think Mexico is generally our worst race of the year because of the way our car is set up and it's going to be a tough one for us," said Hamilton.

"The last few have been pretty shocking, even though we've won the title there. I'm hoping for a better weekend but I think it's going to be very hard to beat the Ferraris with those long straights.

"We have no hope of getting by on those straights, that's for sure but even if you look at the others, the McLarens are picking up some serious speeds on the straights, so are the Red Bulls so I think it will be a tricky one.

"I don't anticipate it will be Mexico. I think we will be battling for a good few races."

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver Lewis Hamilton of the United Kingdom, first-placed, kisses the trophy during the 2019 Formula One Russian Grand Prix victory ceremony at the Sochi Autodrom racing circuit. © Getty Images Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver Lewis Hamilton of the United Kingdom, first-placed, kisses the trophy during the 2019 Formula One Russian Grand Prix victory ceremony at the Sochi Autodrom racing circuit.

TALK OF THE PADDOCK

Mercedes explain '50-50' Hamilton call

  Mercedes explain '50-50' Hamilton call Toto Wolff admitted Mercedes faced a "50-50 call" when opting to pit Lewis Hamilton from the lead towards the end of the Japanese GP.Bottas unexpectedly dominated the race despite Ferrari's front-row lockout, but it was Hamilton - who ran third for most of the afternoon - who found himself in front after Bottas followed Sebastian Vettel into the pits for a second time.

F 1 Raceweek : Lewis Hamilton eyes home race history at British Grand Prix. If Hamilton wins his home race , he will become the driver with the most wins on British soil with six . The Briton lies a point behind rival Sebastian Vettel in the drivers' championship, but he has dominated at Silverstone and

Lewis Hamilton will expect to extend his advantage at the summit of the Formula One world championship standings on Sunday. But team-mate Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel were sufficiently close to Hamilton 's track-record lap of 1 :16.173 to give the Briton some cause for

Carlos Sainz finished seventh for McLaren at the Japanese Grand Prix, behind both Ferraris, Mercedes and Red Bulls.

He is sixth in the drivers' championship as McLaren return to competitiveness after a series of struggles, with the eight-time constructors champions able to enjoy mixing it at the front of races again.

Sainz rejected suggestions McLaren are simply "best of the rest", saying: "We are not only best of the rest but we are managing to profit if something happens to the guys in front."

"Yeah, that's why when on Sundays people ask me 'another best of the rest?," Sainz said when asked if he felt his achievements were akin to victories.

Carlos Sainz Jr. of McLaren F1 Team. © Getty Images Carlos Sainz Jr. of McLaren F1 Team.

"It sounds a bit disappointing to me because it's really tough to keep doing it every weekend. But we've been very strong and I'm very proud of it."

Meanwhile, McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl rejected talk of a concept change for 2020 will put the progress they have made in jeopardy.

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Mercedes failed to earn a race win for the first this season last time out in Austria, where Max Verstappen defeated Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, a result that stood 6 – Hamilton is aiming for a sixth victory at the British GP. He currently holds the joint record for most wins with Jim Clark and Alain Prost.

If Hamilton wins his home race , he will become the driver with the most wins on British soil with six . The Briton lies a point behind rival Sebastian Vettel in the 51 - Sebastian Vettel is one Grand Prix win away from moving level with Alain Prost for the third-most race victories in F 1 history, behind only

"I would say where we are right now - it is not a risk, it is an opportunity," explained Seidl.

"Our target is clear: we want to make the next step. So hopefully we can jump somewhere in between where we are right now and the top teams, which would be the next great achievement as a team."

Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W10 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Japan at Suzuka Circuit on October 13, 2019 in Suzuka, Japan. © Getty Images Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W10 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Japan at Suzuka Circuit on October 13, 2019 in Suzuka, Japan.

RACEWEEK SCHEDULE (all times local)

Friday

FP1 (10:00-11:30)

FP2 (14:00-15:30)

Saturday

FP3 (10:00-11:00)

Qualifying (13:00-14:00)

Sunday

Race (13:10-15:10)

F1 FACT

PREVIOUS WINNERS

2018: Max Verstappen

2017: Max Verstappen

2016: Lewis Hamilton

Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and second placed Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Mercedes GP celebrate with their team after the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on September 29, 2019 in Sochi, Russia. © Getty Images Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and second placed Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Mercedes GP celebrate with their team after the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom on September 29, 2019 in Sochi, Russia.

DRIVER STANDINGS

1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 338

2. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) 274 (-59)

3. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) 221 (-117)

Hamilton recovers from lap one off to win F1 Mexico GP from Vettel

  Hamilton recovers from lap one off to win F1 Mexico GP from Vettel Lewis Hamilton recovered from a first-lap off to win the Mexican Grand Prix but will have to wait at least one more race to clinch the 2019 Formula 1 title .Hamilton had a trip across the grass at the start of the race after contact with Max Verstappen and fell to fifth, but he executed a one-stop strategy brilliantly to overhaul both Ferraris and score his 10th victory of the season.Sebastian Vettel was unable to attack Hamilton after losing track position through strategy and had to settle for second in lead Ferrari, with Valtteri Bottas third.

70 - Sunday's race will be the 70th staging of the British Grand Prix, the most in F 1 history ahead of the Italian GP (69). 6 - Hamilton is aiming for a sixth He has the chance for a fifth straight pole, which would also be more than any other driver in the race . 21 - Hamilton and team-mate Valtteri Bottas

Lewis Hamilton can win the Formula One title at the Mexican Grand Prix for the second successive year with a seventh-place finish. The Briton was frustrated by that turn of events but is confident Mercedes will bounce back at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, the scene of his title -winning

4. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) 212 (-126)

5. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) 212 (-126)

CONSTRUCTOR STANDINGS

1. Mercedes 612

2. Ferrari 433 (-179)

3. Red Bull 323 (-289)

4. McLaren 111 (-501)

5. Renault 77 (-535)

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