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Sport Can anyone stop Lewis Hamilton from winning the 2020 F1 title?

13:15  03 august  2020
13:15  03 august  2020 Source:   theweek.co.uk

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Hamilton heads into the 2020 Formula One season as favourite to win the drivers' title . More often than not, he is leading from the front but on the rare occasion he is playing catch up you For the sake of a competitive championship battle F 1 needs to hope Red Bull had been sandbagging over the winter.

Lewis Hamilton winning with 3 tires. Welcome to Reddit, the front page of the internet. Nowadays I won 't watch a race, I 'll see the results and if Hamilton wins I 'll just watch the highlights. Rip Bottas chance at the title ); Let’s hope the rest of the season stays a little more unpredictable but we all know

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Formula 1’s 2020 season is only four races old but Lewis Hamilton is already breaking records in his quest to become a seven-time world champion.

Mercedes star Hamilton has built a 30-point lead ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas at the top of the drivers’ standings following his dramatic victory at yesterday’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone - a record career seventh chequered flag for the 35-year-old in his home race.

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© Getty Images Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix for a seventh time. © Thomson Reuters Formula One F 1 - British Grand Prix - Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain - August 2, 2020 The car of Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton is pushed away by marshals with the tyre covered after a puncture on

Lewis Hamilton hailed his remarkable three-wheeled victory at the British Grand Prix as the most Hamilton admits clinging on to win was ‘a real challenge’. Champion praises F 1 ’s improved The win gave Hamilton a dominant lead in the title race with Mercedes having a clear advantage over the rest

Bidding to equal Michael Schumacher’s record seven world championships, Hamilton is also now only four race wins from the German’s all-time tally of 91.

However, it was not all plain sailing for Hamilton at Silverstone. In the final laps he and Bottas looked to be cruising towards a Mercedes one-two before tyre issues affected both cars.

Bottas dropped out of the points after suffering a puncture with two laps to go and on the final lap Hamilton’s front left tyre also shredded. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was in hot pursuit of the leader but British ace Hamilton managed to cross the finish line on three wheels.

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That last lap almost had me %uD83D%uDE05 We still got this %uD83C%uDFC6%uD83C%uDFC1 I can%u2019t express how grateful I am to all the fans, and to my incredible team. To think this is the 7th home win is just insane. Thanks for the positive energy everyone, we did this together. #BritishGP #TeamLH #StillWeRise @F1 pic.twitter.com/PyAPZ6SZrI

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Yet again Lewis Hamilton has dominated the Formula 1 season, and is already the favorite to do the same in 2020 . If 2018 was a frustrating season for Sebastian Vettel, 2019 must have felt even worse. Last year, what stopped Vettel from winning his first drivers' title for Ferrari were tactical mistakes

Lewis Hamilton took an extraordinary victory in a dramatic finish to the British Grand Prix despite Verstappen would have won had he not stopped late for fresh tyres in a successful quest for the point for fastest lap. The Finn finished 11th and dropped to 30 points behind Hamilton in the title race, a

— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) August 2, 2020

‘My heart nearly stopped’

Speaking after the race Hamilton explained how it was “the most dramatic ending I can remember”.

He told Formula1.com: “Oh my god I’ve definitely never experienced anything like that on the last lap and my heart nearly stopped. That’s how cool it was because my heart nearly stopped.

“Until that last lap everything was relatively smooth sailing, the tyres felt great, Valtteri was really pushing incredibly hard, and I was doing some management of the tyre and he looked like he wasn’t. When I heard that his tyre went, I was just looking at mine and everything seemed fine, the car was still turning no problem so I thinking, ‘Maybe it’s okay’ and those last few laps I started to back off and down the straight it deflated and I just noticed the shape just shift a bit.

“That was definitely heart in the mouth feeling because I wasn’t quite sure it had gone down until I hit the brakes. And then you could see the tyre was falling off the rim. Just driving it trying to keep the speed up, sometimes it will take off and break the wing I was just praying it would get round and it would not be too slow, I nearly didn’t get round the last two corners. But thank God it did. I really owe it to the team, ultimately we should have stopped towards the end once we saw the delamination.”

Most #F1 wins on three wheels is another one to add to Hamilton%u2019s many, many records %uD83D%uDE05

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Following another weekend of domination by Lewis Hamilton , we look into the winners & losers from the 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix. Visit the Crash.Net website

Lewis Hamilton wins British Grand Prix 2020 : F 1 – as it happened. Read more. Without that final stop the win would have been the Dutchman’s. It’s 70 years since the old airfield hosted the very first F 1 world championship race in 1950, won by Giuseppe Farina for Alfa Romeo in front of 200,000

— WTF1 (@wtf1official) August 2, 2020

Is Lewis on track for another title?

In his post-race report Andrew Benson of the BBC said “there has never really felt much doubt about Lewis Hamilton winning this year’s Formula 1 world championship” and despite the drama at Silverstone rival drivers also believe that the reigning champion will defend his title.

Second-placed Verstappen was asked if anyone can stop Hamilton, to which he replied “no”. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, who finished third, added: “No. The guy that has some chances is Valtteri but that’s it.”

GrandPX reports that even Hamilton admits he would prefer more competition. He said: “Honestly, look - I’m a through and through racer at heart. This is not the championship I would have hoped for. I’d much, much prefer to be having a super-close battle because that’s what gets me going.

“Ultimately, every team is given rules and at the end of the day we’ve just done an exceptional job and you can’t fault my team for that. That’s not our fault.”

F1 stays at Silverstone this weekend for the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix on 9 August. Hamilton will aim to extend his lead at the top of the drivers’ standings while Mercedes, who have 146 points from four races, have built a 68-point advantage over Red Bull in the constructors’ championship.

"Survival instincts come over you & that's really what I was thinking"'I've come all this way, I'm not going to pull over, back off completely and let everyone drive past'."In words & video, Lewis Hamilton on THAT final #BritishGP lap: https://t.co/ntAkCYpAPI#SkyF1 | #F1

— Sky Sports F1 (@SkySportsF1) August 2, 2020

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