The Mercedes ace, who has a report 93 race wins, will likely be champion once more on the Istanbul Park circuit if his teammate and sole title rival Valtteri Bottas fails to rating eight factors extra.
The 35-12 months-previous Briton leads Bottas by 85 factors, with 78 remaining to be received after Turkey when the season heads to the Middle East for a closing triple header in Bahrain and Abu Dhabi.
That means a second place could be sufficient even when Bottas wins, offering the Finn doesn’t additionally take the bonus level for quickest lap.
At its easiest, Hamilton simply has to beat Bottas — one thing he has carried out 10 instances in 13 races thus far this 12 months.
Hamilton, who already holds information for most pole positions, podiums and factors finishes, has solely twice completed out of the highest three in 2020 with a worst outcome of seventh. He is on a report run of 46 successive scoring finishes.
Mercedes received the constructors’ title for an unprecedented seventh 12 months in a row at Imola in Italy on November 1 and are assured of a seventh successive drivers’ crown as effectively.
“We, as a team, have done such a remarkable job,” stated Hamilton after that success, saying the workforce title was “almost better” than the drivers’.
Hamilton, who has but to signal a contract past this season, could really feel in another way on Sunday.
The title race is the main focus however Turkey’s first race since 2011, as a substitute to fill out a championship depleted by the COVID-19 pandemic, will likely be welcomed by all.
The circuit, with its Turn Eight triple left-hander, was at all times a driver favorite even when crowds had been small. They will likely be non-existent this weekend, with the race behind closed doorways due to the pandemic.
“It’s a track that made for good racing in the past, so it will be interesting to see how the modern Formula One cars do on it,” stated Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen, who received the primary Turkish Grand Prix for McLaren in 2005.
The battle to be greatest of the remainder behind Mercedes and Red Bull can also be on a knife edge, with solely some extent separating third positioned Renault, McLaren and fifth positioned Racing Point.