British F1 superstar Lewis Hamilton is chasing more than just another win on his way to what would be another World Title Win. One more race win would mean he would surpass Michael Schumacher’s total of 91 race wins, a figure he equalled at the Eifel Grand Prix recently. Not only that, but two more wins in the remaining races would see him pull level with Schumacher’s seven world title victories.

When you consider that Hamilton already holds the record for the number of races he has qualified on pole for. Should Hamilton win on Sunday and go on to land the World Championship again, there are those already proclaiming Hamilton to be the best driver ever in Formula 1. A bold claim, but one that is hard to argue with based on the statistics.

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Let’s now take a look at how things stand in this somewhat shorter than usual F1 season, with just four races to be contested over the remainder of the season. We will take a look at the Driver’s Championship first, followed by the Constructors title.

F1 Season Standings

Formula 1 Drivers Championship

  1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) – 230 Points
  2. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) – 161 Points
  3. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) – 147 Points
  4. Daniel Ricciardo (Renault) – 78 Points
  5. Sergio Perez (Racing Point) – 68 Points
  6. Lando Norris (McLaren) – 65 Points
  7. Alexander Albon (Red Bull) – 64 Points
  8. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) – 63 Points
  9. Lance Stroll (Racing Point) – 57 Points
  10. Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri) – 53 Points
  11. Carlos Sainz Jnr (McLaren) – 51 Points
  12. Esteban Ocon (Renault) – 36 Points
  13. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) – 17 Points
  14. Danil Kvyat (Alpha Tauri) – 14 Points
  15. Nico Hulkenberg (Racing Point) – 10 Points
  16. Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) – 3 Points
  17. Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo) – 2 Points
  18. Roman Grosjean (Haas) – 2 Points
  19. Kevin Magnussen (Haas) – 1 Point
  20. Nicolas Latifi (Williams) – 0 points
  21. George Russell (Williams) 0 Points

Formula 1 Constructors Championship

  1. Mercedes – 391
  2. Red Bull – 211
  3. Racing Point – 120
  4. McLaren – 116
  5. Renault – 114
  6. Ferrari – 80
  7. Alpha Tauri – 67
  8. Alfa Romeo – 5
  9. Haas – 3
  10. Williams – 0

Portuguese Grand Prix – Info and Preview

The race will take place this year in the Algarve at the Portimao track and was arranged to replace the cancelled United States Grand Prix, which was supposed to have taken place this weekend in Austin, Texas. The track is a winding 4.653 kilometre track and the race will be contested over 66 laps. The track has never hosted a F1 World Championship race previously, although it was used for testing by the teams in 2008-09 and a number of drivers have raced on the track earlier in their careers.

With four races remaining, Valtteri Bottas, Lewis Hamilton’s closest challenger can land a maximum of 261 points, which means that Hamilton requires a minimum of 31 points from the remaining four races to be confirmed as the World Champion once again. Indeed, if Hamilton wins here then that would leave Bottas a minimum of 76 points adrift of Hamilton and even with the double points final race of the season coming up, that may well be too big a gap to claw back.

Hamilton is a very short priced 2/5 to win the race but that is understandable given that he has won 7 out of the 11 races contested already this season and his next nearest rival has won just two races. Bottas is 7/2, with Max Verstappen 9/2, but beyond that the shortest price you can get with bet365 is 50/1 on Sergio Perez.

  • Race Winner Tip – Lewis Hamilton – 5/2
  • Pole Position Tip – Valtteri Bottas – 15/8
  • Fastest Lap Tip – Max Vestappen – 11/4

Will Hamilton go on to be the greatest?

Even if Hamilton can’t clinch the World Title this weekend, he is very short odds to beat Michael Schumacher’s race wins record and having already landed the Pole Position record, if Hamilton does go on to claim his seventh title win, then he has to be considered as one of the greatest ever in the sport.

The incredible thing is that given his age (44), Hamilton feels that he has another good few years left at the top of the sport and it is possible that he could well go on to not just equal, but surpass Schumacher’s total of seven World Title wins. In that case, the calls for Hamilton to be claimed the best ever may be too difficult to ignore.

In terms of driving skill, people may argue that the likes of Fangio, Prost, Senna and Schumacher may have bettered Hamilton at their best, that is a somewhat subjective view, but in terms of statistics, it is hard to argue that Hamilton, if not the best at the moment, will at some point be regarded as the best ever.