Formula 1, the Australian GP is an opportunity for Hamilton to restart

The situation on the eve of the Australian GP it is paradoxical for Hamilton: his form is at its lowest point (worst start to the season with this scoring system: 16 points) and ahead of him he has the Olympus of Melbourne records. The numbers Lewis amassed here, if we exclude the victories, only two, are steamroller: 8 poles, 9 front rows, 9 podiums. All records of the circuit. But, as happens recently for Hamilton, there is always the record in the record: 8 poles in a given circuit is the maximum that a driver has achieved in F1. Lewis also did it at the Hungaroring, while Ayrton Senna he succeeded in Imola and Michael Schumacher in Suzuka. Well, Hamilton could be the first in history with 9 poles in a circuit, but he collides with the reality that saw him eliminated in Q1 in Jeddah… probably the appointment is postponed. On the other hand, consecutive poles on a circuit are a unique call: Hamilton has recorded the last 6 poles in Melbourne (2014-2019) and can match Senna’s all-time sequence at Imola (1985 to 1991). Now or never! A last record, probably less pleasant, awaits Hamilton, but, given the conditions, he could gladly accept it: he has returned from 4 consecutive second places in Melbourne and could become the first driver to put 5 in a circuit. Of course, compared to Jeddah’s 10th place it would be running out of gold …

Even Vettel against himself

If Hamilton is unbeatable in qualifying, but less profitable in the race, Vettel (currently still in the starting blocks) is ready to take his place on Sunday. Seb has triumphed three times in Melbourne, and is only one win off of the track record of Michael Schumacher. In two cases the Ferrari driver won with Hamilton on pole: in 2017 and 2018. In 2019 for him a bitter fourth place: in the race he finished almost a minute behind Hamilton and over the radio he let out a disheartening “Why are we so slow?”. And he was at Ferrari. Then he went to Aston Martin …

Watch out for domination

Vettel’s in 2017 and 2018 with Ferrari were ephemeral victories, the result of anomalous races, marked by the interventions of the safety car: in Melbourne the important data always emerges from qualifying. A full front row is pretty much a guarantee for the title: on 14 out of 16 occasions, the team that monopolized the front row in qualifying in Melbourne saw one of its drivers win the World Championship. In recent times it has happened to Mercedes three times out of six in the Power Unit era; in 2015, 2016 and 2019. Even more impressive is the fact that links the pole-winning team in Australia to the title winner at the end of the year: it has happened 10 times in the last 11 editions. The exception is 2012, when the pole was recorded by Hamilton’s McLaren and the Drivers and Constructors’ World Championship was won by Red Bull, which only qualified in the third row in that race.

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