At the first British Grand Prix to be held in August since 1926, Hamilton could set a new record for most wins at a home Grand Prix and Bottas could equal the record for most consecutive Q3 appearances. Here are the milestones and the records which could be broken at the 2020 British Grand Prix!
This will be the 1,022nd Formula 1 Grand Prix. It’ll be the 75th British Grand Prix and the 71st British Grand Prix to be held as a round of the F1 championship. It will also be the 54th F1 race to be held at Silverstone.
This is the first time in World Championship history that the British Grand Prix has been held in August. It is also the first time that the British Grand Prix has been held in August since the event was first held at Brooklands on 7th August 1926.
THE RECORDS TO BREAK
A win for Lewis Hamilton at the 2020 British Grand Prix would see him become the driver to have won his national Grand Prix the most times. In 2019, Hamilton scored his sixth home win at the British Grand Prix. Prost scored six home wins at the French Grand Prix during his career. Meanwhile, a pole position for Hamilton would see him surpass Ayrton Senna as the driver to have had the most home pole positions. Hamilton has taken six pole positions so far at the British Grand Prix, while Senna took six in Brazil during his career.
The 2020 Hungarian Grand Prix marked only the seventh time in Formula 1 history that six consecutive races have been won from pole position. If the polesitter wins at the 2020 British Grand Prix it will be only the fourth time that the polesitter has been victorious at seven consecutive World Championship events. The previous times that it has happened are between the 1976 United States West & German Grands Prix, the 1991 Japanese & 1992 San Marino Grands Prix and the 2000 Belgian & 2001 Malaysia Grands Prix.
Should he reach Q3 at the 2020 British Grand Prix, this will be the 66th consecutive race in which Valtteri Bottas has reached the final part of qualifying. It ties with the record for most consecutive Q3 appearances, set by Lewis Hamilton between the 2010 Chinese Grand Prix and the 2013 Belgian Grand Prix.
If Mercedes win the 2020 British Grand Prix from pole position, this will be the 90th time that they have won from pole in Formula 1 – the same number of times as McLaren have done so. Only Ferrari have scored more wins from pole in F1, doing so 131 times.
If he scores nineteen points, Max Verstappen will reach 1,000 career points, becoming only the twelfth driver to do so in their Formula 1 career.
A pole position for Mercedes would make them the fourth team to have taken ten poles at the British Grand Prix. Ferrari, Williams and Lotus are the other teams to have had at least ten poles at the event.
Williams and Ferrari are currently tied for most pole positions at Silverstone, with eleven apiece. Either team could extend the record this weekend.
If a Mercedes-powered car takes pole, Mercedes will equal Ferrari as the most successful engine manufacturer in qualifying at the British Grand Prix. Ferrari themselves could extend the record to sixteen.
A second place finish for Valtteri Bottas would make him the first driver to have finished as runner-up at Silverstone four times.
If he finishes on the podium, Lewis Hamilton will become the first driver to have reached ten podium finishes at the British Grand Prix.
McLaren can equal Ferrari’s record tally of podium finishes at Silverstone, but only if both of their drivers finish in the top three with neither Ferrari driver reaching the podium.
A fourth place finish for Lewis Hamilton would see him equal Felipe Massa and Jenson Button’s current record of three fourth place finishes at Silverstone.
If Valtteri Bottas wins the 2020 British Grand Prix, he’ll become the fifth driver to have scored 100 points at Silverstone.
If Lewis Hamilton leads 21 laps of the 2020 British Grand Prix, he will become the first driver to have led 300 laps at Silverstone. Meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel could become the third driver, after Hamilton and Jim Clark, to have led 200 laps at the circuit.
Should Kimi Raikkonen finish the 2020 British Grand Prix, he will become the first driver to have finished a race at Silverstone on sixteen occasions. He currently shares the record of fifteen finishes with Fernando Alonso and Rubens Barrichello.
If he completes seventeen laps of the race, Kimi Raikkonen will become the fourth driver to have completed 900 Grand Prix laps at the Silverstone circuit. Rubens Barrichello, Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher are the only other drivers to have raced 900 laps here. Raikkonen is likely to surpass both Schumacher and Alonso’s tally of laps at the circuit this weekend.
A first lap retirement for Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen, Romain Grosjean or Carlos Sainz would see them equal Jackie Oliver’s record of two first lap retirements at Silverstone.
After graduating in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky Haldenby, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. The blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics.
Nicky also writes at F1Destinations and Motorsport Guides and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast. His work has appeared on WTF1, BadgerGP, motorsport.com, Sky Sports F1 and BBC Radio 5 Live. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast.