In the first Formula 1 race to be held at the Mugello circuit, Ferrari will celebrate their 1000th Grand Prix appearance, while Hamilton could break even more records. Here are the milestones to look out for at the first ever Tuscan Grand Prix weekend!
The 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix will mark Ferrari’s 1000th Grand Prix start. The first race Ferrari entered as a constructor was the 1950 Monaco Grand Prix – the second Grand Prix in Formula 1’s World Championship history.
This weekend, Mugello will become the 72nd different circuit to host a World Championship Formula 1 Grand Prix. Mugello will be the fourth different track in Italy to have hosted a round of the championship, after Monza, Pescara and Imola. Read more about Mugello: Ultimate Track Guide.
The 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix will mark the first time that there have been two races in Italy in a single season since 2006. This will also be the first time that two consecutive rounds of the World Championship have been held in Italy since 1957, when the Pescara and Italian Grands Prix were held consecutively.
Mugello will become the eleventh circuit to have hosted a single round of the Formula 1 World Championship.
The 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix marks only the fourth time in World Championship history that three races have been held on successive weekends. There have been three previous triple headers. The first was in 2018, when the French, Austrian and British Grands Prix were held on successive weekends, the second was the opening three races of the 2020 season and the most recent triple header was the British, 70th Anniversary and Spanish Grands Prix.
Alex Albon, George Russell and Lando Norris will all make their 30th Grand Prix starts this weekend.
THE RECORDS TO BREAK
Ferrari might not have much to celebrate at their 1000th Grand Prix. The team has failed to score at either of the last two races. Should Ferrari fail to score again at the Tuscan Grand Prix, this would be the first time since the opening races of 2009 that the team have failed to score at three consecutive races.
Pierre Gasly took a surprise win at the 2020 Italian Grand Prix. Should he win again at the Tuscan Grand Prix, he’d be the tenth driver to have taken his first two victories at consecutive events. The other drivers to have done so are Alberto Ascari, Peter Collins, Bruce McLaren, Rene Arnoux, Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill, Mika Hakkinen, Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc.
If Lewis Hamilton wins the 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix, this will be the 25th different Grand Prix at which Hamilton has won. He would be the first driver to have won at 25 different events. Mugello would also be the 27th different circuit at which Hamilton has won, extending his record for number of circuits won at.
A pole position for Lewis Hamilton would see him become the first driver to have taken pole position at 28 different circuits.
A top three finish for Lewis Hamilton would make him only the second driver, after Kimi Raikkonen, to have taken podium finishes at 30 different tracks.
Should Lewis Hamilton finish in the top ten at the Tuscan Grand Prix, he would set a new record for most points-scoring appearances in Formula 1. He currently shares the record of 221 points finishes with Michael Schumacher. Meanwhile, should Hamilton finish the race, he would set a new record for the most consecutive classified finishes in Formula 1. He equalled Nick Heidfeld’s record of 41 consecutive classified finishes last weekend.
Valtteri Bottas could become only the twelfth driver to have taken podium finishes at 22 different circuits if he finishes in the top ten at the Tuscan Grand Prix. Should he do so, he would be the first non-World Champion to have achieved the feat.
If Sergio Perez fails to win the 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix, he will surpass Nick Heidfeld as the driver to have started the second most races without winning. Heidfeld started 183 races with a best result of second, while Perez has started 182 races so far also with a best result of second place.
If Romain Grosjean is eliminated in Q1, this will be the first time in his career that he has been eliminated in Q1 at four consecutive races. Should he fail to score in the Tuscan Grand Prix, this will be the first time that the Frenchman has failed to score in any of the opening nine races of a season.
If both Racing Point drivers reach Q3 at the Tuscan Grand Prix, this will be the first time since the 2016 season that the team have qualified in the top ten with both cars at five consecutive races since 2016.
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.
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