The question is not whether Lewis Hamilton will be crowned world champion for the seventh time in F1 this year, but rather when he will equal Michael Schumacher’s record.
However, the prolific British driver will have the chance to achieve this feat on Sunday in Turkey, where the queen discipline of motorsport will make its very first stop since 2011.
Due to the pandemic which has upset the calendar and reduced the number of events from 22 to 17, Hamilton could therefore enjoy this seventh coronation earlier than expected.
Only one driver, his teammate Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes, can worry him, although this threat is symbolic. Hamilton could indeed convert his first match point on Sunday in Istanbul.
19 points to earn
Hamilton is comfortably installed at the head of the championship with only four events to go thanks to his harvest of 282 points against 197 for the Finn.
Hamilton has won six of the last eight Grands Prix and, on three occasions during that streak, he amassed the maximum points (26) awarded for victory and the fastest lap in the race.
Several scenarios are possible for Hamilton, who only needs 19 points to be officially titled. In the probable event of another victory, which would be his tenth in 2020, he would be crowned world champion, regardless of the outcome of his lone pursuer.
Hamilton could also enjoy a seventh World Championship if he finishes second behind Bottas and the latter does not set the fastest lap. In short, as well say that it is mission impossible for the poor Finn, the eternal second, whose only hope of pushing back the deadline in Bahrain, on November 29, is to win while registering the bonus point for the round on faster during the test.