Winners of Formula One 2020 season
First Published Dec 14, 2020, 1:01 PM IST
The 2020 season of the Formula One World Championship has come to an end. British driver Lewis Hamilton won his seventh championship title, with Mercedes, as he has equalled the all-time feat with German driving legend, Michael Schumacher.
In what turned out to be a curtailed and a messy edition of the Formula One (F1) World Championship, it did end on a high and triumphant note. The prevailing COVID-19 pandemic did shorten the original calendar of 22 races to 17, it was still a success.
Sunday happened to be the final race day of the year, with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (GP), won by Max Verstappen, while Lewis Hamilton won the championship for the record seventh time. As the season comes to a close, we look at the winners of this edition, thanks to Reuters' insights.
Mercedes: Starting with the winners, Mercedes too scripted a record, thanks to Hamilton's record, as the constructer has surpassed Williams to win the most races, of 115. They won 13 races this season and started in pole position on most, except for two.
Hamilton: Speaking of Mercedes's real star, it was Hamilton, who just nailed it this season. He won his record seventh championship to equal Ferrari great, Michael Schumacher's record, along with winning record 95 races. He won 11 races for the season, battering his teammate, Valtteri Bottas, by 124 points, who was the runner-up.
Honda: Interestingly, Honda is only the manufacturer to win a race besides Mercedes. Max Verstappen was involved in twin wins, including the one in Abu Dhabi, along with Pierre Gasly for AlphaTauri at Monza.
Sergio Perez: The Mexican driver won it in Bahrain on his 19th start, as he was the first winner from his country in 50 years, while it was also Racing Point's first success under his name. He finished fourth on the driver's list, while he would be driving for a new constructer, come next season.
Pierre Gasly: The Frenchman made a name for himself at AlphaTauri, following his release from Red Bull. He won it at Monza and became the first French to do so after Olivier Panis in 1996.
McLaren: The constructer has made a significant improvement in their ranking since 2012, finishing third for the season. While they were going in steady with Renault last season, it was even better with Mercedes power this term.
F1: The real winner has to be the racing company, after all, doing a great job to conduct the races in a pandemic era successfully. It acted quick enough to replace some of the cancelled races with fresh ones, to avoid a vital financial loss. They were also top-notch on safety, which was evident during Romain Grosjean's lethal crash in Baharain, that had split his car in two, before engulfing in a fire.
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