Biggest deficit Lewis Hamilton overcame
Lewis Hamilton is now behind Max Verstappen by 32 points in the Formula 1 drivers’ standings. Is this a deficit he can overcome?
Max Verstappen extended his Formula 1 winning streak with Red Bull with a dominating effort in Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring, the ninth of 23 races in the 2021 schedule.
Verstappen swept through all three races of the recent treble, doing it each time from pole position. He first won the French Grand Prix at the Paul Ricard Circuit before leading each round of the Styrian Grand Prix and the Austrian Grand Prix on the Red Bull Ring.
Red Bull have now won five consecutive races, as Verstappen also won the Monaco Grand Prix at the Monaco Circuit before Sergio Perez won the Azerbaijani Grand Prix at the Baku circuit after Verstappen crashed with a tire failure while leading late.
Verstappen leads the drivers ‘standings after each of the last five races, and he has not lost ground to his main championship rival, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, since the fourth race of the season, the Grand Prix of Spain at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Red Bull have also led the constructors’ standings after each of the last five races, and they haven’t lost ground to Mercedes since the Spanish Grand Prix, either.
After his victory at the Austrian Grand Prix, Verstappen leads Hamilton by 32 points (182 to 150) in the drivers’ standings, ensuring he will remain in the lead after the British Grand Prix at the Silverstone circuit, the race to Hamilton home.
Hamilton has won the last four and six of the last seven world championships, having been shy only once since the turbo-hybrid V6 era began in 2014, when he was beaten by teammate Nico Rosberg of just five points in the 2016 season.
But during the seven-time world champion’s six titles with the Silver Arrows, he has managed to overcome deficits on several occasions. In fact, he’s lagged behind in the driver rankings at one point en route to five of those six titles.
However, he never managed to close a 32-point deficit. His greatest points deficit overcome is 29, as he followed Rosberg by 29 points after the Austrian Grand Prix and the Belgian Grand Prix in the 2014 season.
But that doesn’t mean he can’t get by. He followed Rosberg by 43 points after the Russian Grand Prix and the Spanish Grand Prix in the 2016 season, and although he did not win the title that year, he took the lead of the driver classification later.
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Will Hamilton start closing the gap with Verstappen in his home race? The British Grand Prix is scheduled to be broadcast live on ESPN from the Silverstone circuit starting at 10:00 a.m.ET on Sunday, July 18.
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