This coming weekend, the 12th race in a shortened Formula 1 season will take place at the Portimao Circuit in the Algarve in Portugal. The 4.692-kilometer-long track will host the Portuguese Grand Prix, which was arranged in place of the United States Grand Prix in Austin Texas, which was cancelled.

It is, unless additional races are added to the calendar over the coming weeks, the 12th race of the season with just the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola on the 31st October set to be contested in November, followed by the Bahrain Grand Prix and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in December bringing the season to a close.

All eyes will be on Lewis Hamilton as he seeks not only to land his eighth race win of the season (which would be six more than any other driver) but a win would also see him eclipse Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 Grand Prix wins, a record he has already equalled after victory at the Eifel Grand Prix at the Nurburgring in Germany on 11th October.

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Let’s now take a look at the current standings in the Formula 1 season in both the drivers and constructors’ championships.

Formula 1 Drivers Championship

  1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) – 230 Points
  2. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) – 161 Points
  3. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) – 147 Points
  4. Daniel Ricciardo (Renault) – 78 Points
  5. Sergio Perez (Racing Point) – 68 Points
  6. Lando Norris (McLaren) – 65 Points
  7. Alexander Albon (Red Bull) – 64 Points
  8. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) – 63 Points
  9. Lance Stroll (Racing Point) – 57 Points
  10. Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri) – 53 Points
  11. Carlos Sainz Jnr (McLaren) – 51 Points
  12. Esteban Ocon (Renault) – 36 Points
  13. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) – 17 Points
  14. Danil Kvyat (Alpha Tauri) – 14 Points
  15. Nico Hulkenberg (Racing Point) – 10 Points
  16. Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo) – 3 Points
  17. Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo) – 2 Points
  18. Roman Grosjean (Haas) – 2 Points
  19. Kevin Magnussen (Haas) – 1 Point
  20. Nicolas Latifi (Williams) – 0 points
  21. George Russell (Williams) 0 Points

Formula 1 Constructors Championship

  1. Mercedes – 391
  2. Red Bull – 211
  3. Racing Point – 120
  4. McLaren – 116
  5. Renault – 114
  6. Ferrari – 80
  7. Alpha Tauri – 67
  8. Alfa Romeo – 5
  9. Haas – 3
  10. Williams – 0

Portuguese Grand Prix Preview

After 7 wins from the 11 races so far, it is fair to say that Lewis Hamilton has dominated the season so far and he needs just another 32 points from the remaining races of the season to be absolutely sure of winning the title. However, it is the Englishman drawing level with legend Michael Schumacher on 91 Grand Prix victories in his career that has been the talk of the pit lanes.

Presented with a helmet by Michael’s son, Mick, to commemorate equalling the German’s record, Hamilton now has his eyes set on breaking it and with Mercedes dominance of the season, winning 9 of the 11 races contested and Hamilton landing seven of those wins, the odds look good on the Englishman achieving that feat in Portugal.

His team mate Valtteri Bottas may be the only fly in the ointment as far as Hamilton fans are concerned, The Finn has showed flashes of real pace over the course of the season but has been unable to consistently produce the goods as well as Hamilton has, but with two Grand Prix wins to his name, he remains his team-mate’s closest challenger by a considerable margin.

If any other driver could stop Hamilton’s quest for a place in the F1 history books, it is Max Verstappen. The Red Bull Driver has been the most consistent of all the other drivers so far this season and in a clearly inferior Red Bull car, he has posed the biggest threat to the Mercedes duo by a considerable margin, especially with the two Ferrari’s being so uncompetitive.

Hamilton’s dominance is such that he is only 2/5 with bet365 Sport to win the race outright, with his team mate Bottas a 7/2 shot and Verstappen a 9/2 shot. Outside of that, the best price you can get is 50/1 on Sergio Perez. That kind of shows clearly just how dominant Hamilton and Mercedes have been over the season so far.

If he does claim a record-breaking 92nd Grand Prix win, with still a few years left at the top level in the sport, few would bet against Hamilton breaking the century mark of Grand Prix wins and making a name for himself in the history books with a record that could stand for many, many years.