Lewis Hamilton is edging towards his seventh career F1 title, topping the Drivers Standings with just four races to go. He can seal the title this weekend in Istanbul if he manages to avoid conceding seven points to Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.
Adding another championship to his trophy cabinet would draw Hamilton level with Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of seven titles.
Hamilton is well on track to win the title in 2020 season, which was cut short earlier this year.
There are four races to go in the competition, and Hamilton is currently 85 points clear at the top of the table.
Bottas will be relying on consecutive race victories to claw the gap back, while also banking on Hamilton making some uncharacteristic errors.
Hamilton is yet to sign a new contract with Mercedes for the 2021 season, despite the campaign starting in just four months’ time.
The Brit’s former rival, Felipe Massa, thinks that Hamilton deserves to be handed a big pay rise for his success over the past few seasons.
“[Lewis] is just unbelievable,” said Massa. “He can really be the best of the best and everybody will say that for years and years, and maybe decades.
“So I think Lewis is just preparing… a two, three-year contract, which I think he deserves, to be honest.
“What he’s doing, it shows that he definitely deserves to be different to all of the other drivers, in terms of everything – even in terms of salary.
“I remember when Michael was my teammate, he was like [Hamilton].
“Michael was completely different than anybody in terms of everything; in terms of records, in terms of numbers – and in terms of salary.”
The Turkish Grand Prix is set to get underway at Istanbul Park on Sunday November 15 at 11.10am.