In fact, between 1999 and 2004, Ferrari became the world manufacturer's world champion six times in a row. A record that the Scuderia have shared with Mercedes since last season. That will probably change this weekend, at the F1 circuit closest to Maranello.
Mercedes currently have a lead of 209 points on Red Bull Racing and after the race on Imola, a maximum of 176 points can be scored in the remaining races this season. In the unlikely event that Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon score a one-two this weekend, this means that one fourth place will be enough to cash in on the title.
Hamilton not yet world champion
All this will take place during a weekend that will go down in the history books as well as a unique event. It not only marks the return of a classic circuit like Imola, but it is also the first time that a Grand Prix weekend will consist of just two days.
Hamilton cannot yet become a world champion in this event. If he wins and Bottas drops out, his lead with four races to go will be 102 points. Because points with a fastest lap can also be earned, he is therefore theoretically not yet a champion.