Two of the biggest names in the elite sport of Formula One are those of Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, and these rival drivers have legions of fans the world over. In more recent times we’ve seen Hamilton’s performance slip down in the standings and results, but it wasn’t too long ago that he was pretty much untouchable on any of the season’s racetracks. These days it’s Super Max who’s the head honcho thanks to putting in one of the most amazing seasons that Formula One has seen. The 24-year-old has a few new records to his name, and while setting those he’s already clinched the Driver’s and Constructor’s World Championships and the season isn’t over yet. In 2020, Hamilton piloted the then-new Mercedes-AMG W11 car, arguably one of the best-looking F1 cars of all time, and it also wore the coolest race livery when it was seen in black. This car was powered by the Mercedes-AMG F1 M11 EQ Performance power unit, which was a turbocharged 90° V6 with a small capacity of just 1.6 litres. With a 15,000 rpm rev limit, the awesome-sounding powerplant was rated to produce over 950 hp (708 kW). The W11 car ended up with a total of 13 wins (11 by Hamilton and 2 by teammate Bottas) along with a combined 15 pole positions, 9 fastest laps, 12 1-2 qualifying positions and 5 1–2 finishes in the 17-race season. At the time, many called it the fastest car in F1 history. The thing is, the advancements in technology in terms of engineering and tyres mean times and speeds improve.
Take a look at the YouTube video that shows the on-track performance difference between Lewis Hamilton's 2020 championship-winning car and Max Verstappen's 2023 championship-winning car with a cool 3D analysis of the cars on the Bahrain Grand Prix circuit - it's quite surprising: Fastest car in F1 history? - Mercedes 2020 vs Red Bull 2023 | 3D analysis | Formula Addict
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