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Records, and more records - How Lewis Hamilton is rewriting F1's history books

2020-08-20 04:30

Charlen Raymond

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Lewis Hamilton (Clive Mason / Getty Images)

• Lewis Hamilton has won 88 F1 races - the second-highest number on the all-time list.

• Hamilton has several more records to his credit and could break a few more in 2020.

• Hamilton could become a seven-time F1 champion this year.

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Lewis Hamilton wrote a few more records next to his name this past Sunday in Spain.

With the win, the driver surpassed another of Michael Schumacher's records and engraved his name into the annals of Formula 1 history.

But not all his records are public knowledge. In this article, we will be looking into most - if not all - of Hamilton's records as well as those he might break in 2020.

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Lewis Hamilton (Albert Gea / Getty Images)

Number 88

By crossing the finish line first in Spain on Sunday, he recorded his 88th career win; putting him three short of equaling Schumacher's 91. With seven of the preliminary 13 races remaining, it would take a betting man to discount Hamilton for surpassing Schumacher's win count. And with another five races expected to be added to the revised 2020 calendar, don't be surprised if he becomes the first driver to reach 100 F1 victories.

To date, Hamilton has participated in 256 Grand Prix, giving him a winning percentage of 34.38.

The Hungarian GP is his most successful track, having taken eight victories at the event. Schumacher also had eight wins at the French GP. This is the highest number for any F1 race.

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Hamilton's first win came at the 2007 Canadian GP when at 22 years, five months and three days old, he snatched victory from his more reckoned rivals. He is also the only driver to have won a race in every season he has competed in, but also has another, less pleasant, record to his name. In 2016, he became the driver with the most number of victories in a season (10) not to win the championship. That year, Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg took the title with nine wins.

During his time at Ferrari, Schumacher won 72 races for the Scuderia. Hamilton, after Sunday, took his 67th win with Mercedes. Before year-end, this will be another record Hamilton will have written to his name.

'It's pole position for Hamilton'

A few years ago, he surpassed Schumacher's tally of 68 pole positions, and at this year's Spanish GP, he took the 92nd pole of his career. Hamilton and Mercedes are on quite a roll this year, so discounting him to become the first driver to reach 100 pole positions would be unwise.

But a record Hamilton does not have to his name, is the number of consecutive pole positions. That honour belongs to his racing idol, Ayrton Senna. Between the 1988 Spanish GP and 1989 US GP, Senna took a record eight consecutive pole positions. Senna would add his name to list two more times with seven successive pole positions. Schumacher and Hamilton also have seven successive pole positions.

Senna, Schumacher and Hamilton share the record for eight pole positions at a single event, with Senna taking San Marino, Schumacher Japan, and Hamilton in Australia.

'It's lights out and away we go!'

To date, Hamilton participated in 256 F1 races, which puts him some way off the record held by Rubens Barrichello (323 races). From these 256 races, Hamilton has raced 14 598 laps, of which he has led 4 747. In the all-time list of Grand Prix laps raced, Hamilton lies seventh - behind chart-topper Kimi Raikkonen (16 910) and Schumacher (16 825) - but second to Schumacher's 5 111 on the number of laps led.

If one is to convert it, Hamilton has raced 73 467km.

In Spain, Hamilton surpassed another of Schumacher's records when he took the 156th podium of his career (Schumi has 155). The 156 podium finishes consist of the 88 race wins, 40 second places, and 28 third places. Raikkonen has the most number of third-place finishes to his name with 45, while Schumacher leads with the most number of second-places on 43.

But here's a fact you probably did not know: For a record 14 times, the podium consisted of Hamilton (first), Rosberg (second), and Sebastian Vettel (third). The only trio who could surpass this record is Valtteri Bottas (first), Hamilton (second), and Vettel (third) - these drivers appeared on the podium in this order 12 times.

When it comes to taking pole position, fastest lap, and the win, Schumacher achieved this 22 times, but Hamilton is not too far off on 16. And speaking of fastest laps in a race, Schumacher holds this record also, with Hamilton the next driver on the list: 77 vs 49.

The 2020 season still has some way to go until the season finale in November, but Hamilton is on his way to rewriting the record books and equaling Schumacher on seven F1 championships. Regardless of your opinion of him, Hamilton has defined his generation and will forever be remembered as an F1 great.

Do you know of any other records Lewis Hamilton holds or is close to breaking? Email us.


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