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Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton. (Photo by Mario Renzi - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

• Lewis Hamilton leads the Formula 1 drivers' world standings after nine races.  

• Hamilton's Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas is 55 points behind. 

• Only three other driver besides Hamilton have won races this season. 

Lewis Hamilton's sixth win in nine races this season took the Mercedes driver to 90 victories in Formula 1, one less than Michael Schumacher's record of 91 wins in the top tier of motor racing. 

Besides the reigning champion, only Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas, Red Bull's Max Verstappen, and Pierre Gasly of AlphaTauri have won races this season. Hamilton has been utterly dominant in his march towards equalling another Schumacher-held record of seven world titles. 

Bottas won the opening race of the season in Austria before Hamilton won the next three races including the first of a double-header at Silverstone, his home grand prix. 

Verstappen picked up a win before Hamilton picked up victories in Spain and Belgium to increase his lead at the top of the drivers' standings. Gasly is the surprise name on the 2020 race winners list when he claimed a marvelous win at Monza. 

But Hamilton, like before, returned to winning ways by edging ahead Bottas at the Tuscan GP at Mugello. The race's total duration was two hours and twenty minutes due to three safety car interventions and two red flags. 

"It's was all a bit of a daze," said Hamilton to Sky Sports after the race. 

"It was incredibly tough today... All the those restarts, the concentration that's needed during that time, it was really, really hard."

A gander at the drivers' standings illustrates the gap between Hamilton and the rest of the grid. He leads Bottas by 55 points, with Verstappen the only other drive to break the three-digit points tally on 110. 

Lando Norris is further back in fourth, followed by Red Bull's Alex Albon who scored his first podium result of his career at Mugello.

Lance Stroll has consistently scored points in the controversial Racing Point car and finds himself in sixth place, ahead of Renault's Daniel Ricciardo, Ferrari's Charles Leclerc, Racing Point's Sergio Perez and Gasly. 

The teams get a well-deserved one week break before heading to Russia at the end of the month before the Eifel GP at the Nurburgring on October 11.

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