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WATCH | Hamilton ties another Schumacher record, more looming over 2020 F1 season

2020-07-20 13:38

Charlen Raymond

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Lewis Hamilton (Clive Mason / Getty Images)

• Hamilton won 2020 Hungarian GP in dominant fashion.

• His 86th career win puts him 5 short of Schumacher's all-time record.

• Hamilton could tie Schumacher on 7 championships in 2020.

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Is there any driver more dominant than Lewis Hamilton in the modern era of Formula 1? Following his dominant victory at this past Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix, Hamilton now finds himself at the top of the 2020 drivers' championship, five clear of Mercedes team mate, Valtteri Bottas.

Hamilton drove a stellar race and quickly established a lead over the drivers behind him. With five laps remaining in the 71-lap race, Hamilton had a gap of more than 25 seconds over Max Verstappen in second place. A late pit stop allowed him to fit new, fresh tyres to score a bonus point for setting the fastest lap of the race.

The 26 points he scored in the race now puts him on 63 points in the championship, turning a six-point deficit to Bottas into a five-point lead. Hamilton finished the first race of the season in fourth place, but followed it up with two successive victories.

Equaling Schumacher

Hamilton's win brought him on equal footing with Michael Schumacher, with several more records looking to be tied or broken in 2020. With the win, Hamilton tied Schumi on eight victories at a single track; an F1 record. The win was also the 86th of his F1 career - five short of the 91 registered by Schumacher before his first retirement in 2006.

The Mercedes driver is well on his way to achieving these successes, but a likely achievement will be equaling Schumacher on seven F1 world championships. As it stands, the 2020 F1 season will consist of 10 races (a few more are rumoured to be added). With Hamilton having won two of the first three races, it is unlikely that his momentum will be curtailed.

And when you factor in the dominance of his Mercedes race car, there is very little that could hinder the British driver from becoming one of the sport's most celebrated drivers.

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