Lewis Hamilton won the sixth Formula One drivers’ world title of his career on Sunday, with the legendary Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of seven then within his sights – but there are more records for the Brit to beat.
Michael Schumacher is regarded as the greatest Formula One driver of all time – and for good reason.
At Sunday’s United States Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton moved just one title away from drawing level with the German.
The 34-year-old Mercedes driver wrapped up a third consecutive championship and the sixth of his career in Austin, Texas after finishing second behind Valtteri Bottas.
But Schumacher boasts a whole host of other records, aside from his title total, that the hungry-as-ever Hamilton will have ambitions on surpassing, in addition to equalling – if not beating – his tally of seven titles. So what are they?
Most race wins
Schumacher has more race wins than any other driver in F1 history, having amassed 91 across his 19 years on track, which spanned 308 race entires.
Hamilton is second to the Ferrari icon, having picked up 83 across his 247 races so far.
Impressively, Hamilton has won a greater percentage of his races than Schumacher, with 33.6 per cent to the seven-time champion’s 29.5 per cent.
Most race wins in one season
Schumacher is tied with Hamilton’s long-time rival and his fellow German Sebastian Vettel for the most wins in a single season.
That number is 13, which Schumacher managed in 2004 before Vettel repeated the feat in 2013.
Hamilton’s best is 11 – which he managed in 2014 and 2018 – but he stands on 10 so far this season.
After coming second in Texas, he cannot draw level with the duo this year. He can only finish on 12 podiums, though that would still be his best career tally.
Most wins at the same Grand Prix
Another category in which Schumacher reigns supreme, having won eight races at the French Grand Prix.
Schumacher also won seven in both Canada and San Marino, with Hamilton matching the long-time Ferrari racer in Montreal.
The Brit also has seven race wins in Hungary and six in the United States, plus China and Britain.
Most pole positions at the same Grand Prix
Despite his win records elsewhere, it is Australia where Hamilton – who has more pole positions than any other driver with 87 to Schumacher’s 68 – has the most poles.
He has eight in Melbourne, while his idol Ayrton Senna managed the same number in San Marino and Schumacher has eight in Japan.
Another pole in Australia next March will make Hamilton the de-facto leader for most pole at one race.
Most podium finishes
Hamilton may have more pole positions than Schumacher but it is the latter who has translated his races into more top-three finishes.
Across spells with Jordan Grand Prix, Benetton, Ferrari and Mercedes, Schumacher earned 155 podiums – finishing third or higher in 50 per cent of his total races.
Hamilton has mustered 150 so far after coming second in America, making for an impressive record of finishing on the podium in 60 per cent of his races.
Most podium finishes in a single season
He has more podiums and he also has more podiums in one season, Schumacher coming up with 17 in 2002 – a season when there were only 17 races.
Hamilton has managed 17 podiums in a season on three occasions, in 2015, 2016 and 2018, but can beat that this year. He stands on 16 with two races remaining.
Most consecutive seasons with a race win
Michael Schumacher won races in 15 straight seasons in F1 between 1992 and 2006 and Hamilton is the only man close to him.
He has done so in 13 straight years and is all-but guaranteed to win at least one race next year. The real test will come in 2021, when sweeping rule changes will have been made.
Total races in the points
In addition to his many race wins and podium finishes, Schumacher also managed to finish in the top 10 in 221 races, that record only blighted by his three-year return to the sport with Mercedes between 2010 and 2012.
Hamilton is third in this category with 211 races in the points, with Raikkonen one ahead of him, although the Brit is a strong favourite to be above both this time next year.
Most laps led
Unsurprisingly, Schumacher has led more laps than anyone else with a staggering 5,111.
Hamilton is second but only has only led 4,425 laps by comparison, ahead of the United States Grand Prix.
This year, Hamilton has led 450 laps and so, managing a similar feat over the next two seasons would see him overtake ‘Schumi’.
Total fastest laps
Another category in which Schumacher’s dominance is staggering, having amassed a total of 77 fastest laps in his career.
Hamilton, by contrast, stands on 46, level with Raikkonen, while Vettel is slightly behind on 38.
This one might be a little more difficult for Hamilton to catch up on, dependent on how long he stays in F1.