Six Michael Schumacher records Hamilton can beat when Mercedes contract signed
Lewis Hamilton can break six Michael Schumacher records in F1 once his Mercedes contract is signed.
The Brit is now set to agree to a three-year £120m deal with the team he won a seventh Drivers’ Championship with.
He also reached 95 Grand Prix victories with his first-place finish at the Algarve International Circuit in Portugal, beating the record previously held by Schumacher.
The German, who also sits on seven Championships with Hamilton, enjoyed huge success with Ferrari before his retirement in 2012.
But the 36-year-old’s continued work with Mercedes in the 2021 season would put six of those records at serious risk…
Most Drivers’ Championships
If all goes to plan for Hamilton and Mercedes, this record should be the most likely to clinch for the Brit.
Both racing icons are sitting on seven titles, meaning victory in the upcoming campaign would make the 36-year-old the out-right most successful racer of all time ahead of Schumacher.
Most Consecutive Drivers’ Championships
The German’s dominant period with Ferrari saw him win the Championship five times in a row from 200 to 2004.
But Hamilton can match it this season with victory, having won every title since team-mate Nico Rosberg retired in 2016.
And Schumacher’s record would topple in the 2022 season, the second of the Brit’s £120m deal.
Most Wins in a Single Season
While Hamilton reached a record 95 Grand Prix wins, his 11 during the 2020 season – matching his best from the 2014, 2018 and 2019 campaign – was two behind Schumacher’s 13 for the 2004 campaign.
With 23 races coming up, though, the Mercedes racers will have a big opportunity to beat the Ferrari icon’s record.
True dominance at a Grand Prix is achieved with qualification in pole position, winning the race and getting the fastest lap.
While Schumacher achieved this 22 times, Hamilton is only four behind him.
Having won from pole 58 times – 18 more than the German – from 98 starting opportunities, he has already shown the capability to beat this record.
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Most Fastest Laps
This is like to be the most difficult record for Hamilton to break, with his 53 fastest laps far behind the 77 of Schumacher.
It would require the Brit to go fastest in all 23 races this year just to get in touching distance.
But this would be a challenge in itself, with the Mercedes man only getting six out of 17 last year.
Most Wins at One Grand Prix
Hamilton matched Schumacher’s eight Grand Prix wins for this record, dominating at Hungary while Ferrari took the French.
Winning at the Hungaroring this year would see this record tumble, with Hamilton also able to make it eight at the British and Canadian Grand Prixs.
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