Lewis Hamilton is on the cusp of signing a new contract and an official announcement from Mercedes that the Brit has committed his future to the cl
Lewis Hamilton is on the cusp of signing a new contract and an official announcement from Mercedes that the Brit has committed his future to the club for at least another season will come later this month. The Silver Arrows have confirmed that both of their 2021 drivers will be present when they unveil their car for the new season on March 2.
The 36-year-old will continue into his 15th Formula One having won seven titles in 14 until now, drawing him level with Michael Schumacher.
Hamilton has overtaken the iconic German, who enjoyed the bulk of his success with Ferrari, for most race wins, most podium finishes and most pole positions.
Crucially, Hamilton’s latest crown was his seventh which puts him level with Schumacher for Drivers’ Championships won.
But there are several more Schumacher records that Hamilton can match and surpass in 2021 and 2021. Express Sport looks at the six most notable feats the reigning world champion will be keen to surpass.
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MOST DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIPS
Let’s start with the obvious one – the most Drivers’ Championships of all time.
Hamilton was emotional when he matched the legendary Schumacher on seven with his victory at the Turkish Grand Prix.
He will most certainly have his sights set on making it eight triumphs this coming season, and based off of last season, you wouldn’t bet against him doing it.
Will another driver ever match Hamilton’s tally, whatever it ends up being once he’s retired?
MOST CONSECUTIVE DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIPS
Hamilton has won every drivers’ title since Nico Rosberg retired as world champion at the end of 2016.
With Valtteri Bottas as his team-mate, the former McLaren driver has enjoyed a run of success that only Schumacher has ever bettered.
Both Juan Manuel Fangio and Sebastian Vettel reigned supreme for four consecutive seasons but Schumacher managed five straight titles between 2000 and 2004.
If he wins again in 2021, Hamilton will match the German, then he can become the first driver ever to make it six in six years in 2022.
MOST WINS IN A SINGLE SEASON
Hamilton’s tally of 95 wins eclipses Schumacher’s 91 but the now 52-year-old is one of just two drivers to manage more than 11 wins in a single season.
The Mercedes driver has managed 11 wins in 2014, 2018, 2019 and 2020, with his tally last year coming insider just 17 races.
For context, Hamilton managed the fastest lap of a race six times in 17 events in 2020, with Carlos Sainz and George Russell both managing the feat once.
Valtteri Bottas, Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo clinched two apiece while Max Verstappen did so three times.
Reaching 60 is certainly an attainable target for Hamilton.
An F1 hat-trick is defined as qualifying on pole positions, winning the race and also sealing the fastest lap all over one weekend.
Schumacher did that on 22 different occasions while Hamilton is just behind him on 18.
Vettel, despite his four titles, has only completed the triple achievement eight times, with Fangio and Jim Clark both ahead of him on nine and 11 respectively.
Hamilton, meanwhile, has won a race after starting on pole a record 58 times, 18 more than Schumacher managed. He’s started on pole 98 times to Schumacher’s 68.
MOST WINS AT ONE GRAND PRIX
Schumacher and Hamilton are tied at eight apiece for the most wins at the same event.
The German won the French Grand Prix eight times while Hamilton has loved racing in Hungary over the years.
He is looking to also win an eighth race at the British and Canadian Grands Prix.
But winning at the Hungaroring, which he has managed in all of the last three seasons, in 2021 would see him become the first driver ever to win the same race nine times.
Elsewhere, Hamilton is looking to join Ayrton Senna for the most consecutive wins at the same Grand Prix.
His Brazilian hero won in Monaco every year between 1989 and 1993 while Hamilton can clinch a fifth straight Spanish Grand Prix victory this year. Schumacher won four straight in Spain and the United States.