Lewis Hamilton is the favorite to break several records held by Michael Schumacher, though the most important one he can only equate – we bring a preview of what records are in jeopardy this season and what are the chances of Hamilton breaking them.
Hamilton won the sixth championship title last year, fifth for Mercedes, and moved closer to Schumacher with only one title separating them, and he is the favorite to win again, especially after the Barcelona pre-season tests where Mercedes looked strongest again.
Schumacher has achieved 91 wins in his career (first in Belgium in 1992, last in China in 2006), and Hamilton is only eight victories behind (first in Canada in 2007, last in Abu Dhabi in 2019).
Since the new power units were introduced in 2014, with which Mercedes dominated the first three seasons, Hamilton has won an average of ten races per season (10.33) and has won 11, 10, 10, 9, 11 and 11 races per season since 2014.
Hamilton currently has 84 wins and needs eight wins to overtake Schumacher this season, which is a pretty viable scenario given Mercedes’ form and the authority it has over his teammate Bottas.
Schumacher is still leading (155) in podium counts, but Hamilton is only four podiums behind, so it’s only a matter of time before he will overtake Schumacher this season, as he averaged 16 times a year on the podium since 2014 (16.16 to be more precise, 16, 17, 17, 13, 17 and 17 podiums from 2014).
Schumacher remains untouchable on the number of fastest laps (77), while Hamilton is second with 30 fastest laps (47) and Raikkonen is third with one fastest lap less than Hamilton.
Hamilton is not as strong in the fastest laps as in the other categories because since 2010 the fastest lap is achieved by the driver who is in the last stage of the race, while the car is the lightest, has the softest and freshest tyres, which is often not the winner of the race, and since 2019 drivers purposefully go to the pits for new tyres in the last few laps to take the fastest lap and additional point.
Hamilton has long been the number one in pole positions (88) and now has 20 more than Schumacher (68) and 23 more than Senna (65).
The British is also the leader in the number of races in the lead (148 in 250 races), and Schumacher is second (142 in 306 races or 141 in 247 races if we do not count the three years in Mercedes from 2010 to the end of 2012).
Hamilton is currently in a series of 33 races in points, equaling his own record (Japan 2016 – France 2018), third in the all-time rankings is Raikkonen (27), fourth Schumacher (24) and fifth Alonso (23).
In Australia, Hamilton could continue that record streak and set another record that will not be easy to break, while also catching the record seventh consecutive pole position in Australia which lasts since 2014.