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Lewis Hamilton in the footsteps of Schumacher in Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton in the footsteps of Schumacher in Formula 1

Britain’s Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) has the chance to approach, equalize and even surpass several records held by German Michael Schumacher, in the 2020 Formula 1 season that will begin on Sunday with the Austrian Grand Prix.

– With seven world crowns (1994-1995, 2000-2004), Schumacher is the most successful driver in the history of Formula 1. Champion in 2008 and then in 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019, Hamilton is at 35 years to a single title from the German. Only two other active drivers have been champions of the category: German Sebastian Vettel (2000-2003), 33 years old, and Finn Kimi Raikkonen (2007), 40 years old.

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– With 84 victories in 250 Grands Prix, the Briton is seven from Schumacher’s record (91 in 307 races). And since 2014, Hamilton has averaged 10 wins per season. Behind the Schumacher-Hamilton duo, Vettel appears, far behind, with 53 wins.

– Schumacher’s record of 155 podiums is also within the reach of the Mercedes driver, who totals 151. In 2019, Hamilton only missed the podium in four of the 21 championship races. Third in this classification, Vettel has 120 podiums in his record.

– Throughout his career, Schumacher managed 22 times to chain pole position, fastest race lap and victory in the same weekend. Hamilton, with 15, is second in this classification.

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– Schumacher’s career record of 77 fastest laps is the one Hamilton has the hardest to beat, as the Englishman has 47, by Raikkonen’s 46 and Vettel’s 38, who is fifth in this classification.

– Hamilton already has several records in the category, which he can expand in 2020: he is the rider with the most pole positions with 88, by Schumacher’s 68 and the Brazilian Ayrton Senna’s 65 and adds more first rows on the grid of exit that no other runner, with 145, by 116 for Schumacher and 101 for Vettel).

Note: Michael Schumacher shares the record of 19 seasons in Formula 1 with Brazilian Rubens Barrichello, while Hamilton will celebrate his 14th year in the premier class of motorsport in 2020. AP (HN)

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