Formula One’s greatest statistical record holder is by far and away Michael Schumacher. The German driver raced for 19 years in F1 for Jordan, Benneton, Ferrari and Mercedes.
Michael’s key performance numbers are as follows.
- Races 308 (307 starts)
- Wins 91
- Podiums 155
- Pole Positions 68
- Driver championships 7
Nigel Mansell claims Lewis Hamilton can beat Schumacher’s record. Speaking to Sky News he said, “Everybody knows I am a Lewis fan and he is doing an outstanding job.
“Mercedes are the best of the best by far. With the backing of the Mercedes he can maybe go on to challenge Michael’s record. There is a long, long way to go but it is possible because Mercedes will want to be the best of the best for a long time.”
Lewis is age 30, and with a contract that sees him driving for Mercedes until 2019 will have then clocked up 13 years in the sport with just two teams.
To date his numbers are
- Races 155 (155 starts)
- Wins 37
- Podiums 77
- Pole Positions 44
- Driver championships 2
To beat Schumacher, Hamilton would require
- 6 more driver titles
- 55 more wins
- 79 more podiums
- 25 more pole positions
- 154 more races (153 starts)
Michael Schumacher has the best win ratio to races started of any F1 driver at 29.55%. Lewis currently stands 5th in this list at 23.87%.
So what are the likely numbers for Lewis by the time he retires from Formula One?