November 20

Lewis Hamilton matches Michael Schumacher as seven-time F1 champion

first_img– Advertisement – Lewis Hamilton is F1’s second seven-time champion in history after clinching 2020 crown with three races to spare with epic Turkish GP victory; Hamilton, who claimed his 94th win, is now statistically the sport’s most successful driver By Matt MorlidgeLast Updated: 15/11/20 12:23pm “Woohoo!” said an emotional Hamilton on team radio. “Thank you so much guys.- Advertisement – Hamilton is now statistically the most successful driver in F1 history, having broken Schumacher’s tally of 91 wins earlier this season.Hamilton only needed to avoid being outscored by eight points by Valtteri Bottas on Sunday at Istanbul Park – and took an incredible come-from-behind victory, his 94th, to seal the title in style in wet conditions. Lewis Hamilton7 Most podiums 163 – Advertisement – Alain Prost4 While Hamilton has yet to sign on for 2021, with his Mercedes contract expiring next month, he is expected to renew and looks well placed to build on his record-equalling title.Mercedes have been 2020’s dominant team and have sealed clean sweeps of F1’s championships in seven consecutive years – an unprecedented run of success in the sport. Lewis Hamilton passes Sergio Perez into Turn 12 to take the lead at the Turkish GP Bottas was never in contention in Turkey and finished down in 14th.The 2020 crown is Hamilton’s fourth in a row and sixth since joining Mercedes nearly eight years ago. He won his first title with McLaren in 2008.Hamilton matches Schumacher… and will he add more titles?Hamilton is at the same stage of his career as Schumacher was – 35 years old and in his 14th season of F1 – when the German, who was also the first driver to reach six titles, became a seven-time champion at the 2004 Belgian GP.Schumacher raced for five more seasons in F1, with Ferrari and then a three-year return with Mercedes before he was replaced, ironically, by Hamilton, but failed to add any more championships. Most F1 Drivers’ Championships 0:52 Lewis Hamilton passes Sergio Perez into Turn 12 to take the lead at the Turkish GP The key F1 records Hamilton now holds Michael Schumacher7 Most wins94 Sebastian Vettel4 Most points 3728 “That’s for all the kids out there that dream the impossible. You can do it too, I believe in you guys.”He added after the race: “We dreamed of this when we were young, watching the Grand Prix, and this is way, way beyond our dreams.” Juan-Manuel Fangio5 Lewis Hamilton has matched Michael Schumacher’s record of seven Formula 1 titles after clinching the 2020 Drivers’ Championship at the Turkish GP.- Advertisement – Most poles97 *shared with Schumacher