Lewis Hamilton wins 7th F1 Championship: A look at the records he broke in 2020
First Published 16, Nov 2020, 12:22 PM
Lewis Hamilton is a British Formula 1 racer, who races for Mercedes-AMG Petronas. He was previously associated with McLaren. He has won the record-equalling seventh F1 Driver's Championship, a feat previously held by Michael Schumacher of Germany.
2020 has been no short of surprises, but it seems to be ending on a good note, as British motorsport legend Lewis Hamilton has won his seventh Formula 1 Driver's Championship. He has now equalled the feat of winning the most, along with Michael Schumacher of Germany.
Hamilton attained the feat after he won the Turkish Grand Prix (GP) on Sunday, finishing first on the podium. As he celebrates this historic achievement of his, in what has turned out to be a glorious season for him, we take a look at the records he broke this season.
Most World Championship wins: Starting with the leading record itself, this was Hamilton's record-equalling seventh championship win. Schumacher previously held the feat, who won his last championship in 2004.
Most career wins: As of now, Hamilton has the most race wins in his career, of 94. He went past the previous feat of 91, held by Schumacher, after winning the Portuguese GP this year.
Most wins at a GP: Hamilton has won eight Hungarian GPs, including the one this year. Consequently, he also holds the record of winning a GP on most occasions, as he shares the feat with Schumacher again, who won eight races at the French GP. On the other hand, he has also won the most home GP, having won the British GP on seven occasions.
Most consecutive seasons on pole: Since 2007, Hamilton has attained the pole position consecutively on 14 occasions. As a result, he is the record-holder of the same, having gone past Schumacher's previous record of 13.
Most races finished in the points: So far, Hamilton has attained 227 points from the races. In the process, he now has the most points from the races, going past the previous record of 221, held by Schumacher. He achieved the feat after winning the 2020 Tuscan GP. He also has the most point finishes in the races, having won 47 between 2018 British GP to the just-concluded Turkish GP. He went past his previous record of 33, between 2016 Japanese GP to 2018 French GP.
Most podiums: Hamilton has finished on the podium on record 163 occasions. He has achieved the feat after the 2020 Spanish GP. The previous record was held by Schumacher again, with 155 podiums.
Most lead from start to finish: In a unique record, Hamilton has the lead from start to finish on most instances, of 22, thereby going past the previous record of 19, held by Ayrton Senna. Hamilton gained the feat after winning the 2020 British GP.
Leading the longest distance: In another unprecedented feat, he also has the record of leading the longest distance, of 25,597 km. He has once again beaten Schumacher in this, who led 24,148 km, while Hamilton grabbed the feat after the 2020 Belgian GP win.
Most consecutive finishes: In the final novel feat, Hamilton has 47 successive race finishes and classifications to his name. He has been holding the record since 2018 British GP. While he has gone past Nick Hieldfield's 33 among most consecutive finishes, it was 41 for the latter among most consecutive classifications.