February 27, 2021


Who would think any person would have come close, and Lewis Hamilton now has equaled, to Michael Schumacher’s seven World Formula 1 championship record. Following previous successes in 2008, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2019, Lewis Hamilton won the Turkish Grand Prix for his 7th championship.

In most pole positions, the Briton already holds the record number and Schumacher won 91 F1 over a total earlier this season. We cropped the numbers in order to see how sports legends compare.

How Hamilton compares to other racers:

  • As regards the championships, Hamilton now stands with Schumacher in seven titles and is the most successful driver of all time.
  • Hamilton takes the seventh win in the all-time lead with two free legendary Argentinean Juan Manuel Fangio. During the 1950s, Fangio won 5 titles.
  • The title is fourth in a row (2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020) for Hamilton. Schumacher, who won five titles before him, won a bounce between 2000 and 2004, has recorded the successive F1 championships.
  • In seven years, it is also the sixth title of Hamilton. The supremacy of Hamilton was broken by the 2016 five-point lead by Nico Rosberg – his teammate from the Mercedes team.
  • Sebastian Vettel is the only other rider currently to win more than one championship.

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 of racing.