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Lewis Hamilton may be the greatest driver in Formula 1 history but the Brit will still have four records held by Michael Schumacher to claim for himself even if he wins a record eighth world title in 2021. Hamilton trails title rival Max Verstappen by six points with just six races to go.
The 36-year-old is chasing a record eighth world championship as he currently sits on seven, tied with Schumacher for the most ever.
If he beats the Dutchman to the title, Hamilton surely stands alone as statistically the greatest driver in F1 history as he will have the most titles, most race wins and most pole positions.
However, there are four other records the Brit should turn his attention to in 2022.
Most consecutive titles
Mercedes have enjoyed an unparalleled period of success as the German manufacturer dominated the turbo hybrid era, winning seven straight constructors’ and drivers’ titles.
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Hamilton won six of the seven titles in such a span, with former teammate Nico Rosberg pipping the Brit to the championship in an intense 2016 season.
Since the German retired after winning, Hamilton has claimed all four available titles with teammate Valtteri Bottas lagging behind.
If the Brit wins the 2021 title, he will draw level with Schumacher for the most successive titles with five.
The German enjoyed his successful stint at Ferrari between 2000 and 2004, and Hamilton can go for a record-breaking sixth straight title in 2022.
Most wins in a single season
It’s a testament to the effort of Verstappen and Red Bull that Hamilton has managed just five wins from 16 races in 2021, despite winning at least 11 in each of his last three seasons.
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In fact, he came into the current campaign with 95 wins across his 14 seasons in Formula 1 at an average of 6.7 a year – so he needs to win two more in order to maintain that record.
The Brit has never managed what Schumacher and rival Sebastian Vettel has achieved, which is the most race wins in a single season.
Schumacher claimed 13 wins – two more than Hamilton’s best total – of 18 races in 2004 while Vettel triumphed in 13 of 19 races in 2013 when the German secured his fourth consecutive title.
Most hat tricks
In Formula 1, a hat-trick is defined as qualifying on pole, winning the race and registering the fastest lap at the same Grand Prix.
Schumacher has the most in the sport’s history with 22, with Hamilton sitting just behind on 18.
The Brit is yet to achieve a hat-trick this season, again proving the improved competition in 2021.
Vettel is the only other current driver with a notable number but has only managed eight hat-tricks – behind only Jim Clark (11) and Juan Manuel Fangio (nine).
Most fastest laps
This is perhaps the most difficult record remaining for Hamilton to break.
Schumacher secured a mightily impressive 77 fastest laps in his dominant career that spanned 308 races.
Hamilton is only second to the Ferrari icon but he is behind by some distance on 57 after adding four in 2021.
The seven-time champion registered the fastest lap in the races at Emilia Romagna, Monaco, Styria and Zandvoort in the Netherlands – all races won by Verstappen.
In 2020, Hamilton achieved the fastest lap six times in 17 races and so the Brit will take several seasons to surpass Schumacher’s total if he is to ever catch him.
Formula 1 returns to Texas for the United States Grand Prix on October 24, with Red Bull star Verstappen holding a slender six-point lead over Mercedes’ Hamilton.
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