Emilia Romagna GP: Lewis Hamilton Could Equal This Michael Shumacher F1 Record in Imola

Published 04/15/2021, 7:10 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the race on the podium with the trophy Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron


This year could very well be the crowning glory for Lewis Hamilton if he can claim that record-breaking eighth world title. The reigning Formula 1 champion is one of the most successful drivers in the sport’s history and is on the cusp of equaling another record this weekend at Imola.

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During a career that spans over a decade and a half, Hamilton has broken a plethora of long-standing records. Some of his incredible feats include – most number of wins, most wins with a single constructor, most consecutive points finish, most podium finishes.

This weekend at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, the Brit could equal another Michael Schumacher record – the record of most races spent in the lead of the drivers’ championship. The former German champion has led 121 races, while Hamilton has led 120 races leading the F1 championship.

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[Lights Out] The latest record on offer for Lewis Hamilton: most races spent in the lead of the Drivers’ Championship. He’ll equal Schumacher’s tally if he remains in the lead after the ImolaGP! from formula1

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The pair has won six consecutive championships together and were expected to continue their reign for another year. However, Red Bull and Max Verstappen look like they have other plans. Now, the Brit’s chances of winning the championship seem slimmer than before.

According to one report, “Mercedes’ advantage has been dramatically clawed back this year, thanks to regulation changes that appear to have benefitted its rivals.”

The key change this season has been in the floor at the rear of the cars, which has reduced the downforce that gave the Brackley squad an edge during the last season. Mercedes had optimized the downforce, and therefore, the rule change affected them the most.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 28, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Meanwhile, the Brackley Squad’s unique steering management system, DAS system has also been banned. The Dual-Axis Steering system allowed them to push and pull the steering wheel and help improve the tire warm-up.

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The introduction of the budget cap this season has also not helped the Silver Arrows’ cause. The team currently hopes to keep working on the car’s performance and become competitive by mid-season.

Lewis Hamilton will have to drive for his life during the first half of the season to remain in contention for the title fight. The team will concentrate on making the second half easier. However, the first half will be critical in deciding this season’s world champion.

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Do you believe the Brit will continue to conjure up magical races like Bahrain to win the championship this season? Or do you think this is the end of Sir Lewis Hamilton’s reign?

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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