Five Michael Schumacher Records That Could Be Broken by Lewis Hamilton in 2021

Published 02/14/2021, 5:48 AM EST
MUGELLO, ITALY: Michael Schumacher pose for the photographers with the new 248 F1 car during the launch of the new Ferrari F1 car for the Season 2006 in Mugello near Florence, Italy. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)


Michael Schumacher has the claim to be the greatest driver in F1 history. The German was in his pomp during the 90s and early 00s winning his seven Driver’s Championships. He won these seven titles in 11 years and fully cemented his dominance in that era. This was considered virtually impossible to break at the time. 

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However, Lewis Hamilton has changed this notion. After joining Mercedes, he went on a record-breaking run. He has already equaled Schumi’s record of seven title wins and is now on the brink of breaking it.

Hamilton has beaten a bunch of other records set by the German legend along the way. He has gotten the most wins (95), most podiums (165), and pole positions (98).

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So, in addition to the most championship wins, let’s take a look at a few more records of Schumacher which Hamilton could break in 2021.

1) Most driver’s championships

This is the big record out there, and almost every F1 fan (casual or die-hard) will know who currently holds this record – Schumacher Sr. Hamilton matched his tally of seven titles in 2020 and now jointly holds the record with the German legend.

2018 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX (13 September 2018) – Zone 1 – Paddock Club – Drivers’ Autograph Session Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton Singapore Grand Prix via Reuters Plus

If Hamilton wins the title in 2021, he will hold the record outright. This season would also see the Briton match Schumacher’s tally of winning consecutive World Championships in a row, having won every title from 2017.

2) Most laps led

Michael Schumacher holds the current record, having led 5111 laps across 306 race starts in his 19-year-long career.

JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN – MARCH 03: Michael Schumacher of Germany and team Ferrari visits Formula 1 testing on March 3, 2009 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Andy Hone/Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton needs to lead for just another 13 laps to break this record. Considering Hamilton led for 613 of the total laps in 2020, it’s safe to say that he should be able to beat this in 2021.

3) Most hat-tricks

A ‘hat-trick’ consists of winning the race, getting pole position, and getting the fastest lap in the race. This has been done by the German on 22 occasions.

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – MAY 26: Sparks fly as Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo on track during practice for the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco on May 26, 201,6 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton is right now on 18 ‘hat-tricks,’ meaning that he would need to do this on five race weekends to beat this record. Given that a 23-race calendar has been scheduled for 2021, it sounds fairly do-able. He also earned this feat on 3 occasions last year, so it is definitely within his reach.

4) Most victories at a single venue

Lewis Hamilton has won at the Hungaroring in Hungary on eight occasions. This matches Schumacher’s tally of eight victories at Magny Cours in France.

HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY – JULY 23: Michael Schumacher of Germany and Mercedes GP talks to his race engineer Andrew Shovlin during practice for the German Grand Prix at Hockenheimring on July 23, 201,0 in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

The 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix scheduled to take place on August 1, and if Hamilton were to win it, he would have there on nine occasions. This would set the new record for most wins at a single track.

5) Most pole positions at a single venue

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If the Australian Grand Prix takes place in November, as expected, Hamilton will be aiming to get his ninth pole at Albert Park. Interestingly, he has only won there on two occasions.

FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay/File Photo

He right now shares the record of most poles at a track with Schumacher and Ayrton Senna. Schumacher has done this on eight occasions at Suzuka (Japan) and Senna at Imola (San Marino).

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Safe to say, even if Hamilton fails to win his eighth championship, there are plenty of records he can break to make this year just as historic.
So, here’s to hoping that he can break these records and finish this year as the champion of the champions!

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Ashish Thomas

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Ashish Thomas is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having followed motorsports since age 5, Ashish holds an enviable knowledge of F1 history. Ashish holds extensive experience in sports writing, having previously worked for SportsQuest and Fansided.

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