Mind-Blowing F1 Stats From Lewis Hamilton’s Absence at the Sakhir Grand Prix

Published 12/03/2020, 10:58 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey -Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium with a trophy after winning the race and the world championship Pool via REUTERS/Clive Mason


Lewis Hamilton is breaking F1 records one after the other, like it’s a piece of cake. His trophy-laden career has already seen him win the most races, grab the most poles, and whatnot.

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He also had a phenomenal season and won his seventh Driver’s Championship title, equaling the record of the legendary Michael Schumacher. In all probability, he will break that too, next season. However, the records that the Briton is making at Sakhir GP aren’t ones he’s necessarily happy about.

New records for Lewis Hamilton

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Consecutive race starts for Lewis

The Former McLaren driver hasn’t missed a single race in F1 since making his debut in 2007. This means a total of 265 consecutive race starts across 14 seasons for the Brit. That’s a record; a comfortable 59 races more than his ex-rival Nico Rosberg who sits at 206 race starts.

On the current grid, only Daniel Ricciardo can break that record now that Lewis has set a marker. At 186 race starts, he may need to drive for at least 4 more seasons without missing a race to have a sniff at it.

Emulating ‘Schumi’ once again

The Mercedes ace has also become the first driver since 1994 to miss a race weekend and win the championship in the same season. Who did it the last time? The great Michael Schumacher with the now-defunct Benetton. Another one bites the dust!

A First for Mercedes F1 too :

Simply sensational, isn’t it? The Silver Arrows came into the F1 scene as a proper team in 2010 after taking over the operations of Brawn GP. Making a comeback, Schumacher drove for them from 2010 to the end of 2012, when Lewis took over his seat.

Records that Lewis Hamilton missed out on

13 Race Wins in 1 season and 100 Poles

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FILE PHOTO: McLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain (L) overtakes Mercedes Formula One driver Michael Schumacher of Germany during the Monaco F1 Grand Prix May 29, 2011.
Courtesy: Reuters

The Briton can consider himself unlucky to miss out on these records. After grabbing the 98th pole of his career in Bahrain, he was on track for 100 poles at the end of the season.

Germans Sebastian Vettel and Schumacher hold the record for most race wins in a season with 13. By winning his 11th in Bahrain, he could have equaled that record with 2 rounds remaining.

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On the brighter side, the next season will comprise 23 rounds, giving him ample time and opportunity to make and break more records.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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