With Michael Schumacher’s all-time Formula 1 wins and championships records in his sights, which will Lewis Hamilton break first?
Already the second winningest driver in Formula 1 history, the five-time champion climbed ever closer to Michael Schumacher’s all-time wins record.
Schumacher, who won an all-time record 91 races over the course of his Formula 1 career, is also the only driver in Formula 1 history who won more championships than the 34-year-old Briton has won as well with seven.
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Hamilton appears to be well on his way to winning his sixth championship, which would also be his third consecutive title and his fifth in the last six seasons, this year, as it is beginning to look like a question of when he will clinch it as opposed to if.
Hamilton is under contract to drive for the Silver Arrows through the 2020 season, and there is no guarantee that he will retire after that time. He is poised to at least tie if not break both Schumacher’s all-time Formula 1 wins and championships records before he retires.
But which will he break first?
Barring a strange turn of events that results in Hamilton winning the next few championships with only a couple of race wins each season, expect him to break Schumacher’s wins record first.
The earliest season in which Hamilton can become an eight-time champion is the 2021 season. Meanwhile, he needs only 12 more wins to become the winningest driver in Formula 1 history.
He has already earned seven victories in the first 11 races of the 21-race 2019 season, and he has earned 14 victories since the 12th race of the 21-race 2018 season. He has earned his most recent 12 victories in the last 18 races.
He could, however, tie both the wins and championships records next year, but he will more than likely earn his 92nd career victory even before he becomes a seven-time champion, much less an eight-time champion.
Will Lewis Hamilton become a 92-time Formula 1 Grand Prix winner before he becomes an eight-time Formula 1 champion? The answer to that question will likely turn out to be yes, but him becoming an eight-time champion is certainly not out of the question altogether.