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The incredible numbers behind Hamilton's seventh heaven

16/11/20

The Briton has shown no sign of slowing down.

Lewis Hamilton completed a history-making seventh Formula 1® title triumph with victory in Sunday's Turkish Grand Prix.

Like the greats Hamilton now counts himself among, the Briton demonstrated his mastery of wet conditions at Istanbul Park.

He is now level on seven world championships with Michael Schumacher, having won six in the past seven seasons as part of a run of ongoing dominance with Mercedes.

After the race, Hamilton said: "To all the kids out there, dream the impossible."

The numbers collected below show the scale of the fantasy the 35-year-old continues to make a reality.

MATCHING SCHUMACHER'S MARK

Schumacher won his seventh and final championship in 2004, a streak of five in a row at Ferrari that saw him surpass Juan Manuel Fangio's previous overall record of five career titles.

All but one of Hamilton's triumphs have come with Mercedes, following a dramatic initial 2008 success at McLaren.

That means he has now gone past Schumacher as the driver to have won the most F1® titles with the same team. The German's back-to-back 1994 and 1995 successes came at Benetton.

The only championship not claimed by Hamilton during his current run, 2016, was picked up by his then Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

He now has four in a row, meaning matching another Schumacher best for successive crowns comes into view next season.

WINNING RECORD

Hamilton can equal and surpass his best single-season return of 11 wins, which he recorded in each of 2014, 2018 and 2019.

Victory in Turkey was number 10 out of 14 in 2020, with three races remaining. His current win percentage of 71.43 this season is the third best of all time, behind Alberto Ascari's 75 per cent (six wins from eight races) in 1952 and Schumacher's 72.22 per cent (13 wins from 18 races) in 2004.

Sebastian Vettel matched his compatriot's 13 successes in 2013 and this is another celebrated number Hamilton could match when the dust settles in Abu Dhabi next month.

Hamilton is an all-time F1® leader in terms of career wins (94), poles (97), podiums (163) and points (3,738), having overtaken Schumacher to take top spot in all but the latter category.

DOMINANCE SPANNING DECADES

When he won his first championship in 2008, Hamilton was F1®'s youngest world title winner at 23 years, nine months and 26 days old. Vettel later surpassed that feat in 2010 at 23, four months and 11 days.

Title number seven has arrived with Hamilton 35, 10 months and eight days old.

The 12 seasons between his first and most recent titles is the longest span in F1® history, with Schumacher (1994-2004) and Niki Lauda (1975-1984) next on the list.

Lauda edged out Alain Prost in 1984 by half a point in the last of his wins, the only margin narrower than the single point Hamilton beat Felipe Massa by in 2008.

He does not deal in such slender differences nowadays. The 110-point advantage he has over Bottas at present stands as Hamilton's biggest personal margin over the driver in second place.

Vettel still holds the most processional title win, going back to 2013 when his Red Bull was 155 points better off than runner-up Fernando Alonso's Ferrari.