Lewis Hamilton heads into the 2020 season with multiple records in his sights, and he’s not the only driver in with a shot at making history.
Let’s just get the big one out the way early. If Hamilton wins his seventh World Championship this year, he’ll equal Michael Schumacher’s haul, one that many believed would never be surpassed or even matched.
There are already people that believe the Mercedes driver is the best of all time. Winning the most titles ever doesn’t by any means make that so, but it would certainly increase the number of claims.
Youngest World Champion
If Hamilton fails in his quest for seven, there’s a pretty good chance that the man who beats him will break a record himself. Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc are arguably the best drivers on the grid asides from him, and both would become the youngest ever World Champion.
Sebastian Vettel currently holds the record for his 2010 triumph, in which he was 23 years and 134 days old. With Verstappen and Leclerc both 22 and turning 23 later this year, they’ll need to win the title this season to take it from the German.
Most race wins
Hamilton is just seven wins short of Schumacher’s record total of 91. If we had a full 21-race season on the way, he’d be almost certain to take it. However, with a considerably shorter calendar almost certain, the German may well hold onto it for another year.
Another record of Schumacher’s that Hamilton is closing in on is the most podium finishes ever. The German claimed 155 in the 308 races he started, while Hamilton is currently on 151 from 250. With the Mercedes man in the best car on the grid, four podiums should be easy, even in a 10-race season. We’re not saying he’s definitely going to do it, but – well, yeah, he is.
Leading every lap of a Grand Prix
Ayrton Senna is the man to beat for this one. The Brazilian led every single lap in just under half (19 of 41) of the races he won.
Hamilton also has 19 to his name and given he led every lap of five races in 2019, he looks set to take this one from the late great.
Most Grand Prix starts
Rubens Barrichello currently holds the record for starting the most races in the sport with a whopping 322 to his name. However, a certain Finn looks set to take it from him in 2020.
Despite being away from the grid for two years after leaving Ferrari in 2009, Kimi Raikkonen is still surely going to officially become the most experienced driver ever. Having started 312 races, he’ll do so as long as the current calendar is expanded by a minimum of three races.
Most races in the points
Both Kimi and Hamilton can also become the drivers to finish the most F1 races in points-scoring positions. At the moment, it’s yet another record held by Schumacher, but both men are just eight races behind. Hamilton should have no trouble surpassing it in his Mercedes, but Raikkonen doing so in his Alfa Romeo is another matter.
Consecutive Constructors’ Championships
It’s not just drivers that can make history this season, with Mercedes within reach of a huge record themselves. The Silver Arrows have won six Constructors’ titles in a row, the same amount as Ferrari achieved from 1999 to 2004. The Italian team will be determined not to lose the record to them, so no pressure Mattia Binotto. As if the stakes weren’t already high enough…
Most front row lockouts
Mercedes can also surpass Ferrari for the most front row lockouts in the sport. The Scuderia have done so 65 times, but Mercedes are just one behind. If they’re considerably quicker than their rivals this year, it’s surely another record they’re set to break.