Lewis Hamilton is undoubtedly the most successful driver in the history of Formula 1. The Briton entered F1 racing with McLaren in 2007 as Fernando Alonso’s teammate. Lewis quickly impressed with his racing skills, finishing third in his debut race. He also missed the world championship in his rookie year by a mere one point to Kimi Raikkonen and tied with his teammate Alonso. The Briton finally won his first championship in 2008 and clinched six more after that with Mercedes to become the second driver with seven F1 titles after veteran driver Michael Schumacher.
The amazing feat is a testament to Lewis Hamilton’s greatness. He is also the most skillful driver who has achieved the most amount of success in an F1 car in motorsport history. The 37-year-old is still racing with Mercedes and hoped to win his record eighth championship after coming so close to the unachieved feat last year. In this article, we will look at all the Lewis Hamilton records, which are quite far-fetched to be broken in the near future.
Only F1 Driver To Have Won A Single Race Each Career Season
In his 15-season-long career, the Briton has won at least a single race every season. This is a record that has not been achieved by any F1 driver except Sir Lewis Hamilton. Despite facing tough seasons on a couple of occasions with McLaren, Lewis still managed to bag a victory somehow during each season. However, the situation has been quite harsh this season with the Mercedes car. Thus, it would be interesting to see if the Briton manages to extend his unique record by delivering a victory for Mercedes during the second half of the 2022 season.
Most F1 World Championships
Hamilton is tied with Michael Schumacher with seven world championships each. They are the only two drivers in F1 history to have achieved the feat. The Mercedes driver came extremely close to winning his eighth championship last year. However, an FIA controversy during the final race in Abu Dhabi cost the Briton another championship victory. Although Hamilton still has a chance of becoming the only driver ever to win eight F1 championships in the future.
Most Grand Prix Race Wins
No other driver has ever won as many races as Lewis Hamilton has in F1 history. He is also the only driver to have a century of GP victories. While Lewis has not won a single race this season, he took the mark to 103 victories last season. Hopefully, the Briton will continue to bag some more before he leaves the motorsport.
Most Podiums By A F1 Driver
Along with the most GP wins, Hamilton has finished on the podium on more occasions that any other driver in F1 history. The Mercedes driver has 188 podiums under his name, with the most recent one coming during the Hungarian GP, where he finished P2. Michael Schumacher is behind him with 155 podiums, followed by Sebastian Vettel at 122 and Alain Prost with 106 podiums.
Most Pole Positions By A F1 Driver
Hamilton has enjoyed a great deal of time leading races after securing the most podiums ever by an F1 driver. The Briton has secured a total of 103 pole positions in his long career. The only drivers closest to the feat are Michael Schumacher with 68 career poles and Aryton Senna with 65. The Mercedes driver grabbed his first pole position in his first year in F1 and went on to take most poles by any driver.
Most Entries With A Single Team/Manufacturer
Lewis Hamilton joined Mercedes for the 2013 season. It was probably one of the best decisions Lewis ever made in his career to join the German manufacturer after being with McLaren from 2007-12. The Briton has been with the Silver Arrows, winning six drivers and eight constructors’ championships. However, Hamilton also holds the record for the most entries with a single manufacturer. The 37-year-old has started 301 races with Mercedes since 2013, which is far more than Kimi Raikkonen’s 209 with Ferrari, Schumacher‘s 181 with Ferrari, and David Coulthard’s 150 with Mercedes.
Total Points By A F1 Driver
Lewis Hamilton has also secured the most championship points in F1 along with the most race wins. The record is quite special as Hamilton had raced through various point system changes, even when a race winner was awarded just ten points. Presently, a race winner earns 25 points for a race win. Hamilton leads the list with 4,200 points, followed by Vettel at 3,065 points, Alonso at 1,982, and Raikkonen with 1873 championship points.
Most Consecutive Points Finish
Hamilton has finished in points 48 consecutive times, which is the most in motorsport history. Lewis leads the list with Kimi Raikkonen at 27, Schumacher at 24, and Alonso with 23 consecutive point finishes. F1 is a tough sport, and the consistency shown by the Briton has been quite unbelievable.