Lewis Hamilton may stretch his file tally of race wins to 120 after turning into the primary Formulation One driver to succeed in a century, the game’s managing director Ross Brawn stated on Monday.
The seven-times world champion, who will flip 37 in January, has two extra seasons on his Mercedes contract and few doubt he’ll style additional success.
Two factors away from Pink Bull’s Max Verstappen on the prime of the standings after successful Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix in Sochi, essentially the most profitable driver within the historical past of the game isn’t about to let up.
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“Who is aware of the place it’ll find yourself?” stated Brawn in a column for the official F1 web site, predicting the Briton would proceed to win yearly.
“I do not suppose we may predict 200 wins, however I believe we may definitely predict 20 extra as he is nonetheless massively aggressive and motivated.”
When Michael Schumacher retired with a file 91 wins, some observers questioned whether or not anybody would ever be capable to match the Ferrari nice’s achievement. Brawn, his good friend and technical director, was certainly one of them.
At that time in historical past, the German had 40 wins greater than earlier file holder Alain Prost and 50 greater than Ayrton Senna.
Hamilton gained his 92nd in Portugal final October.
The Briton’s closest nonetheless lively rival is ex-Pink Bull and Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, a four-times champion on 53 wins.
Each he and Vettel owe a lot to the truth that Formulation One seasons now function way more races than in even the pretty current previous, with 23 due subsequent 12 months after a file 22 scheduled for 2021.
The very first championship in 1950 featured six grands prix in addition to the Indianapolis 500 — a race the Formulation One drivers prevented.
Hamilton has now gained extra races than triple world champion Jackie Stewart, essentially the most profitable British driver earlier than him, even began.
The Scot known as it quits in 1973 after successful 27 of his 99.
Sochi was Hamilton’s 281st begin, in comparison with Schumacher’s profession 307, Prost’s 199 and Senna’s 161.
Verstappen, who turns 24 on Thursday, has competed in 134 races and gained 17 — the primary at 18 making him the youngest ever winner.
If anybody goes to problem Hamilton’s file, the Dutch driver could be a number one contender.
One file that Verstappen can by no means match, nonetheless, is Hamilton’s feat of successful in each season he has competed, ranging from his sixth race with McLaren in Canada in 2007.
Since 2014, the 12 months after he joined Mercedes, Hamilton has averaged greater than 10 wins a 12 months — a quantity he’s unlikely to match this time with a present tally of 5 and 7 rounds remaining.
Verstappen has gained seven of them to date.
Schumacher, in contrast was not a winner till his second season, and his 18th race, and drew blanks on the finish with Mercedes in 2010-12.
Schumacher and Vettel collectively maintain the file for many wins in a season, 13 in 2004 and 2013 respectively. Hamilton’s finest was 11 in 2014, 2018, 2019 and 2020