FORMULA 1 MOTORSPORT NEWS

Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton joins Michael Schumacher in elite company

Hamilton started this race from the pole position, and he led all 55 laps around the 21-turn, 3.451-mile (5.554-kilometer) Yas Marina Circuit road course on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to secure his 11th victory of the season, tying his career-high.

The 34-year-old Briton entered this race having completed all 1,207 laps that had been contested throughout the season’s first 20 races. In fact, he entered it having completed 1,913 laps (32-race streak) going back to last season after he was forced to retire from the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring with a fuel pressure issue.

In the 70-year history of the Formula 1 World Championship, this feat had only been achieved on one occasion by one driver. Michael Schumacher, the only driver who has won more championships (seven to six) and more races (91 to 84) than Hamilton, pulled it off in the 2002 season when he completed all 1,090 laps throughout the 17-race campaign.

Monte Carlo, Monaco
23rd May 2012
Michael Schumacher, Mercedes AMG and Lewis Hamilton, McLaren speak during the Wednesday Press Conference.

Schumacher finished that season with 11 victories and without finishing off the podium, and he secured an all-time record average finish of 1.41, a record that will likely never fall. Hamilton finished the 2019 season with 11 victories and 17 podium finishes as well, but with four results off the podium. His average finish was a career-high 2.38.