June 29, 2020 / 1:40 PM / 2 months ago

Some of the records in Lewis Hamilton's sights

LONDON (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton is hoping to equal Michael Schumacher’s record seven Formula One championships in the season that starts in Austria this weekend after being delayed since March by the COVID-19 pandemic.

FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 - Australian Grand Prix - Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne, Australia - March 12, 2020 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton poses for a drivers portrait REUTERS/Tracey Nearmy/File Photo

The following details some of the milestones the Mercedes driver and his team can reach.

7 - Titles. A record held by Ferrari great Schumacher. Also successive constructors’ titles. Mercedes have won the last six, a record shared with Ferrari.

8 - Schumacher holds the record of eight wins at the same grand prix. Hamilton is on seven for Canada, which remains uncertain for this year, and Hungary — third race of the revised season.

Also Grand Slams (pole, led every lap and fastest lap). Hamilton needs two more to equal late compatriot Jim Clark’s all-time record of eight.

11 - Longest gap between first and last championships. Hamilton took this record last year (2008-19) from Schumacher (1994-2004) and can stretch it to 12 this season.

13 - Most races won in a single season, a record Schumacher shares with Sebastian Vettel. Hamilton’s highest tally is 11. That looks unlikely in this coronavirus-affected year, with the sport setting its sights on 15-18 races after originally planning a record 22.

19 - Grands Prix won after leading every lap. Hamilton shares the record with Ayrton Senna.

33 - Consecutive points finishes. An ongoing record held by Hamilton, whose last failure to score was in Austria in 2018.

65 - Front row lockouts. Ferrari hold this one but Mercedes are on 64.

88 - Pole positions. A record held by Hamilton, whose 88th was in Abu Dhabi last November.

91 - Race wins, a record held by Schumacher. The German’s last win was in China in 2006. Hamilton starts the campaign with 84 wins to his credit. He has averaged 10 wins a season for the past six years.

148 - Most grands prix led. Hamilton set this last year.

155 - Podium finishes. Another of Schumacher’s records that looks destined to fall. Hamilton is on 151.

250 - Most consecutive starts. A Hamilton record.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Ken Ferris

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