Michael Schumacher’s career statistics must make daunting reading for his rivals. He’s already racked up more than 100 fastest laps and over 150 podium finishes.
And if his Mercedes is up to the task, this year he could surpass 100 F1 career wins, something which has never been done before.
Of all his achievements, Schumacher’s massive tally of 91 race wins is perhaps his most impressive.
If he wins half the races on this year’s calendar – which he’s done before – he’ll become the first driver ever to record 100 race victories. Add another two to that and he would have twice as many race wins as any other F1 driver ever.
As with all these records, Schumacher’s ability to do that is largely down to how competitive the Mercedes turns out to be.
Fernando Alonso needs one more win to tie with Damon Hill as F1′s tenth most prolific winner. A couple of years ago he looked a likely candidate to scale Schumacher’s mammoth tally, but two largely win-less years at Renault have delayed his pursuit of his 2006 championship rival.
With 91 wins from 249 starts, Schumacher has won more than a third of all the races he’s started. Only four drivers have done better, and two of those are drivers who only appear in the list because the Indianapolis 500 used to count towards the world championship.
Which driver competing today is closest to Schumacher’s mark? Lewis Hamilton, who’s won 21.15% of the races he’s started.
*Indianapolis 500 only
Schumacher has more wins than any other driver has podiums barring Alain Prost, so it’s no surprise to see him comfortably on top of this list.
As impressive as Schumacher’s record is, Juan Manuel Fangio’s strike rate of podiums is exceptional considering how much less reliable F1 cars were in the 1950s.
Of the current drivers once again it’s Hamilton who gets closest to Schumacher’s record. But the McLaren driver would have to finish in the top three for the first 14 races in a row to beat Schumacher’s hit rate.
Dorino Serafini finished second in the 1950 Italian Grand Prix, the only race he started.
When it comes to pole positions Schumacher’s margin of superiority is not as great. He scored three more pole positions than Ayrton Senna but started 87 more races – so he doesn’t fare as well when we take a look at the drivers’ strike rate for pole positions:
Of course Senna set all his pole positions during the days of classic ‘low fuel’ qualifying, but Schumacher experienced race-fuel qualifying from 2003-2006. This year we’re back to ‘low-fuel’ qualifying.
Schumacher’s fearsome race pace means he has almost twice as many fastest laps as any other driver, and will hit that mark if he manages another six this year.
Kimi Räikkönen was making inroads on Schumacher’s tally. But he won’t be racking up further fastest laps any time soon as he’s gone to race the stopwatch full-time in the World Rally Championship.
The active driver with the highest tally of fastest laps in Rubens Barrichello, who has 17.
Japanese driver Masahiro Hasemi tops this list after his one-off start in the 1976 Japanese Grand Prix where he was credited with fastest lap.
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Looking at statistics like these makes you wonder what Schumacher feels he has left to achieve in F1. They may seem impossible to reach but when you consider the success drivers like Hamilton and Alonso have achieved already, with potentially another decade or more in the top flight ahead of them, perhaps one day they will reach the marks Schumacher has set.
But before then, let’s see if the seven-times world champion has it in him to push them a bit higher.
What are you expecting to see from Schumacher this year? Have you say in the comments.
2010 F1 season