68 poles: Hamilton on verge of F1 record
26 July 2017 – Lewis Hamilton will match Michael Schumacher's pole position record if he tops qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix. GPUpdate.net puts his Formula 1 statistics into perspective.
Since making the switch from McLaren to Mercedes, Hamilton has claimed 41 pole positions, his total rising every season (five in 2013, seven in 2014, 11 in 2015 and 12 in 2016).
At the midway point of the 2017 campaign, he is on course to equal his 2016 pole tally, having posted the fastest lap time in six of the 10 qualifying sessions so far.
However, while he could soon equal Schumacher in terms of poles, Hamilton does not hold the overall best percentage, the Briton sitting back in fifth in the all-time list.
Juan Manuel Fangio tops this chart, with 56.86 per cent, having claimed 29 poles over 51 starts, putting him comfortably clear of Jim Clark, who took 33 poles over 72 starts (45.83 per cent).
Alberto Ascari, on 43.75 per cent with 14 poles over 32 starts, and Ayrton Senna, on 40.37 per cent with 65 poles over 161 starts, also feature ahead of Hamilton (33.84 per cent).
Schumacher, meanwhile, is down in eighth, on 22.15 per cent with 68 poles over 307 starts, his number affected by a less successful spell with Mercedes from 2010-2012.
If he takes pole in Hungary, Hamilton's first opportunity to move ahead of Schumacher on the pole list will come at the Belgian Grand Prix, where he is set to make his 200th start.
All-time pole position list:
1. Michael Schumacher, 68
2. Lewis Hamilton, 67
3. Ayrton Senna, 65
4. Sebastian Vettel, 47
5. Jim Clark, 33
Alain Prost, 33
7. Nigel Mansell, 32
8. Nico Rosberg, 30
9. Juan Manuel Fangio, 29
10. Mika Häkkinen, 26
Pole position percentage:
1. Juan Manuel Fangio, 56.86 per cent (29 poles/51 starts)
2. Jim Clark, 45.83 per cent (33 poles/72 starts)
3. Alberto Ascari, 43.75 per cent (14 poles/32 starts)
4. Ayrton Senna, 40.37 per cent (65 poles/161 starts)
5. Lewis Hamilton, 33.84 per cent (67 poles/198 starts)
6. Sebastian Vettel, 25 per cent (47 poles/188 starts)
7. Stirling Moss, 24.24 per cent (16 poles/66 starts)
8. Michael Schumacher, 22.15 per cent (68 poles/307 starts)
9. Damon Hill, 17.39 per cent (20 poles/115 starts)
10. Jackie Stewart, 17.17 per cent (17 poles/99 starts)
NB: List only includes drivers with 10 or more poles