It is obvious that Lewis Hamilton is one of the best Formula 1 drivers to ever take part in the sport. And after securing his 92nd pole position ahead of the 2020 Spanish Grand Prix, Hamilton once again proved his dominance by taking possession of 8.95% of all F1 pole positions. already.
Yes. The Spanish Grand Prix is the 1,027th race in F1. Hamilton’s 92 Poles are breaking records in many ways, but it’s crazy to see those numbers turn into an almost double-digit percentage.
To put things in perspective, the 68 poles of Michael Schumacher place it at 6.6%. Juan Manuel Fangio’s 29 poles represent 2.82 percent of the total poles.
Now, before I start giving myself a try in the comments, stats like these are incredibly relative. F1 hosts a lot more races in a season now than it did in Fangio’s time. The race was also incredibly dangerous back then, which made it difficult for a driver to rack up tons of pole positions without, you know, dying or being seriously injured. Fangio has also scored poles in 54.71% of the races he has started, while Hamilton’s percentage is 35.93%.
It is difficult to compare pilots of different generations on an individual basis. Cars, circuits and drivers are totally different from one era to another. But there’s a reason the best driver of an era excels, and Hamilton has what it takes in the contemporary era which prides itself on consistent skill and near perfection in top-level gear.
And he’s still at his peak. There’s a good chance that we will not only see Hamilton reach 100 poles by the end of the 2020 season, but also get a solid 10% of all pole positions ever.
H / T at Josh Wilcock!