As the Formula 1 world champ stalks a record number of Yas Marina wins, yet another Lewis Hamilton record is at play in Abu Dhabi that speaks to Mercedes F1 as a whole.
Lewis Hamilton already is in a league of his own in many respects. Over his long Formula 1 career he has amassed 87 poles, 83 victories. Hamilton is a 6x world champion having clinched the title a few races ago.
Even with his obviously impressive career, he’s still 8 wins short of the all time record – one he’ll almost definitely break next year in the 2020 Formula 1 season.
But there is one major Lewis Hamilton record that would be included with an asterisk crediting the team as well should he finish the 21 round of the 2019 F1 season.
Should Hamilton complete 100% of the 21 turn, 5.554 kilometer Yas Marina street circuit, he’ll join only Michael Schumacher as only the second driver in Formula 1 history to complete every lap of every grand prix event in a single season. The only other time this has ever been done done was when Schumi achieved this impressive feat on his path to trouncing of the 2002 Formula 1 grid where he averaged an untouchable 1.4 points per race. This says just as much about the car’s reliability and Mercedes F1 team as a unit as it does about Hamilton’s dominance on the grid in the hybrid era especially.
A Feat Of Engineering Strength
The Mercedes-AMG F1 Petronas team hosted Hamilton at their factory where much of Hamilton’s hybrid era dominance can be directly attributed to his team’s efforts to create the W10 beast for the silver arrows.
💬 "It's amazing to see the craftsmanship. I'm so proud to be a part of this."— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) November 24, 2019
Someone, somewhere in the world is driving a @MercedesBenz that @LewisHamilton helped to build! Could it be you... 😉 #DrivingInnovation #KnowledgeTransfer #ATeamComeTrue pic.twitter.com/cbj7YtZqvK
Lewis Hamilton will likely be able to join Schumacher on his great accomplishment from his 1992 title season in Abu Dhabi as he hasn’t retired from a race since the 2018 F1 season opener in Melbourne. It’s easy to forget that behind these Formula 1 greats are legends in their own right. Those that work tirelessly at the factory for the drivers on parts, engineering, testing, media, management, etc.
While yes, a lot of credit should go to the driver for their ability to master and execute the hard work their teams have put in for them. But let’s credit the Mercedes F1 team for their efforts to make a gem of engineering greatness that has propelled one of the world’s most talented drivers into more rare air occupied by only one other towering Formula 1 figure, Michael Schumacher.
Do you think Hamilton will be able to pull this off? And how much of this should be attributed in this engineering era to the teams as the drivers continue to push their car freely? You can find more important race information regarding all things related to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on the race page. The race will take place at 8:10 am EST on Sunday, December 1 2019.
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