How Lewis Hamilton can not only pass Prost but catch Schumacher
By: S.H. Harding, Xiro Xone News November 10, 2016 Updated: 2:50 AM
After his commanding performance in last week's Mexican Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton equalled Alain Prost's 51 race wins. During the Mercedes post race Q&A, Hamilton expressed how he felt to reach such a historical milestone.
"It feels very surreal right now," Hamilton said. "That was an incredible target to get to. He was a great master, he had 51 wins, that's a lot of wins.
"To think that Michael has 91 is just mind-blowing, mesmerising, so I feel really grateful. I think I've had 30 wins with this team so it just shows that this is the best team and weekend in and weekend out I continue to prove that it was the right decision coming here and the best decision of my life and career."
Hamilton can still make more history as the Mercedes driver only needs another 40 to match Michael Schumacher.
It is mathematically possible for Hamilton to achieve this given the average number of races on an F1 calendar. Not to mention Hamilton's current win percentage of 27.42% is higher than both Prost (25.31%) and Ayrton Senna with (25.25%). However, Juan Manuel Fangio sits at the top with highest percentage at 46.15%.
Hamilton reached 51 wins in 186 race starts, 17 less than Prost's 199. He is the only driver on the current grid to have won a race in every season he's been in Formula One since his rookie year with McLaren in 2007.
Lewis Hamilton's next set of milestones include the all-time pole positions list. Mexico was his 59th, putting him six away from his hero and idol Ayrton Senna with 65 and nine away from Michael Schumacher with 68.
Win number 52 could come at next weeks Brazilian Grand Prix were Hamilton would pass Alain Prost on the all time wins list and take a victory at a track where he has never won.