Lewis Hamilton needs just one more podium to go level with Ayrton Senna for podium finishes in Formula 1, a feat that would place him equal fourth on the all-time list.

The defending champion, who will start the Hungarian Grand Prix from pole position, has notched up 79 F1 podiums since making his debut in 2007, putting him close behind Senna, who managed 80 podiums before his untimely death in 1994.

Though Hamilton is largely unmoved by the prospect of climbing the all-time lists, he is enticed by the idea of going level with Senna.

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"Statistics... I don't really think about stats or results. It is kind of neat to be in and among an area like Senna because as a kid I always wanted to emulate him. To say that I am on par to do that is quite neat."

Indeed, Hamilton's success with Mercedes since the start of 2014 has seen him make a rapid ascension up various all-time lists. In terms of podiums alone, he is currently on a run of 16 consecutive podium finishes out of those 79, placing him behind just Michael Schumacher (155), Alain Prost (106) and Fernando Alonso (97), as well as Senna, overall.

It is notable though that Hamilton is currently tied with Schumacher in terms of podiums to race starts (50.32 per cent) and behind only Prost by this reckoning (52.47 per cent)

In terms of wins, Hamilton's British Grand Prix success brought him to 38 career wins, which places him fifth on the all-time list. However, with Senna and Sebastian Vettel on 41 and 40 respectively, Hamilton is poised to lift himself to third overall before the season is out.

A fifth straight pole position in 2015 at the Hungaroring also represents a new personal best for Hamilton, the record standing at eight for Senna in 1988-1989.

Finally, Hamilton is well placed to secure a fifth Hungarian Grand Prix win from pole position, which would make him the most successful driver at the Hungaroring of all-time.