Lewis Hamilton clinched his sixth Formula 1 world championship title at the United States Grand Prix on Sunday, but is he now the GOAT? We’ve had a look at the numbers…

Hamilton’s latest triumph, beating Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas to the 2019 title, has seen him crowned drivers’ champion on six different occasions and for the third consecutive year in a row.

Having moved ahead of Juan Manuel Fangio as the second most successful driver in the sport’s history, Hamilton is now just one title shy of Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of seven world championships.

In 248 consecutive grand prix races, Hamilton has picked up 83 victories, 150 podiums, 87 pole positions and the most career points of any driver with a remarkable total of 3399.

He is just eight victories away from equalling Schumacher’s tally of 91 wins, with the statistics showing Hamilton is scoring his wins at a faster rate.

Hamilton has won at least nine races in each of the past six seasons - if he can continue that run into next year, then 2020 will be the year that Schumacher’s wins record is surpassed.

Hamilton has described his 2019 campaign - in which he has already won 10 races - as the strongest of his career and his level of performance is showing no sign of dropping off.

Now 34, the Briton - whose contract with Mercedes expires at the end of 2020 - has spoken of his desire to continue racing beyond his current deal and become a “pioneer” of the next era of the sport, which begins in 2021.

So where does Hamilton rank for you? Watch our video and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

 

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