Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton: The world’s greatest and best drivers

Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel are poised to team up as team-mates at Ferrari next season The greatest driver of all time, Michael Schumacher, has been matched by Formula 1’s most successful driver of…

Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton: The world's greatest and best drivers

Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel are poised to team up as team-mates at Ferrari next season

The greatest driver of all time, Michael Schumacher, has been matched by Formula 1’s most successful driver of all time, Lewis Hamilton.

Schumacher won a record seven world titles and 91 races in his career before retiring at the end of 2006.

Hamilton, 31, won his first title on 1 November 2014 at the start of his fourth season, overtaking fellow Briton Jackie Stewart as the sport’s all-time leading scorer.

Hamilton holds a commanding lead of 168 points in the championship, with three races remaining.

Five-time world champion Schumacher won the last of his titles in 2006, as well as claiming titles in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2004.

Hamilton’s seven-year career in Formula 1

1988 – 4

1989 – 5

1990 – 6

1991 – 8

1992 – 3

1993 – 5

1994 – 4

1995 – 6

1996 – 2

1997 – 1

1999 – 4

2000 – 4

2001 – 1

2002 – 6

2003 – 5

2004 – 5

Hamilton has racked up 74 victories in his career so far, by comparison, including five this season in his quest to win his fifth world title in 2018.

Schumacher won 83 of his races, second only to seven-time champion Juan Manuel Fangio.

The German’s four wins from seven races this season will give him 47 race wins in his career and his tally is sure to climb significantly as another three races will be added to the tally after Singapore in late November.

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