The 2020 Formula One season officially kicks off in Melbourne this week - and it is a campaign which could be a record-breaking one for reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton.
Already a six-time Drivers' Championship winner, Hamilton will be gunning for a seventh overall triumph as he bids to take his fourth successive title.
As if that were not impressive enough, the Mercedes man also has the opportunity to seize a number of F1 records this season.
A seventh world crown for Hamilton this time around would equal the record of legendary champion Michael Schumacher - and whilst the 35-year-old Brit cannot overtake Schumacher's championship tally this term, he should surpass several other records currently held by the German great.
Per beyondtheflag.com, Hamilton needs just eight race victories this season to become the driver with the most race wins in history (Schumacher holds 91 to Hamiton's current total of 84). Given that Hamilton has not failed to win less than nine races in a season in his last six seasons, this record looks exceptionally likely to be broken.
It is a similar story when it comes to all-time podium finishes, where Hamilton needs just five further top-three finishes to eclipse Schumacher. The same can be said for Schumacher's record for all-time points finishes, a statistical category in which Hamilton trails his nearest rival's total of 221 by just nine.
In view of Hamilton's recent form, each of the above records would seem to be readily in reach for Hamilton before the end of the upcoming season.
These, though, do not complete the list of all-time records that Hamilton could wrestle from Schumacher this term.
Since joining Mercedes in 2013, Hamilton has won a total 63 races. This means that he is just 10 victories away from surpassing Schumacher's record of wins with a single team - Schumacher having clocked up 72 wins with Ferrari during his astounding tenure with the Italian side.
Hamilton's first record-breaking effort of the season could come as soon as this weekend in Australia - as he currently find himself in a three-way tie for most pole positions achieved at a single venue. Hamilton's currently tied with both Schumacher and Ayrton Senna on eight - but could claim his ninth pole position at the Australian Grand Prix, seizing that record in the process.
A particularly dominant season for Hamilton could see him claim further accolades.
The record for most hattricks (where a driver claims pole position, win and fastest lap in the same race) would be within reach if Hamilton can pull the feat off at least eight times this campaign.
Hamilton could also usurp Schumacher in the categories off most laps led and most races won at a single venue - although these would seem to be less likely than some of the examples given above.
It is undeniable that Hamilton is an exceptional driver. It is also true, however, that sport fans tend generally to appreciate a competitor's accomplishments to a greater degree once they have left the their particular sport.
Schumacher is indeed a legend, but it is hard to argue that Hamilton is far behind him in terms of greatness. This coming season looks set to be a historical one for F1 fans.
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