Lewis Hamilton became only the third driver in history to accumulate 50 grand prix wins by taking the chequered flag in Austin on Sunday, clawing back seven points from his deficit to Nico Rosberg in what is now a desperate bid to secure a fourth world title.
The Mercedes driver has sat third on the all-time win list since surpassing Sebastian Vettel’s current tally of 42 last season – also at the US GP – but this latest triumph leaves him just one win shy of Alain Prost in second place.
After that only seven-time champion Michael Schumacher ranks above the Frenchman, although his total of 91 victories remains well out of Hamilton’s reach, for the time being at least.
Having scored 22 wins with McLaren in the first six years of his career, the following four campaigns with the Silver Arrows have yielded a further 28, giving Hamilton an overall win rate of 27.03 per cent.
In his respect he is the seventh most successful F1 driver ever, although Juan Manuel Fangio (46.15 per cent), Alberto Ascari (39.39 per cent), Jim Clark (34.25 per cent), Lee Wallard and Bill Vukovich (both 33.33 per cent) entered fewer races combined than Hamilton has in total to date. Make of that what you will.
Numbers aside Hamilton is widely regarded as one of the quickest drivers to ever grace the sport, although his temperament has cost him dearly in the past. There’s no doubt that he drifts in and out of form, but when he’s really on his game, there are few that can reach his level.
Here are ten occasions when he was at his absolute best…