Yesterday, Lewis Hamilton scooped a sixth world championship title, the Mercedes driver statistically now second only to Michael Schumacher in terms of Formula 1 titles won.

What’s more, there are several areas that he already eclipses Schumacher: wins percentage (33.5% of races vs 30%) and pole positions (87 vs 68) stand out, although he still needs to win nine more races to eclipse his victory tally.

Detractors suggest that these statistics just highlight how dominant the Mercedes team has been, but let’s not forget that in a 12-year career only two team-mates have out-scored him over a season (Jenson Button in 2011 and Nico Rosberg in 2016) and that Mercedes’s era of dominance coincided with the arrival of the Briton at the squad, suggesting he has had an input on that level too.