Lewis Hamilton’s second place finish in Austin may have looked from the outside a result that was far bellow the expectations of a driver of his calibre.

On another day that may have been the case, but, on this day, it didn’t matter. The Briton sealed a sixth drivers’ championship in 2019, once again proving why he’s one of the Formula 1’s all time greats.

With 10 wins from the 19 races contested thus far, it’s been a season where Hamilton’s level of competition may have risen, but he has barely dipped.

The success sees him move clear of the great Juan Manuel Fangio’s five titles to sit second on the all-time list for most drivers’ world championships.

Now, only one driver lies in his pathway to potential greatness: Michael Schumacher. It seemed to many that Schumacher’s record was unlikely to equaled or beaten for some time, but just 15 years later it is becoming a real possibility.

For Hamilton, he can surely see an opportunity too good to resist. His contract may run out at the end of next year, but his desire to race on thereafter looks to be growing and growing.

16 years ago, Schumacher became the most successful driver in the sport’s history when he clinched a sixth drivers’ crown, eclipsing Fangio’s 46-year record.

As both sit at the very top in F1’s long line of greats, how do Hamilton and Schumacher compare as six-time world champions?

Ironically, Hamilton won this year’s championship at the same age as Schumacher was when he clinched his sixth title in 2003. At 34, and in a team that has achieved what no other team has done before, the Briton stands a very good chance of becoming the undisputed king of F1.

Here’s how Lewis Hamilton stats compares to Schumacher at the same stage of their respective careers.