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Hamilton aiming to get 'close' to Schumacher's records

  • Published on 04 Nov 2018 14:10
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Lewis Hamilton says that he wants to get close to Michael Schumacher's records in Formula 1 before he calls it a day on his career. The Briton wrapped up his fifth world title last weekend in Mexico, drawing level with Juan Manuel Fangio.

The Mercedes driver is two titles behind Schumacher's record of seven titles and 20 victories behind the German. Hamilton signed a new deal with Mercedes last season that ties him to the Silver Arrows until the end of the 2020 season.

“I was just really not trying to take anything for granted,” said Hamilton. “The way I’ve always approached it is I’ve just been really thankful for the ones I have. I’m very, very fortunate to be up here now, obviously with more than most people have, and I don’t take that for granted.

“Whether or not I’m going to have the chance to win more, who knows? I’m going to give it everything to do so. The 91 wins that he [Schumacher] has, for example, that’s a lot of wins. There’s still a long way to go but I’m here for a few more years, so I’m hoping that I can at least get close.”

Hamilton is also 23 podium finishes behind Schumacher's record of 155. Despite closing in on the former Ferrari driver's records, Hamilton says that he could never classify himself as the greatest the sport has seen.

“Michael’s still quite far ahead in race wins so you can have to say he is still the greatest of all time, said Hamilton. "Fangio, I think, is the godfather and always will be, from a driver’s perspective. To do what he did at that time, when everything was so dangerous, my respect is so high for him.

"I feel very honoured to have my name alongside his. If I stopped today, the Hamilton name will always be there. I feel like I’m still driving with that fierce fire that I had when I was eight years old, which I love.”

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  • Michael had a very dominating car in 2002 and 2004, Lewis has had one for four years.. of course he's close, who wouldn't be in a car that's so dominant for so long with a teammate who is nothing but a wingman to let him past?

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    • Nov 4 2018 - 16:12
  • sadosalo

    Posts: 198

    Please most F1 fans hope for Ferrari/Vettel/LeClerc a better year in 2019, yes i know lots of mistakes from both the drivers and the team. Mercedes is as a team is more grundlich as we all know. Hamilton could not beat Button nor Rosberg but now with Bottas he is the man LOL and boy he let us know LOL a model/musician/Vegan/God.
    VER will beat them all if the Honda perform's, now this guy is the very top like Senna.

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    • Nov 5 2018 - 03:31
  • blade

    Posts: 341

    And when Michael didn't have the dominating car he would try to ram his opponents off the track...... He cannot be considered the greatest imo just because of stats, it's the human qualities, the sense of fair play.....he was lacking in this space.

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    • Nov 5 2018 - 16:59

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