Lewis Hamilton: Mercedes star explains Michael Schumacher thoughts before matching record

Lewis Hamilton reveals abuse he received when he was younger

Lewis Hamilton has admitted the enormity of matching Michael Schumacher’s record of seven F1 Drivers’ Championships dawned on him just before his triumph at the Turkish Grand Prix. The Brit drew level with the Ferrari icon in 2020. And he’ll be out to better the German’s record this year, with the 35-year-old showing no signs of slowing down.

Hamilton and Schumacher now have 14 titles between them.

The Brit has come a long way since starting out at McLaren and, with a new contract with Mercedes in the works, he’s expected to put pen to paper on an extension soon.

And Hamilton, speaking to GPfans, has admitted he was overcome with emotion shortly before racking up another win in Turkey.

He said: “Three laps to the end, all of a sudden [I was] realising ‘Oh my God, there’s three laps. If I finish this off I’m going to be a seven-time world champion’.

“That was mind-blowing that experience.

“I couldn’t believe that it just happened after years and years and years of questioning and doubting and not sure whether it was going to happen.

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“Just flipping that negativity into positivity each time but never knowing if it’s going to work and then I made it, so it was a real confirmation of that belief that I’ve had in myself for a long time.”

Hamilton labelled the race as ‘amazing’, adding: “It was an amazing race.

“I remember the weekend, just the track feeling terrible to drive for all of us.

“We couldn’t get the tyres working, everyone was sliding around – it was the slipperiest surface we had ever been on because the tyre wasn’t working with the track.

“It was like driving around on cold tyres.

“It was extremely strange and the race itself, obviously, we weren’t quick in qualifying, we struggled.

“We didn’t really know how we would do in the race. Some corners were wet, some were damp, and some, one wheel’s worth was dry. Navigating the lap was awesome.”

Meanwhile, Sky Sports’ Martin Brundle recently expressed a belief that Hamilton will call time on his F1 career at the right time – unlike Schumacher.

“My gut feeling is he’ll stop a year early rather than a year late,” he said.

“He’s not going to hang on until the bitter end for a few more dollars, or just to be a Formula 1 driver, and nor will he need to.

“He’s obviously got other ambitions in his life, but I can’t imagine why he would stop in the next five years, or certainly three. Why would he?”

Brundle can’t see any signs of deterioration in Hamilton, saying: “His eyesight, his reactions, nothing has fallen away.

“If you’re going to start fading, you’re on a gentle slope. And he doesn’t appear to have started that slope yet.

“Michael was in his 40s when he retired and he started making a lot of mistakes, and most of us did – you start having crashes at the end and you don’t know why that happened. That’s what it looks like Sebastian is to me, right now.

“Lewis has not got to that point, and nothing has been his match.”

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