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Michael Schumacher ‘would have been proud’ of Lewis Hamilton for matching F1 titles record

Michael Schumacher says he 'never felt good enough' in 2013

Michael Schumacher would have been proud to see Lewis Hamilton match his record of seven F1 Drivers’ Championships in 2020, Martin Brundle believes. The Brit achieved the feat in 2020, making Formula One history in the process. And with a new Mercedes contract in the works, it appears he’s now eager to move out in front.

Hamilton won the title at the Turkish Grand Prix back in November, matching Schumacher in the process.

And Brundle, speaking to Sky Sports, has hailed the 35-year-old for both that performance and for winning the title again.

“Where do you start? It has been one of the most remarkable seasons I’ve ever experienced in 37 years of this business,” he said when asked to pick a highlight.

“But I’ve gone for Lewis Hamilton winning the Turkish GP, in great style.

“He did not have the fastest car on the track in that day in history yet lapped his team-mate and won by half a minute in treacherous conditions when people couldn’t find any grip.

“That, of course, meant he matched the great Michael Schumacher’s tally of seven Formula 1 world championships, in a style in which Michael would have been very proud and very impressed by.”

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Hamilton may have his eyes on another F1 title, but he’s also revealed he’s looking to balance other projects at the same time.

The Brit has been vocal in his calls for more diversity within the sport, while he’s pursuing a new adventure in Electric E.

And Hamilton recently said: “I’m trying to find a balance.

“I like to live life day-by-day because you just never know when your days are up.

“And I’ve had people pass in my life who have said ‘I was planning to do this and that and I ran out of time’. This year, I’d say more so than ever, there’s been a huge focus on the present.

“However, yeah, I generally like to be forward-thinking – I’m so excited about what the future holds. But also, as I get older, I’m aware things take so much time to put in place.

“So if there’s something I want to do, some things could take five to 10 years, maybe even more – I need to make sure I’m trying to strategically put the foundations in place now. But at the same time, [I’m] being present.

“I love my job, I love racing. [Even during] this difficult time, communicating with engineers and really trying to pick up on the nuances of what makes my sport and the technology we work with move.

“Everyone’s on high alert with this whole COVID [thing] – the whole working environment has shifted. But at the core of it is racing, which we all love. And I’m so grateful I get to do that.”

Meanwhile, regarding Schumacher, Ross Brawn recently claimed ‘no one knows how much he understands’.

The F1 legend’s current situation remains unknown, with the German continuing to recover from a tragic skiing accident in 2013.

Only doctors, family and close friends have been able to visit the German, who is recovering at home in Glad, Switzerland.

And Brawn is hoping Schumacher will be able to follow the progress of his son Mick, saying: “Obviously it’s going to be exciting particularly with Mick coming in, which I have a lot of enthusiasm and passion for.

“So that’s going to be good.

“And I think it reminds us of the tragedy of Michael’s accident, because, how wonderful it would have been if Michael was able to participate in that.

“I mean, none of us know how much Michael is able to understand. But if he’d been part of that – and let’s hope and pray that one day, he might be – that would be very, very special.”

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