Why Hamilton’s legacy already outweighs Schumacher’s

Lewis Hamilton still needs to add another Formula 1 world title to his tally to match Michael Schumacher, but his legacy may already be that of the greatest F1 driver ever.

When Lewis Hamilton sealed his sixth world drivers’ championship at last year’s United States Grand Prix, he was asked what he thought about the prospect of equalling Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of seven. “It is all about how you position your thought process,” Hamilton said. “I have always said reaching Michael’s [tally] was never a target for me. I am not really one to think of records and those kinds of things.

“I definitely thought getting anywhere near Michael was so far-fetched. And I remember having my one [championship] for a long period of time, then getting a second one. It was so far away and now it seems so close, yet it is so far away that I still can’t really even comprehend.

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