F1 »

Schumi admits Hamilton could beat his record.

Michael Schumacher has reflected that Lewis Hamilton possesses the potential to go on and overtake his tally of seven world championship crowns in Formula 1 and become the most successful driver in the sport's history – even though the McLaren-Mercedes star has yet to even claim his first.

Regardless of where Ferrari rival Felipe Massa finishes, Hamilton needs to take the chequered flag in just fifth place or better to clinch the 2008 laurels in the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos this weekend – a circuit at which Schumacher four times triumphed and on six further occasions stood up on the podium.

The legendary German won a staggering 91 races over the course of his tremendously successful – if highly controversial – career in the top flight from 1991 to 2006, but he concedes that his records are merely a target, and as such 'there to be beaten'.

“I would say, absolutely, yes,” the 39-year-old replied when asked on BBC programme Inside Sport whether he believed Hamilton could ultimately claim more titles than he did. “Nobody thought, even me, that I could beat [Juan-Manuel] Fangio – then I did. Records are there to be beaten.

“It might be someone of the current or of the future that could or will do it, but I've got no problem about it. I'm quite relaxed that one day it will happen – whether it's Lewis, whether it's Massa, or whoever.”

Whilst making a point of professing his admiration for Massa – his team-mate at Ferrari in his final season in 2006, and a driver to whom he is now something of a mentor at the Scuderia – Schumacher admitted that he could not fail to have been impressed by Hamilton's scintillating performances that have taken the sport by storm since the 23-year-old made his F1 debut in the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne only 19 months ago.

“When you think about what he has done in such a short time, just arriving and competing last year with [Fernando] Alonso and being very often quicker, that talks for itself,” the man from Kerpen underlined.

“Is he the best? Is he not the best? Is he better than Felipe Massa or not? You look at the circumstances; it is not always very straightforward or clear to understand from the outside.”


Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Michael Schumacher (GER), European F1 Grand Prix, Nurburgring, 20th-22nd, July, 2007
25.06.2017 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
25.06.2017 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
25.06.2017 - Race, The race stopped, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren MCL32 and the Safety car
25.06.2017 - Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
25.06.2017 - Race, The Safety car and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
25.06.2017 - Race, Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12 and Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren MCL32
25.06.2017 - Race, Esteban Ocon (FRA) Sahara Force India F1 VJM10 and Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams FW40
25.06.2017 - Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM010 and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
25.06.2017 - Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08 and the Safety car
25.06.2017 - Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren MCL32 and Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C36
25.06.2017 - Race, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
25.06.2017 - Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren MCL32 and 3rd place Lance Stroll (CDN) Williams FW40
25.06.2017 - Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
25.06.2017 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
25.06.2017 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H
25.06.2017 - Race, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W08
25.06.2017 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


brendan - Unregistered

October 29, 2008 8:36 PM

i agree rich. tho i think fernando is similar to prost in a way. his 2 world titles were down to smart consistant driving. bit like prost. i think out of todays drivers fernando is the smartest thinkker at the wheel, lewis the most agressive + attacking (in a good way). and vettel has great potential.



© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.