Hamilton wants to get "close" to Schumacher's records

Ruben Hill
November 8, 2018

Newly-crowned five-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has targeted at least getting "close" to Michael Schumacher's all-time records over the remainder of his career.

While Hamilton has already clinched the individual title, his Mercedes team is still fighting with Ferrari for the constructor's championship — meaning the Briton will not be able to relax just yet.

With 71 wins and 132 podiums to his name, Hamilton is zeroing in on the German's win (91) and podium (155) records, having long surpassed Schumacher's pole record.

The 33-year-old Hamilton wrapped up this year's title at the Mexican Grand Prix two weeks ago and is already looking forward to the renewed challenge he will face in 2019 from a crop of young drivers who will only get better.

"I was just really not trying to take anything for granted", said Hamilton.

"I've had some great battles and overtakes there and I'm hoping for another exciting race".

"I knew I could, but I wanted to prove it".

Lewis Hamilton has confessed that, although it would be very hard to imagine himself performing for another team apart from Mercedes for the remainder of his career, he won't rule out a move to Ferrari, saying he would "never say never" to the switch. Now it is a little different for me, I am one of the older drivers.

"I've never, ever personally classified myself as the best", Lewis Hamilton said.

"Michael's still quite far ahead in race wins so you can have to say he is still the GOAT [greatest of all time]", said Hamilton.

Hamilton didn't stop there as he also described Fangio as the "Godfather" of the race track.

"To do what he did at that time, when everything was so risky, my respect is so high for him. But I feel like I still have that hunger they are coming in with".

"Naturally people will have opinions for and against things that you do but one thing for me is that all of you will know - and I don't do everything perfectly, and I don't always say the right things, but one thing I do do is I do me".

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