Lewis Hamilton says he is not “chasing” Michael Schumacher’s records, despite being on the verge of breaking a lot of them in 2020.
Lewis Hamilton could equal Michael Schumacher’s record of seven world titles and break the record for most race wins, most podium finishes and most points finishes, while he already equalled the German’s record for most race wins at a single circuit.
However Hamilton says breaking records is not his priority.
“Honestly, and I keep saying it, it’s not something I think about or what my priorities are,” said Hamilton.
“It’s never really on my list of priorities. When I was younger I loved Ayrton Senna and it was like one day I wanted to do something like him.
“I remember growing up watching Ayrton and Michael’s careers, and his successes. I dreamed great like every child, but I never expected to achieve 90 victories in a million years.
“It would have been foolish to believe that I could, to win all these races, and to do it at a time when I am one of the few people of colour in the sport – with everything that is happening in the world.
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“It’s strange to me. I remember sitting on the other side of the television and watching Michael win all his races and now I am here.
“I’m not chasing him, but I’m getting closer to the number of victories he has won. I’ve won a lot, but I haven’t won as much as Michael.
“It reminds me of the dominance and excellence he showed for so long and I can understand the position he was in.
“I understand the pressure he was under”, concluded the six-time champion.