After equalling Michael Schumacher’s 91 race wins record, Lewis Hamilton says he doesn’t feel any relief and needs to focus on winning the championship.
At the post race press conference Hamilton was asked if, now that he equalled Schumacher’s record, he feels a sense of relief.
“Hopefully you know me well enough by now to know that I never do,” said the Briton.
“I think it definitely doesn’t feel like a relief. I think… I don’t know why. It doesn’t feel that way at all. I think I just feel very…
“I’m just thinking about all the people that have helped me get to this place. If you see on the podium with me, Stevo [Stephen Lord, Race Team Coordinator] had been with me every single race in Formula 1.
“He moved with me from McLaren to Mercedes and he’s been with me through every single one of those 91 wins, which is… the journey that you go on with so many people is what really matters and what really counts.
“Of course the number is great but I think what we collectively have done, I’m just unbelievably grateful to Mercedes for giving a young black boy a chance when I was 13 years old and supporting me all the way.
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However the six-time champion says there’s no time to rest on his laurels, as the championship is not won yet.
“Of course we still have many races to go. I think Red Bull as well as Renault have really picked-up their game and closed the gap so we’ve got to continue to keep our heads down.
“I definitely didn’t think coming into this weekend that I would have the lead that I now have.
“Valtteri [Bottas] was incredibly unlucky today – I don’t know exactly what happened. I’m grateful that I got to have that bit of a fight with him on the track but I know that he will [continue to challenge Hamilton].
“So many different things in this crazy pandemic can still happen so I’ve got to focus on staying healthy and continue to try to deliver weekends like this one,” concluded Hamilton.