Mika Häkkinen: “It’s a huge achievement for Lewis”

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Two-time Formula 1 champion Mika Häkkinen praises Lewis Hamilton’s achievements and rebuts statements that his success is due to a superior car.

At the Portuguese Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton broke the record for most Formula 1 wins. Former McLaren Mercedes driver Mika Häkkinen praises the six-time champion’s achievements.

“Lewis Hamilton’s 92nd Grand Prix victory in Sunday’s Portuguese Grand Prix takes him beyond the record which my old rival Michael Schumacher set back in 2006 and really underlines the complete dominance which Lewis and his Mercedes team have enjoyed during the hybrid-engine era of Formula 1,” the Finn wrote in his Unibet column.

“It’s a huge achievement for Lewis considering that his first victory came back in June 2007, in Canada, and to remain so competitive 13 years later is incredible.

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“I know how much effort goes into winning just one Grand Prix, so to do it 92 times is very special indeed.

“Many people point out that Lewis is driving the best car in Formula 1, but I can promise you that there is nothing easy about driving one of these complex machines at the limit, lap after lap, race after race and season after season.

“This requires mental and physical strength, focus and commitment of the kind we see across all top sports people – not only Formula 1 – and to find a way to repeat that for 13 years deserves a lot of appreciation,” concluded Häkkinen.

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