Haug says Hamilton’s success is “extraordinarily remarkable”

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Former Mercedes Motorsport boss Norbert Haug says Lewis Hamilton’s Formula 1 record is “extraordinarily remarkable”, as the Briton has won “almost every third race” he has raced in.

Norbert Haug has been the head of Mercedes Motorsport since the days of McLaren Mercedes, and was the one in charge when the manufacturer made its return to Formula 1 as a works team in 2010.

The German had the opportunity to follow Lewis Hamilton’s career up close and personal since his debut with McLaren. This means he is in a good position to give his opinion on the Briton’s unprecedented achievements.

“Lewis has achieved his 100 wins in 15 years and in 281 world championship appearances,” Haug told Servus TV.

“So on average he has won almost every third race. Even if he often had the best car in the process: that’s extraordinarily remarkable.

“Ten years ago nobody would have thought that Michael Schumacher’s record would ever be overtaken or broken.”

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However, Haug admits Lewis is facing a tough challenge from Max Verstappen this year.

“These guys believe in themselves strongly. If one driver doubts himself, there are immediately opportunities for the other.

“The real top drivers like Hamilton and Verstappen both have that absolute confidence: nobody beats me.”

Still, the German says Lewis has shown in the past that he can go toe to toe with anyone.

“The best example was set by Fernando Alonso. He just couldn’t imagine that a rookie would immediately drive as fast as a two-time world champion.

“But with Lewis it was like that at the time,” concluded Haug.

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