Lewis Hamilton acknowledges the significance of matching Michael Schumacher’s record, but finds “the message that it sends to people” to be more important.
At the Turkish Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton looks almost certain to match Michael Schumacher’s seven world titles record. At the Thursday press conference the Briton was asked what the accomplishment would mean too him.
“I think the numbers and the figures and the titles and all that stuff, it perhaps appears to mean more from the outside,” said the Briton.
“Watching the TV and watching Michael get the seventh and being like, ‘wow, that’s seven’. But when you’re in it, it’s different.
“We’re going to continue to fight for more championships, we’re going to continue to try and improve and continue to race and do what we love doing.
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“What’s important is that journey this year has been combined with the fight for equality and a real growing process this year of learning what’s happening around the world and being a little bit more aware of surroundings and starting to see progress with that.
“Naturally, matching an icon like Michael, I’d be incredibly proud of that.
“But I think it’s more the message that it sends hopefully to people – not just kids but hopefully mostly kids because they’re the future – that you have to dream bigger than you think you can dream and don’t let anyone tell you you can’t go for that,” concluded Hamilton.