Toto Wolff on Hamilton equalling Michael Schumacher’s record

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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff reminisces about meeting Michael Schumacher and talks about Lewis Hamilton equalling his record.

At the Russian Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton had his first opportunity to equal Michael Schumacher’s most careers win record. Things didn’t go according to plan, but it is only a matter of time before he beats and eventually surpasses the great German.

“I admire Michael’s achievements so much,” Toto Wolff told Sky Sports F1.

“He has his print over a generation of drivers – for 10 years it was the Michael Schumacher era.

“I remember when I met him for the first time it was on a flight to Singapore and he invited me to play backgammon.


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“I think I consider myself a good backgammon player but I was so starstruck that I lost the first two games and thought ‘he’s going to think I’m an idiot’, but I just couldn’t believe I was sitting opposite Michael who had won 90-odd races and seven World Championships.

“So in a way I miss him, although I have never known him properly, because I think I would have had good exchanges with him.

“Lewis would never have dreamed of achieving 91 wins or having a similar career like Michael and certainly for a driver it must be very emotional.

“If he can do it, it will be overwhelming to be on the same level as the greatest driver of all time,” concluded the Austrian.

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