Ex-F1 driver turned pundit Martin Brundle wouldn’t be surprised to see Lewis Hamilton win ten World Championships.
The Briton is now well on course to become the most successful driver Formula 1 has ever seen.
— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) October 25, 2020
Brundle described Hamilton’s success as “relentless” and said it was a “privilege” to witness it.
“I’m not sure we ever thought anybody would approach yet alone surpass Michael Schumacher’s tally of 91 victories,” he said as part of an interview with Sky Sports.
“It’s just relentless his success, and then it’s really a privilege to witness it at the tracks, history being made and seeing someone who you’ve known since he was 12 or 13 years old coming through and just his incredible achievements.
“And I think there’s a long way to go yet.”
So exactly where will Hamilton leave the bar in Formula 1? Could he look to secure a record eighth World Championship in 2021 and then call it a day?
Brundle doesn’t believe that will be the case and instead expects Hamilton could put as many as 10 titles on his CV.
“No, he says he’s not interested in all those league tables, but then they always do because it deflects pressure, Michael always said the same thing.” Brundle explained.
“I could see Lewis aiming at something like 10 frankly, and a long way north of 100 victories.”
Hamilton is out of contract at the end of 2020 and it’s reported that the 35-year-old wants his current £35m-per-season deal bumped up to £40 million under any fresh terms.
However, a salary cap of £22million per season could be on its way, according to a report from the Daily Mail.
The report mentions that a ‘proposal to limit the pay packets of the sport’s biggest stars to £22m — or $30m as the new regulation will be written — was even backed by Hamilton’s team principal Toto Wolff.
‘The cost-saving measure will start in 2023.’
This comes at a time when Wolff has also stated that he wouldn’t want to discuss a one-year deal with Hamilton as he instead wants everyone to focus on the team, rather than returning to negotiations again next year.