Hamilton: Closing in on record doesn’t seem real

Michelle Foster
Lewis Hamilton celebrates Tuscan GP

Lewis Hamilton celebrates Tuscan GP

Lewis Hamilton says it “doesn’t seem real” as he stands just one race away from equalling Michael Schumacher’s record for the most F1 wins.

Schumacher’s record has stood since 2006 when the German took his final race victory, taking the chequered flag at the Chinese Grand Prix with Ferrari.

The following season a young British driver arrived on the grid and no one could have predicted his success.

Now in his 14th season in Formula 1, Hamilton has slowly but surely matched and even bettered many of Schumacher’s record.

He holds the record for the most pole positions, the most podium finishes and the most kilometres led to name but a few.

At Sunday’s Tuscan Grand Prix he bagged the record for the most races finished in the points, 222, and the most consecutive points finishes, 42.

He also moved one away from matching Schumacher’s record for the most grand prix wins.

“It just doesn’t seem real,” said the Mercedes driver when asked about the all-time win record.

“Obviously it’s ultimately a privilege to be in a position and have such a great team and a car to be able to deliver weekend in, weekend out but I just feel forever grateful to the people that continue to work hard.

“I’m just a link in the chain but getting the wins is not easy when you have a great driver in Valtteri [Bottas] pushing you the limit, weekend in, weekend out.

“But I never thought that I would be here, that’s for sure.”

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Hamilton can match Schumacher’s record at the next race, the Russian Grand Prix, and is expected to beat it before the season is out.

Should that happen the 35-year-old will be a step closer to also equalling the German’s record for the most World titles.

Hamilton leads the title race by 55 points ahead of Bottas.

Schumacher wrapped up his seventh Drivers’ Championship in 2004, putting together a run of five successive titles.

Hamilton is on six and, should he secure number seven this season, it will be his fourth in a row.

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