As a four-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton may not be feeling the need or desire to match or beat Michael Schumacher’s world titles but Maybe matching Fangio would suffice?
“I can’t see it at the moment,” said Hamilton, who at 32 is the same age Schumacher was when he claimed his fourth title. “Four more? It’s taken me 10 years to achieve these four… I don’t know – I still don’t currently have that desire to match it.”
Hamilton would match Fangio with one more championship and be right behind Schumacher for most tiles ever won in Formula 1.
“Matching Fangio could be quite cool,” offered Hamilton, “and being that I’m going to be here for at least another couple of years, that’s my goal – to at least try to get that.”
Seven is a lot and it depends on a lot to be honest. Will he stay with Mercedes for three to four more years? Will Mercedes continue to dominate F1 or at least have a race-winning car? Many factors that make up your chance for success.
In the end, I think if Lewis decided to stop tomorrow, he’s made an incredibly big mark on F1 as one of the greats and would have nothing to regret in my opinion. Lewis has achieved a lot in the sport and broken his fair share of records already. For Lewis, title count doesn’t define him.
“I don’t think the amount of titles that I have, when I’m older and I look back, I don’t think that’s really going to define who I am as a driver.
“I think how I’ve worked with the team, how I’ve driven the car, how every time I drive a car I extract it [performance], that for me is what I feel inside defines me.”
I agree with that. I think we can all point to drivers who have made big impacts, been considered some of the greatest and yet haven’t reached the record-breaking totals of Schumacher.
Moss, Senna, Prost, Rindt, Stewart, Clark, Alonso, Vettel, Hunt et. al. Many names come to mind and I think for most F1 fans, Hamilton will be right there with them.
Hat Tip: F1.com