This year, Lewis equaled the number of titles with Michael Schumacher. His former team-mate has no doubts that Hamilton will set a new record next season …
Jenson Button “Lewis was always very fast. But in Turkey depended on strategy more than overtaking – and Lewis found how to work with tires on a drying track, due to which he turned out to be stronger. Hamilton thinks strategically during the race, which is why he became as we know him, winning seven titles – an outstanding achievement.
Lewis has always had talent and amazing speed. When we played together, I was always inferior to him in speed. But in the race I was able to get ahead of him – due to the strategy, in which he was then not so strong. Lewis is constantly learning and has learned a lot over the years. I am impressed that he has won so many titles.
Nothing motivates you like winning. Drivers have a long career in Formula 1 and if they win they keep racing. When you fail to win, it becomes much more difficult – it is at this point that the career usually ends.
I don’t think Lewis will retire soon. He wants to break the record for the number of titles. I’m sure he’ll love it. Racers always say that they don’t pay attention to numbers and don’t compare anyone, but when you have the same number of titles as Michael Schumacher, such comparisons are inevitable.
Lewis and Michael are outstanding personalities, not alike in character or driving style, but they are both incredibly talented. Now Lewis is in the right team – this is where he can surpass Michael’s record, and I assume that this will happen next year.
In 2022, the regulations will change – and the races will become really interesting. I wonder what the future holds for Lewis and Mercedes. I hope that in two years the rest of the teams will be able to impose the fight on Mercedes – then the sport will be better, and Lewis will be able to enjoy the fight against rivals like Max Verstappen, Charles Leclair and Daniel Riccardo. This is what sport needs – the fight for victory. “