Lewis Hamilton is already at the top of the Formula 1 record charts in many ways, but Michael Schumacher is still the first in the world championship titles, albeit the English driver of the Mercedes could catch up with the German legend at the Turkish Grand Prix this weekend.
At the (potential) gate of historic success, they were also asked how he felt about it.
“Winning a world title is a very personal thing. Sure, we’re fighting with a team for the title of constructor, but for the individual, it’s one person, and that doesn’t really have an impact on the lives of others. I think the much bigger thing, I’m much more proud of what I’m doing off the field, is trying to make people better around the world. Everyone has the right to equality, education, human rights, so that is the most important thing for me, ”he said in Istanbul on Thursday.
“Obviously, I’ll also be incredibly proud to catch up with a legend like Michael, but I think what’s more important here is what message it conveys to people – not just kids, but most of all, because they’re the future – , to dare to dream more than anything else, and to never believe in anyone that their goal is unattainable. ”
Hamilton, the only chaser with a huge advantage over teammate Valtteri Bottas, doesn’t even feel the pressure at the gates of the seventh title, unlike at the time…
“I remember when I first fought for the title, how the pressure increased during the races, how big it was towards the end, even though there was no need for it. If I had known what I know today, I could have won loosely, of course it is easy to be smart in retrospect. ”
“But over the years, I’ve learned not to put undue pressure on myself. We now have four more races, so I’m just trying to get the points. It doesn’t depend on a weekend, not a day. For me, the current one is just another race, I have to approach it the same way as the previous ones, it is unnecessary to do it differently. Sometimes that’s why the victory is staggering. ”
“When I won in Mexico (in 2018, for the fifth time), it suddenly hit me because I didn’t really think about it in front of it, so it hit me, I didn’t really know what to say, how I feel, because you can never know in advance that you will succeed . It’s best not to even worry about what will happen if you succeed now. I’m just focusing on getting ready the same way I always do and trying to accomplish the same way I do throughout the season. ”