Ex-McLaren F1 Engineer Makes a Startling Revelation About Hamilton’s Mindset on Schumacher’s Record

Published 07/09/2021, 8:51 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 5, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton reacts after qualifying in second position Pool via REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov


Lewis Hamilton did what many thought was impossible, and that was to match Michael Schumacher’s seven world titles. However, Hamilton has his eyes set on holding his own record as he aims to win his eighth title this year.

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Lewis Hamilton has signed a two-year extension with the Brackley-based squad, which sees him compete on the grid till the end of the 2023 season.

Hence, former McLaren mechanic Marc Priestley believes that a record is in the back of Lewis’s mind, as he prepares to battle Red Bull’s Max Verstappen for the 2021 championship.

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Lewis Hamilton to set his own title record in Formula One

Speaking on the F1 live podcast, as quoted by the Express, Priestley said, “It’s looking more and more like [the world title] is going to Max Verstappen. So will Lewis settle for seven titles or will he go for that eighth? I think he wants that record.

Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – June 27, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after finishing second in the race Pool via REUTERS/Darko Vojinovic

“Lewis can say he doesn’t care about records, but I’ve worked with him and know that’s not the case. Those records are in his head, and I think he wants this one,” he concluded.

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Can Lewis regain the lead in the title race?

The Knight has won just three of the races so far this season, while his arch-rival, Verstappen has won five of them. Hence, Hamilton lost the lead in the driver’s standings to Dutchman and currently on his tail in second place.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 2, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during practice REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Verstappen has 182 points under his belt, while Hamilton just has  150; the 32-points gap that currently exists between the two, is something Hamilton is hoping to bridge. While Verstappen is hoping to extend his lead and claim his first-ever Formula One title.

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The upcoming race is the British Grand Prix at Silverstone- Hamilton’s home race; he will hope to deliver for Mercedes by getting a win in front of his home crowd with the intention of closing the gap to the Red Bull prodigy.

Do you think the number 44 driver will find the edge on Verstappen and regain the lead in the championship and claim his eighth? Do let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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