F1 Throwback: Michael Schumacher’s Incredible Humility Amid Demands of Hamilton Duel

Published 04/12/2021, 7:34 AM EDT
Michael Schumacher, Grand Prix of Hungary, Hungaroring, 19 August 2001. Michael Schumacher ecstatic after his victory in the 2001 Hungarian Grand Prix . (Photo by Paul-Henri Cahier/Getty Images)


Michael Schumacher is regarded as one of the best drivers in Formula One. However, having won seven world titles, Schumacher is still humble and stated he never considered himself to be the best.

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Schumacher had a remarkable career in Formula One, having started his career with Jordan, and ending it with Mercedes. The German won his first championship with Benetton and his last one with Ferrari back in 2004.

In 2010, he announced his return to the world of F1 with Mercedes. He partnered with Nico Rosberg for two seasons before going back into retirement.

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Michael Schumacher doesn’t see himself as one of the best

Being asked if he was the best, having his name on the trophy, Schumacher replied, “I know, I know, but I always try to reward everybody that participated. Can you give me an example where I mentioned, I said, I was the best driver. The point is, I never said and never thought I was and I will be.”

Being told that facts point to say he was the best, he commented, “That is another story, but it will be facts until the next one beats the record and they think he would have been much better. And you see a lot of people now go and talk about, I should come back and I should race Lewis Hamilton, we will see then who’s the better one .”

“But what does it make, because you see,  you have to live in your time and you have to do what you think is correct and achieve what you can achieve in your time,” Schumacher concluded.

Lewis Hamilton sets his eyes on the eighth championship

The Mercedes driver is the reigning world champion. Hamilton equaled Michael’s record last season and hopes to set his own this year. The Knight already had his first win of the season in the opening race in Bahrain.

The British driver sits on top of the driver’s standings with Red Bull’s Verstappen in second place. The next round takes the grid to Imola for the Italian Grand Prix. Can Lewis bag another win for the Brackley-based squad? We shall soon find out.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the race on the podium with the trophy Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

Do you think Lewis can achieve his eighth title this season with Mercedes, or will Red Bull’s Verstappen find the pace and make the gap to him and steal his limelight? The season just got started, but do you think Max has what it takes to beat Lewis? Let us know 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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