How Two Men Played an Immense Role in Pulling a Staggering 14 F1 Titles Out of Schumacher & Hamilton

Published 09/18/2021, 3:30 PM EDT
MONTE CARLO, MONACO – MAY 23: Lewis Hamilton (R) of Great Britain and McLaren listens as Michael Schumacher (L) of Germany and Mercedes GP talks at the drivers press conference during previews to the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit on May 23, 2012 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)


In the last 71 years, F1 has witnessed two drivers hit an unmatchable performance peak – Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton; the duo together share a total of 14 world championship titles, comprising 330 podiums, including 190 race wins.

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And this has often led to debates between Hamilton and Schumacher over who the real GOAT is. But let’s set those discussions aside and focus on a mind-blowing similarity the two share among each other.

Both Hamilton and Schumacher have enjoyed a fair share of support from two of the game-changing contributors to Formula 1 – Niki Lauda and Ross Brawn.

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Ross Brawn’s contribution to Hamilton & Schumacher

Let’s start with the latter first, the mastermind that built a one-off championship-winning team, Brawn GP. Prior to the 2009 success, Brawn had a staggering relationship with Schumacher. One can even reckon he’d own the right to share half of the German’s F1 success.

The two together created history with Ferrari, hardly a few years after the Benetton triumph in 1994 and 1995. Brawn traveled with Schumacher until the latter’s initial retirement announcement in 2006.

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)

Now, looking at Hamilton, of course, the support he received from Brawn wasn’t as immense as it was with Schumacher. However, Brawn indirectly played a crucial role in the Briton’s glory in 2014 and in the successive years.

Despite selling his attractive White-Green outfit to Daimler, Brawn remained with Mercedes until 2013, chipping in much-needed inputs to set the team up with a sturdy base.

Lauda’s masterstroke with Michael Schumacher & Lewis Hamilton

Now onto Lauda. We all know the kind of role Lauda played in convincing Hamilton to quit what was then a championship-winning McLaren and join a rather struggling Mercedes. Well, that aged quite well.

The Austrian had the brains to foresee a team’s future, and he did it perfectly with Hamilton. If not for the late world champion, Hamilton’s 2010s could have been a turmoil.

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Now, one might wonder how Lauda influenced Schumacher. In the latest documentary film, Schumacher, it is shown that Lauda was the reason behind Schumacher’s move from Benetton to Ferrari in 1996.

AUSTIN, TX – Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes and Great Britain and Niki Lauda of Germany and Mercedes during the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Peter J Fox/Getty Images)

And it initially would have looked like Lauda’s assessment was all wrong, as Schumacher was hardly ending Ferrari’s drought. The wait was longer than expected, but once the German broke the shackles in 2000, what followed was raining championship titles for the Italian outfit.

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Overall, the combination of Lauda and Brawn arguably led to the record-breaking success of Hamilton and Schumacher. Now, with Lauda no more, and Brawn quitting from F1, will a rising F1 driver ever enjoy such an immense influence in a bid to break such mountainous records?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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