I Don’t Want Hamilton to Break Michael Schumacher’s F1 Record: Vettel Supporting Verstappen in 2021 Title Race

Published 07/31/2021, 2:49 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 15, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


For many in the world of F1, Michael Schumacher is their hero, and Sebastian Vettel is no different. The latter grew up idolizing him, and he was more of a friend to Seb on the grid than a rival. The two got along quite well, as Schumacher was a mentor to young Vettel. Hence, the four-times world champion has massive respect for his fellow countryman.

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So, as the Max Verstappen-Lewis Hamilton rivalry intensifies, Vettel sides with the Red Bull prodigy for winning the title. He wants no one to break his idol’s record of seven world titles, but will still hold high regard for Hamilton if he manages to do so.

Sebastian Vettel puts his money on Max Verstappen for winning the title

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Britain’s Knight equaled Schumi‘s title record last year and now is gunning for his eighth championship. However, his arch-rival, Verstappen currently leads the championship, and Vettel is relying on the Dutch driver to stop Hamilton from breaking Michael’s record.

Speaking to Bild, “I would be happy if Max wins the world title this year. That would mean that Michael Schumacher would keep his record of seven titles. Michael is my hero, as everyone knows, and that’s why I would be happy if Max makes it. “

Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – FIA Press Conference – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 17, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

And while he will be disappointed if Hamilton manages to set a new record,  he will still Lewis in high regard. Vettel said, “One thing is clear to me: If Lewis makes it and gets his eighth title, then he deserves our full respect.” (Translated using Google Translate)

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How long can Vettel hope that the record of Schumacher stays intact?

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Records are meant to be broken. Many believed that it was impossible to replicate what Schumacher did in F1, but Hamilton has certainly proved them wrong. The Mercedes driver has seven world titles under his belt, and recently signed a two-year contract with Mercedes with the aiming of setting his own record in the sport.

Formula One F1 – Formula One – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 3, 2021 Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Francois Nel

However, Hamilton knows the fight for the title is getting tougher, as Verstappen is proving to be a bigger thorn in his side than ever before. Still, the number 44 driver has faith in himself and knows he can come out on top holding the title.

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Do you think Lewis will set a new record this year? Or will Max stop the Mercedes driver from claiming his eighth, fulfilling Vettel’s wish? Let us know your predictions in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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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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