Michael Schumacher is still recovering from his life-threatening accident from 7 years ago. Even though he’s no longer part of the grid, he still lives on in the minds and hearts of everyone in the F1 paddock. On the occasion of his 52nd birthday on January 3, Lewis Hamilton, a lifelong Schumacher fan, took to Twitter to wish him.
While he was recovering from his accident, F1 proceeded as usual. Taking over the Rhinelander’s cockpit, Lewis Hamilton paced ahead to make history. Mercedes and the Briton went on to bag seven constructors’ titles and continue to dominate the grid.
The lad from Stevenage, like many in the realm of F1, has always been verbose about how he looks up to Schumacher. Moreover, he took over the German’s seat upon his departure from the sport and recently equaled his record of seven world championships.
Thus, on the occasion of his birthday, Lewis could not forget an F1 legend and his predecessor. A heartwarming tweet with a picture of him and Schumacher will melt hearts in the paddock.
Several other notable figures from F1 wished him, including Jenson Button and Scuderia Ferrari.
The Brit faced severe criticism once he broke Schumacher’s records. F1 pundits credited his car for the wins and not the pilot himself. Darted with misplaced criticism, they left Lewis Hamilton puzzled about his achievements. However, his dilemma was soon clarified by others in the F1 circus.
Several former pilots in F1 came ahead in the defense of the Mercedes champion. They pointed out that although the car is one great advantage for the Brit, he is the one who races it past the checkered line. Therefore, there shall be no doubt or confusion regarding the mettle of the champion.
Several others had also highlighted that if Schumacher were in a state to come to visit the races, he would also have been proud of Lewis Hamilton. After grabbing his seventh championship at Istanbul Park, the 35-year-old could not hold back his tears. It was emotional seeing him finally reach his goal after all these years of hard work.
Lewis Hamilton is yet to be done with his F1 career. Even though he is five years away from reaching the mid-life mark in his life, he is still as fit as a fiddle. With an aim of setting his own record of eight drivers’ championships, the Briton gears up for another battle in the new era of motorsports from 2021.