Lewis Hamilton has surely done it, and this time around he has even surpassed the legendary Michael Schumacher after he broke the record of the highest career victories last month and went ahead to claim his 7th F1 championship title.
The 35-year-old Briton’s victory during Sunday’s Turkish Grand Prix sealed his name in the record books as the most successful racing driver in history, describing the achievement as the ‘pinnacle of his life’.
Apart from winning his 7th drivers title, Hamilton also pledged to continue racing in Formula 1 and keep up his fight for equality and sustainability, which have been his core pressing issues as a driver.
Hamilton described his achievement as “the pinnacle of my life so far”, adding: “There is a much bigger win we all need to work together towards. That’s pushing for equality, so we can create a better future.”
Hamilton has been a flag-bearer when it comes to matters concerning anti-racism this year, as well as his continued focus on environmental issues, which he has strongly advocated for during the year.
“We have had this awakening this year,” he said, “and people are starting to be held accountable and holding themselves accountable and realising that is not a bad thing.
“It just means we have to work harder and not be so stubborn and open our minds up and educate ourselves a bit better so we can push for a more equal world. I am not going to stop fighting for that and then in my part-time maybe I’ll keep racing for a little while.”
Meanwhile, there have been roaming questions about Hamilton’s contract with Mercedes, and whether after the end of the season, he will continue to race for the German team.
Hamilton becomes the most successful racing driver in history with 7th title win
Hamilton has also been putting off talks with the Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff for a while now citing that until he had won the championship, then he would think about the contract and what’s next for his future.
“It definitely is something we do need to get on to,” said the Englishman. “It’s been, like, I have a job to do, I have a contract in place, I don’t feel like I should add pressure. It has to be organic and not something that’s forced.
“I wanted to put it aside and wait until the job is done. Probably over these next weeks – we have these three weeks in the Middle East so it’s a bit more chilled. But I still have three races ahead of me that I want to win. It’s not done. But we will get it done, I’m sure.”
With three races remaining in the F1 championship, two in Bahrain and one in Abu Dhabi, it begs the question, what is on Hamilton’s mind after the races are done? Is there a possibility of him leaving Mercedes for another team or will he stay?
There’s no way to tell what Hamilton is thinking but as Wolff said, he would not be surprised if contracts talks were not completed until after the end of the season.
“There isn’t any pressure,” Wolff said. “When it’s done, it’s done. He loves racing and the competition, as does the team and myself. If we wouldn’t have the competition against the stopwatch, life would not be as fun.”
“So I see us going for more next year. Maybe putting another great year on and we have these tremendous challenging regulations change for 2022. So we’ll go for a while.”
Hamilton has proven himself against his critics says Wolff
According to Toto Wolff, Lewis Hamilton had “cemented his position among the all-time best sportsmen in the world”.
Anyone, including his critics who claimed that he’s successes, was all about his car can now put their concerns to rest since his own team-mate Valtteri Bottas, under the same car finished 14th and was lapped having spun five times.
“I want more of these weekends, more tricky conditions like this,” Hamilton said. “The more opportunities like this, the more I am able to show what I am able to do.
“Today I deserve my respect. My peers will know how hard a day like today is, will know it is not a car thing. I couldn’t have done this without an amazing group of people behind me but there is another great driver alongside me who has the same car who didn’t finish where I finished.
“Of course you have to have a good team and a great car. That will always be. But it what you do with it also counts and hopefully, you can see that today.”
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