Lewis Hamilton hits back at critics calling him a ‘lucky champion’

Lewis Hamilton (Bryn Lennon / Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton (Bryn Lennon / Getty Footage)

• Lewis Hamilton obtained a seventh F1 drivers’ championship in 2020.

• Hamilton has tied Michael Schumacher with the variety of championships.

• Hamilton has a protected understanding alongside alongside alongside alongside alongside collectively collectively collectively along with his Mercedes workforce.

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Lewis Hamilton has hit as shortly as further on the thought he’s merely “fortunate” to have benefitted from Mercedes’ utter dominance in earlier seasons.

By matching Michael Schumacher’s report tally of seven titles this yr, 35-year-old Hamilton says he now fully appreciates the work that goes into that diploma of success.

The British driver educated Auto Motor und Sport: “As a youthful driver, you merely do not perceive how Michael Schumacher was prepared to put such a worthwhile bundle on the freeway, or how I’ve carried out that now with Mercedes. Half of them ponder that I am merely fortunate to be in a strong automotive, nonetheless acceptable now I can admire what Michael did as shortly as further then. This may be crucial be on the helm to steer this group of clever, decided and ingenious individuals on a course of enchancment in order that in some unspecified time lastly the automotive and driver harmonise fully.”

Hamilton’s requests

As an illustration, he says he sits down alongside alongside alongside alongside alongside collectively collectively collectively along with his workforce “each week” to analyse the state of affairs and counsel modifications.

Hamilton acknowledged: “At my request, we did this extra usually and made the group greater and I repeatedly know which approach we’ll affiliate with the following automotive. Prior to now, the aerodynamicists would inform me which elements they’re fixing contained contained contained in the wind tunnel and what the following steps with the automotive might very appropriately be, and every now and then I wished to inform them ‘This isn’t our draw as shortly as additional’. That type of direct dialog was an rising number of vital to me.”

Really, former Mercedes boss Norbert Haug – who labored with each seven time champions – acknowledged he sees many parallels between the strategies of Schumacher and Hamilton.

He educated Sport1: “Each love what they do, they each demand further of themselves than anybody else, they each on no account hand over, they usually moreover’re each ‘positively dissatisfied’. Which may sound like a contradiction nonetheless it’s the elixir of the nice champion. With out you may be a winner, nonetheless not a everlasting winner.”

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