Lewis Hamilton is on a winning mode and nothing seems to stop him.
Hamilton won his third championship on Sunday, following his victory at Sunday’s US Grand Prix to “draw level with racing greats Sir Jackie Stewart and Ayrton Senna,” reported BBC. Hamilton is arguably the most successful British Sportsman and his win ensured entry into the elite band of drivers.
The 1992 champion Nigel Mansell, while speaking to BBC about Hamilton, said that he must target Michael Schumacher’s record of winning seven World Titles. He commented, “Lewis is hot favorite for the 2016 and even the 2017 championship”.
After winning Formula 1’s top prize on three separate occasions, he is set to join the elite racer’s club of Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher, notes The Telegraph.
Mansell believes that Hamilton has all the potential in the world to emulate Schumacher’s record and he might go beyond that.
“In the present day, no one can touch Lewis. He deserves every accolade. There will be jealousy that he is in the best team. It is the start of even bigger and better things to come,” the former champ said.
“I would say to Hamilton to Focus on Michael Schumacher’s record. There is no reason why he cannot win more back-to-back titles. Schumacher has the most reliable car in F1 history, he won three world championships on reliability alone.”
Schumacher is still undergoing rehabilitation inside a tight guarded medical facility and his medical expenses have already reached $15 million with $154,000 per week. Schumi’s health looked positive as Ross Brawn, former F1 boss, remained hopeful about his full recovery. Schumi already lost 65 lbs which is a significant weight loss.
Schumacher suffered horrific injuries after a skiing trip went wrong in the French Alps on Dec. 29, 2013.
While Schumi’s comeback is nearly impossible, it seems Hamilton might surpass his record of 7 F1 World Titles.