With 69 points ahead of Mercedes teammate Vatteri Bottas in the drivers’ standings, Hamilton is also set to tie Schumacher’s record of seven world titles.
Despite his accomplishments, Hamilton not on Stewart’s list of all-time top three drivers, with the Scots citing Juan Manuel Fangio, Jim Clark, and Ayrton Senna instead, mostly based on the eras in which they ran
Hamilton admits to being baffled as to why he is drawing criticism despite his on-track exploits.
“I’m struck by a lot of people, especially like older drivers, they still have a bee in their hood,” Hamilton said. “I don’t know why but maybe one day they’ll get over it.
“I have so much respect for the past and the legends of the past, even though they keep talking negatively about me all the time.
“But I still hold them in high regard because I know it’s so difficult, a different time in history. It was incredibly difficult for them and they remain the legends they were then. ”
Hamilton is confident he will take a different approach if he finds himself in a similar position to Stewart as he reflects on the drivers who will chase their own records years later.
“In 20 years, anyway, when I look back, I can promise you this: I won’t talk about any young driver who passes and succeeds,” Hamilton insisted.
“Because our responsibility as an older driver is to shine the light as brightly as possible and to encourage those who…
“There will be someone else, be it Max [Verstappen], or whoever it is, that’s going to chase the record that I finally set. He’s the wrong kind of character and approach to hope he doesn’t break it.
“You should encourage them, hoping that they are living to their full potential. And if that means they hit your record, that’s amazing.
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