What sets Lewis Hamilton apart from Schumacher is personal development | sport

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Pperhaps one of Lewis Hamilton’s most admirable characteristics is his reluctance to value his success. Often his reaction to the invitation is one of sincere and weak disbelief. This weekend at the Eifel Grand Prix, a victory for the world champion would equal Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 Formula 1 wins. If Hamilton did, it would be a feat which, even if he didn’t believe it, , will place him as one of the greatest in the sports pantheon and a pivotal force in the history of Formula 1.There is also a symbolism about the location of his second attempt to equalize the mark; the Nürburgring is just 50 miles from Kerpen, where the great German was born, and is a track where Schumacher has more race wins – five – than any other driver.

When Schumacher dominated the sport, winning five straight titles for Ferrari between 2000 and 2004 and bringing his total to seven, no one was to come close to being equal, let alone surpassing him. Hamilton, now 35 and in his 14th birthdaye season, almost did. Schumacher’s greatest achievement, those seven titles, will surely be matched by Hamilton this year as well.

After his victory in the Grand Prix of Tuscany, the Englishman considered to equal the number of victories of Schumacher in the race. “It just doesn’t feel real,” he says. As always, he thanked his Mercedes team, but concluded with a sense of wonder at his own success. “I’m just one link in the chain. But I never thought I would be there, that’s for sure.

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