Lewis Hamilton vows to keep breaking records until he ‘turns grey’ after equalling Michael Schumacher’s 91 Formula One victories and the Mercedes star admits it will be ‘difficult’ to leave the sport
- Lewis Hamilton says he wants to continue in Formula One for as long as possible
- He matched Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 victories after winning Eifel GP
- The Mercedes star doesn’t want to retire any time soon and hopes for more glory
Lewis Hamilton says he is dreading the day he retires from Formula One and will continue ‘until he starts seeing grey hairs’ after equalling Michael Schumacher’s number of race wins.
The Mercedes star secured his 91st victory at the Eifel Grand Prix on Sunday to write his name into the history books, but the 35-year-old has no retirement plans lined up and admits it would be a huge wrench to leave the sport.
Hamilton saw off the threat of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen at Nurburgring as he racked up a commanding lead at the top of the drivers’ championships – moving 69 points ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas.
Lewis Hamilton wants to keep going in F1 ‘until he turns grey’ after recording his 91st victory
The Briton’s win at the Eifel Grand Prix saw him equal Michael Schumacher’s all-time record
Hamilton insists his passion for the sport keeps him going and that he remains ‘young in spirit’ despite being in his mid-thirties.
‘Of course I can set goals and I will continue to charge on and see what is possible,’ he said after the race.
‘I love the sport, the smell of it, the whole aura and atmosphere it creates, and it is going to be difficult to let it go.
‘While I am older than these guys, I feel as young as them in spirit. That will change when I start seeing grey hairs but for now, I am good.’
The Mercedes star insists he feels ‘young in spirit’ and is dreading the day he retires from F1
He says he never imagined he would draw level with Michael Schumacher’s race record
Hamilton will now be looking to go one further and move past Schumacher with the most race victories as well as edge closer to the Ferrari legend’s record of seven world championships.
Schumacher suffered a horrific skiing accident in 2013 and was put into a medically induced coma, with his health shrouded in mystery ever since. Recent reports claimed he had been moved to a mansion in Majorca but there have been very few updates about his condition.
Hamilton said he never imagined drawing level with the all-time great and insists his latest achievement is ‘beyond his wildest dreams’. To mark the occasion of his historic win, Schumacher’s son Mick gifted him one of his father’s helmets, which left the British star feeling ‘honoured’.
He said he was ‘honoured’ to receive the Ferrari legend’s helmet and called him a ‘legend’
‘I grew up watching Michael winning all those grands prix and I could not ever fathom equalling him,’ added Hamilton.
‘Getting to Formula One was the first step of the dream and then emulating Ayrton Senna. But Michael’s record was just so far ahead.
‘It is beyond my wildest dreams that I am here today having equalled that record and I just feel humbled by the moment. It has not sunk in.
‘Michael is, and always will be, a legend of the sport and I feel very honoured to have one of his helmets.’
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