Lewis Hamilton equals Michael Schumacher’s record of seven world titles Michael Schumacher holds seven Formula One world titles but he was not the first guy to have done this.
Hamilton could become the first driver to win his first title since Michael Schumacher after winning the Belgian Grand Prix.
Michael Schumacher won seven titles and led the F1 championship for 13 of those years.
He also finished as runner-up 14 times which equates to an average of one title every 2.9 years.
He is still the only driver to have won the world championship in three different chassis but he could not defend his title this year as the Merc engine broke down with just 24 laps to go in the final race of the year.
The Mercedes team was left with virtually no mechanical repairs to complete the year and they finished in fifth and they missed out on a second straight driver’s title.
But Hamilton is not taking his victory so lightly.
“It was a difficult day,” he said.
“We had a problem to finish the race, we had to re-start the race and I had a little bit of an issue in the pit and was not able to do enough to get back in the race, so I was not the favourite out there.”
The championship is a tight one and Hamilton hopes he can become the first driver to win his first title since Michael Schumacher in 2000.
This year he’s set the bar pretty high.
“It’s always difficult to win the championships, but I’ve got to try,” he said.
“We need to find out how much we can improve and I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself.
“I’m still young, I’m still getting my speed back, so as much as I can, I want to work hard and get back there.”
Mercedes AMG F1 cars are now being tested at the Silver