Seeing Hamilton match Schumacher could be bittersweet for Vettel
Lewis Hamilton matching Michael Schumacher’s file of 91 Components 1 victories at this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix could be bittersweet for Sebastian Vettel.
Schumacher turned F1’s most profitable driver by way of race wins again on the 2001 Belgian Grand Prix, when he gained his 52nd race to tug one away from Alain Prost. The German went on to increase that file to 91 wins, which Hamilton can equal this weekend in Russia, and Vettel — who has 53 wins himself to sit down third on the all-time listing — says it’s a tally that by no means appeared achievable even on the top of his personal dominance with Purple Bull.
“I feel it’s all the time been a quantity that has appeared not possible to succeed in,” Vettel mentioned. “Now seeing the final years, and Lewis’ observe file, he was getting nearer and nearer, and I feel at this level it’s a query of time when he reaches that.
“On one hand I’ll for certain be unhappy, as Michael continues to be my hero, however alternatively I shall be very glad for Lewis — I feel he deserves all of the success he has had. (So) a bit half-and-half, blended feelings. For myself I don’t know — I’m distant — however it was all the time a kind of numbers that appears not possible as much as the purpose that any individual will get there, will get shut after which breaks it.”
Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc expressed related emotions, admitting will probably be a disgrace to see a driver so synonymous with the Scuderia now not main the best way, however acknowledging the depth of Hamilton’s achievement.
“I’m fairly aligned with what Seb mentioned,” Leclerc mentioned. “Lewis solely deserves it. He has been extraordinarily constant all through the years, has all the time been preventing for high positions.
“On one aspect it’s unhappy to see the Michael file getting overwhelmed as clearly he has been an enormous a part of Components 1, particularly for Ferrari, however alternatively it’s solely deserved for Lewis and I’m glad for him too if he manages to do this.”