now I understand the importance of Schumacher

Lewis Hamilton has just equaled the mark of seven world championships in Michael sSchumacher, but he also holds the record for the most wins and poles in the Formula 1.

But while his latest success has yet to silence those who suggest he only wins because he has the best car, Hamilton says that even he didn’t fully understand the role drivers should play in car development until he joined. Mercedes, just as a replacement for the kaiser.

Hamilton He says that since winning title after title for Mercedes, the situation has opened his eyes to the role his predecessor Schumacher played on the team, noting that it is something that those outside the sport do not appreciate.

“In terms of helping to develop the car, I think that’s something that the drivers never fully understand, and now it’s something that I see from Michael’s perspective.”

“It is difficult for someone who starts in the F1. It’s hard for young drivers to fully understand what Michael did, and what I’m doing with the team. “

“They (young people) will see that we have a good car, that Michael had a good car, but now that I’m here, I understand what Michael did with the team, or maybe what he could have done with this team. I’m sure it’s similar to what I had to do ”.

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“You have to be the helm. You have this powerful group of intelligent and passionate people and of course you have the team leader who is the main helm. “

“But in terms of development, my job is to make the car go further and perform with the characteristics that the driver wants. I would say that I am definitely very, very proud of that. Unfortunately, people can’t see everything in the background. “

In an extensive interview reflecting on his 2020 championship, Hamilton said this season he felt like he stepped up compared to his previous campaign.

“I definitely feel like it’s the most complete level I’ve ever been to,” he said. “It’s a natural progression, although you can’t always do it right.”

“This year, in the face of the pandemic by COVIDWe have had more time to focus on areas of weakness. Last year I would say that I was strong in the race, in qualifying it was not that good, but I entered this season with the mentality of making sure I keep my strengths, but I worked on weaknesses ”.

“But by improving in qualifying I have managed to improve in the races, which was a bit surprising. I wasn’t expecting this. “

But Hamilton still believes there is scope for further improvement in the future, as he believes the easiest thing to do is simply to drop his standards.

“For any athlete at the top of his game, you can always say that it will be difficult to raise the bar,” he said. “The easiest thing is to let it go, but it is not a situation that is new for me.”

“I know what I have to do to be in the right space on the mental and physical issue. I don’t really see that it’s a matter of consistency, but I have to achieve much smaller increments in terms of raising the bar. “

“I don’t really know if I can improve. In the race, for example, I am very strong, but there are still elements that could be improved, but not everything is easy to improve ”.

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1, celebrates at Parc Ferme after securing his seventh world championship

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1, celebrates at Parc Ferme after securing his seventh world championship

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1, celebrates at Parc Ferme after securing his seventh world championship

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1, celebrates at Parc Ferme after securing his seventh world championship

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1, celebrates at Parc Ferme after securing his seventh world championship

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1, celebrates at Parc Ferme after securing his seventh world championship with Toto Wolff, Mercedes AMG Director

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1, celebrates at Parc Ferme after securing his seventh world championship with Toto Wolff, Mercedes AMG Director

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Podium: winner and world champion Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1

Podium: winner and world champion Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1

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Podium: winner and world champion Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1

Podium: winner and world champion Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1

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Podium: winner and world champion Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1, second place Sergio Pérez, Racing Point, and third place Sebastián Vettel, Ferrari

Podium: winner and world champion Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1, second place Sergio Pérez, Racing Point, and third place Sebastián Vettel, Ferrari

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Podium: winner and world champion Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1

Podium: winner and world champion Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1

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Podium: winner and world champion Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1, and third place Sebastián Vettel, Ferrari

Podium: winner and world champion Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1, and third place Sebastián Vettel, Ferrari

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Podium: winner and world champion Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1

Podium: winner and world champion Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1

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Podium: winner and world champion Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1, second place Sergio Pérez, Racing Point, and third place Sebastián Vettel, Ferrari

Podium: winner and world champion Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1, second place Sergio Pérez, Racing Point, and third place Sebastián Vettel, Ferrari

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Podium: winner and world champion Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1

Podium: winner and world champion Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1

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Podium: winner and world champion Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1

Podium: winner and world champion Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1

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Podium: winner and world champion Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1 with Toto Wolff, Executive Director (Business), Mercedes AMG, second place Sergio Pérez, Racing Point, and third place Sebastián Vettel, Ferrari

Podium: winner and world champion Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1 with Toto Wolff, Executive Director (Business), Mercedes AMG, second place Sergio Pérez, Racing Point, and third place Sebastián Vettel, Ferrari

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1 and the Mercedes team celebrate after winning the seventh drivers’ world championship title

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1 and the Mercedes team celebrate after winning the seventh drivers' world championship title

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1 and the Mercedes team celebrate after winning the seventh drivers’ world championship title

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1 and the Mercedes team celebrate after winning the seventh drivers' world championship title

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1 and the Mercedes team celebrate after winning the seventh drivers’ world championship title

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1 and the Mercedes team celebrate after winning the seventh drivers' world championship title

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1 and the Mercedes team celebrate after winning the seventh drivers’ world championship title

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1 and the Mercedes team celebrate after winning the seventh drivers' world championship title

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1 and the Mercedes team celebrate after winning the seventh drivers’ world championship title

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1 and the Mercedes team celebrate after winning the seventh drivers' world championship title

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1 and the Mercedes team celebrate after winning the seventh drivers’ world championship title

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1 and the Mercedes team celebrate after winning the seventh drivers' world championship title

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