Lewis Hamilton’s No.1 goal for 2021 has nothing to do with Michael Schumacher or Max Verstappen
Lewis Hamilton made the last three races of the 2020 Formula 1 season almost irrelevant by winning the Drivers’ World Championship at the Turkish Grand Prix. The thoughts of the running community immediately turned to the huge season on the horizon for him in 2021.
Hamilton’s fourth consecutive F1 driving championship was also the seventh in his superb career, tying him to Michael Schumacher for the record. Schumacher retired in 2012 after any three seasons with Mercedes Petronas. Ayrton Senna and others certainly have supporters, but the body of Schumacher’s work, including 91 race wins, has made him the gold standard in the minds of so many followers of the sport.
So it would have been natural for Hamilton to make an eighth series championship his singular goal for 2021. Even though that had in fact been No. 1 on his radar, a funny thing happened along the way. Rather than chasing Schumacher, Hamilton has spent a lot of time this season chasing someone else: Max Verstappen.
After several years of ramping up, Red Bull Racing has finally found the formula. Mercedes have won the constructors’ championship seven years in a row, but Red Bull takes the behemoth on the wire this time around. Much of the credit goes to Verstappen for the way he’s pushing Hamilton.
Verstappen leads in race wins, 7-5, although Hamilton maintains a 246.5-244.5 margin over his new nemesis in terms of season points. The 36-year-old English driver could catch up with Schumacher in 2021, but that’s not possible without shifting the task of pushing Verstappen down a notch on the to-do list.
Interestingly, however, beating Schumacher and Verstappen was not considered the # 1 goal for Hamilton when the schedule moved to 2021. He also did not extend his Formula 1 record by winning his 100.e race, which he completed at the Russian Grand Prix, notes a mention.
In an interview with Sky Italia, Hamilton showed the fire in his belly that continued to lead him to greatness.
“I try to be the best every weekend. It is never easy. I always try to refine and be creative with the settings of the car, every weekend, every race, every season.
He added that the process begins with setting goals.
“You should never stop dreaming, right?” he said, according to GPFans.com. “Every year I make a list of the things I want to accomplish. I may have tried 10 and got two. Or just one.
“So some things end up on next year’s list, but the dream is pretty much the same every year.”
And directing the most recent is something that has little to do with its own performance.
“The dream that drives me this year is to make this sport more open, more inclusive, a new path dedicated to engineers and other people who otherwise could not even dream of being part of this sport,” he said. he declares. “I would like all the teams to be part of it. We live in a world where a lot of people are unaware of what is going on and others think that if something is not about you then you have nothing to do.
Hamilton has extended thinking to social issues around the world, but inclusion in the race has long been on his mind. He spoke earlier this year about how billionaires entering the sport could put drivers in cars based on relationships rather than merit, further freezing minority prospects for a sport with a certain reputation. exclusion, Hamilton’s ethnicity aside.
Formula 1 took a positive direction at the end of September by requiring the 10 teams to employ a rookie driver in two different Friday practice sessions during the 2022 season.
It’s a small step. Still, it opens the door for at least 20 potential future F1 drivers to show off their abilities.
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