Well, from what I've seen of Lewis Hamilton, he probably thought it!
Maybe he will just get his 8th title and call it quits? Or maybe he has another 2 more good years. (He hasn't signed the new contract with Mercedes yet.)It's crazy to think that Senna's record was 41 and Schumacher broke it 20 years ago, then absolutely torched it. Will Hamilton destroy Schumacher's record like that?
Active drivers: Seb Vettel -- at 53 wins and 4 world championship wins. But I think he's been mentally broken by Lewis.I don't really follow F1 anymore, so I'm not up on the driver's. Who is the active with the second most wins? Can't imagine that there's anyone within striking distance of the record.
Yah, I had tears in my eyes when Mick did that -- I think Lewis was quite emotional then too. Dont think he expected it.Agreed.
It was really moving to see Mick Schumacher give Lewis one of his dad's helmets when he tied the record at 91. I get a little tired of Mercedes 1-2 wins (I mean, 26 second leads don't leave a lot of excitement at the front of the pack), but can't deny that Lewis is a hell of a driver.
And from an earlier post, yes, Seb is a mess. Ferrari is not looking great, but Vettel can barely get out of Q1 on the regular. Also, I miss seeing Raikkonen in a good car.
Agreed on all counts. Raikkonen getting another shot in a good car is a pipe dream, but I'm always glad to see him drive the hell out of what he's got.Yah, I had tears in my eyes when Mick did that -- I think Lewis was quite emotional then too. Dont think he expected it.
I think at 40 or 41, Raikkonen is past his best. It does give Lewis hope to carry on though.
Schumi mas F1 equally boring when he was at his peak. They had the excuses back then too -- no real competition. Ferrari was heads & shoulder better than anyone else etc.
The only one who must be thinking hard is Verstappen.
He has only an ever shirnking 10 to 12-year window left -- and I think he always thinks he's a better driver than Lewis to start with.
And if Lewis hangs on another few more years and Red Bull doesn't have a car that can win it all...
Maybe he leaves RB for Merc when Lewis retires.
He looks like the only driver out there that has that singularity (on winning) and the 'bastard' personality to go along with it. I think Lewis was a nicer kid growing up.
Alonso is back next season too. Makes for interesting racing.
The younger drivers -- Landos, Russell etc I think they are a reflection of the new crop of kids -- talented but less individualistic and more concerned about being friends. That social media generation of being concerned about liked or at least not wanting to upset your peers.I'm a little bummed to see how some of the younger up-and-comers struggled here in the last few races. And there are always more hungry young drivers just looking for their DRS zones. There are sure to be a few other interesting moves in the off-season, so we'll see what else is to come.
The shoey is disgusting. I think I would puke especially if I was to drink off someone else's boot, two afters after sitting in a 100degree cockpit.I'd like to see Ricciardo do well again, too - - though I don't miss seeing him drink from his shoe on the podium. Blech.
Russell is a future world champ. The only reason they re-signed Bottas was because they knew George would be a thorn in Lewis’ side getting these records.The younger drivers -- Landos, Russell etc I think they are a reflection of the new crop of kids -- talented but less individualistic and more concerned about being friends. That social media generation of being concerned about liked or at least not wanting to upset your peers.
The generation of that collection of alpha males in F1 I think I over, for now. You watch that group of Hunt, Lauda, coming back from a firey crash etc I think will just be ghosts in our memory.
It is so expensive to get into F1 now -- the trials & tribulation of go-karting to F4 and then up. Not many can afford to do it or persist at it.
Lando comes from a rich family. Lance Stroll -- talented but not F1 level but his dad...
There are only a few who will not have any serious financial backing -- the likes of Russell, Ocon etc are few and far in between.
Lewis will be the last of them, self-made World Champion. (Versteppan's dad was a former F1 racer and will not be sort of a dollar or two.)
His story will be appreciated more in the later years and may even overlap's Schumi's.
I like Russell. He has that steely-eyed look. But that bunch of kids coming up, the Gen Zs... they don't have that singular focus to go for the kill. You can see it whenever they Gen Z kids/drivers get together.Russell is a future world champ. The only reason they re-signed Bottas was because they knew George would be a thorn in Lewis’ side getting these records.
Perez to alpine/Renault?I think Max is a Red Buller for life. Russell and Leclerc are the long term options for Merc and Ferrari. I salivate at the prospect of those 3 battling for different teams. Hopefully Renault keeps their upward trend. I just don’t know about Alonso though. Losing Ricciardo really hurts Renault.
Your boy made a rookie mistake and spun off during the SC. I am sure he was in tears as he was in the points. Certainly pissed off at himself.Russell is a future world champ. The only reason they re-signed Bottas was because they knew George would be a thorn in Lewis’ side getting these records.
Very! Way too narrow for these wider cars.I wasn't sure that this would be a good racetrack for them to come back to - even with the changes, Imola is still quite worrying.
Albon is broken. Thats why RB needs a Perez who wont wilt. But whether RB has the budget to have two big drivers may be the stumbling block.Yeah...George pulled a Roberto Guerrero. 🤦🏼♂️
Blah race today. Bottas is just the perfect Mercedes #2 guy. Just fast enough in that car to give Max fits but not even in Lewis’ zip code. Today has to be the nail for Albon. He really hampers RBR. Either Sergio or Hulk will help immensely.
Toto is leaving after this season isn't he? Or at least take a remote role.Hamilton should get his 8th title and his 100th win next season. And a look at the 2022 situation which could finally shake things up a bit. I could see him leaving after 2021, especially if Toto is gone, as everyone believes.
But he's not leaving this year, regardless of what nonsense he's spouting right now.