How many world titles will follow?
Lewis Hamilton equalized Michael Schumacher’s seventh world title. How many more follow? An eighth is more than likely.
Hamilton has never been this good
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The driving hurdle remains. Hamilton is 35 years old. Most recently, only Damon Hill was older when he won the title: his British compatriot was world champion in a Williams-Renault in 1996 at the age of 36. Michael Schumacher was also 35 years old when he won his seventh title in 2004. Two years later he was only marginally defeated by Fernando Alonso in the championship duel, but he kept complaining about the signs of wear and tear of racing.
“I feel so fit and better than ever before,” says Hamilton instead. His body holds, but he gets more and more racing experience. Among other things, this helped him with his spectacular victory in the rain in Istanbul.
Hamilton drives better than ever. So far, he has scored 84.34 percent of all possible points in the 2020 season. He was never so good when he won the title. In 2015 it was 81.75 percent, in 2014 80.84, in the other four title years under 80. Hamilton drives almost flawlessly: In the past three years he has only had one retirement – and that was a technical defect.
In 2021, the Briton will most likely win his eighth world title. The cards will then be reshuffled in 2022. The budget cap and the new cars are intended to bring the field closer together. Then the hour could strike for the competition. Alone: Mercedes has proven to be the best team in previous rule changes such as 2017. So you can’t write off the German manufacturer.