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Formula 1: record driver Hamilton – how many titles will follow?

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.

S.he is a magic number in racing. AJ Foyt is seven times IndyCar champion, no one has any titles left. Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt and Jimmie Johnson have seven titles in NASCAR, and none of them have any more. Now Lewis Hamilton has achieved the seventh World Championship title in Formula 1 and thus equalized Michael Schumacher’s record.
But Hamilton could also win an eighth world title. The chances of this are even extremely good. When he finally extends his contract with Mercedes, the sporting hurdles will be manageable. Because of the corona pandemic, Formula 1 has postponed the introduction of the new cars to 2022. In 2021, the regulations will remain stable – and with it the balance of power. Honda and Ferrari will bring a completely new engine. But Mercedes will remain the favorite in 2021. Especially since only a few changes are allowed to the chassis per team. The spending limit will not be felt until 2022.

Hamilton has never been this good

Lewis Hamilton

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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.

Hamilton sets a limit: “I don’t think I’ll still be here when I’m 40 years old,” he said in Turkey after his seventh title win. In January he will be 36 years old …

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