Monday, 05 november 2018, 05:09 , by Matthew Scott
Lewis Hamilton says he has begun to set his sights on eclipsing more of Michael Schumacher's all-time Formula 1 records. Hamilton has racked up a fifth world drivers' title in 2018, leaving him just two short of Schumacher's tally, but the German's race-win benchmark is seemingly of most interest.
Hamilton's most recent grand prix victory – in Japan – was his 71st, leaving him 20 shy of Schumacher's record that had been assumed unbeatable at the end of his iconic career.
If the Brit continues to win races at the rate he has during the V6 Hybrid era, he is on course to near Schumacher's record by the end of his current contract with Mercedes – which runs until the end of 2020.
Having previously shrugged off the notion of catching Schumacher, Hamilton has already taken the all-time record for F1 poles from him, and now says adding more is on his mind.
"I was just really not trying to take anything for granted," said Hamilton.
"The way I've always approached it is I've just been really thankful for the ones I have.
"I'm very, very fortunate to be up here now, obviously with more than most people have, and I don't take that for granted.
"Whether or not I'm going to have the chance to win more, who knows? I'm going to give it everything to do so.
"The 91 wins that he [Schumacher] has, for example, that's a lot of wins.
"There's still a long way to go but I'm here for a few more years, so I'm hoping that I can at least get close."