Alain Prost believes the chance to match, and possibly surpass, Michael Schumacher's title record in Formula 1 will prevent Lewis Hamilton from losing motivation in the years to come.
Hamilton has secured a sixth world drivers' title in 2019, moving beyond Juan Manuel Fangio and into outright second place on F1's all-time list, with only Schumacher, on seven, ahead.
Having taken four world championships in his career, Prost says he had no thoughts of matching then-record holder Fangio, the Frenchman having retired immediately after securing his final title in 1993.
However, with Hamilton within striking distance of Schumacher's two most fearsome benchmarks – seven titles and 91 grand prix wins – Prost believes a dose of F1 immortality will spur the Mercedes star on.
"When I became a four-time champion, it was not my goal to match Fangio, but I can well understand that it [matching Schumacher] can be a motivation for him. It is good for him, good for the sport," Prost told Motorsport.com of Hamilton.
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