"Quiet but lethal" Hamilton to raise F1 bar to 'astonishing levels' - Brawn
Lewis Hamilton has been backed to raise the bar in Formula 1 to 'astonishing levels' according to the man who helped Michael Schumacher previously set all of the sport's major records.
Hamilton's 91st F1 victory was an understated one given some of his past successes, but in taking the chequered flag in the Eifel Grand Prix it was one of the most important as he equalled the record held since 2006 by Michael Schumacher.
F1's managing director motorsports Ross Brawn was generally regarded as the 'mastermind' behind all of Schumacher's seven titles and the German's own 91 wins given their time together at Benetton and Ferrari.
Addressing Hamilton's feat, via his regular post-race column, Brawn said: "Lewis drove an exemplary race in style, which has earned him an equal number of race wins to Michael Schumacher. It’s a remarkable achievement.
"Michael always said that records are there to be broken, but I admit I didn’t expect to see this one broken so soon. And I can’t imagine Lewis is going to stop here. The way he’s going, he will raise the bar in the next few years to a level that will be astonishing.
"His race was relatively efficient and effective, almost methodical, though I know from the perspective of the pit wall and inside the cockpit, it would have been anything but methodical."
While Hamilton and Schumacher may now be comparable in one respect with regard to the number of race wins, Brawn feels the two are very different characters in terms of their style of driving and also away from the circuit.
"Michael was a driver who was very dramatic on track in many ways and had a very quiet persona away from the track," added Brawn.
"Lewis is almost the opposite - quiet but lethal in terms of delivery on track but his flamboyance comes out away from the track.
"You couldn’t have two more different characters. Both have achieved an astonishing accomplishment."
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