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Hamilton - "I don't feel like a legend"

Hamilton - "I don't feel like a legend"

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Hamilton - "I don't feel like a legend"

Hamilton - "I don't feel like a legend"

Lewis Hamilton has insisted "I don't feel like I'm a legend" despite breaking record after record in F1.

The Mercedes driver became the first to reach 100 grand prix wins with victory in Russia and is aiming to break Michael Schumacher's record of championship titles by claiming an eighth this year.

Speaking to Sky Italia, the British driver said: "I don't feel like I'm a legend. I'm still involved.

"I try to be the best every weekend. It is never easy. I always try to refine and be creative with the setup of the car, every weekend, every race, every season."

Asked if he still had dreams and aspirations despite his successes, Hamilton replied: "Sure, I certainly have.

"You should never stop dreaming, right? Every year I make a list of things I want to achieve, maybe I've tried ten and got two. Or just one!

"So some things end up on next year's list, but the dream is pretty much the same every year."

Hamilton outlines dream for this year

As well as his remarkable on-track performances, Hamilton has garnered support and acclaim for his off-track endeavours aimed at raising inclusivity and diversity in the F1 paddock and more generalistic issues in society such as climate change.

"The dream that drives me this year is to make this sport more open, more inclusive, a new path dedicated to engineers and other people who, otherwise, could not even dream of being part of this sport," he explained.

"I wish all teams were part of it. We live in a world where many people are unaware of what is happening and other people think that if something doesn't concern you, you don't have to do anything.

"We live in a world where it is important to make your voice heard. It is crazy to hear certain news, such as the restriction of women's rights to abortion in the United States, it's crazy, isn't it?

"And even if as a man it does not concern me directly, it is fair to talk about it. It is right to give your support and be part of a generation that pushes for change. This can be done for any topic, such as climate change and human rights."

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NIKSHITH

Nahhh wen one gets a McLaren contract at 13 with the worst go kart on track and has had more points than all the other teammates in every season other than 2016 and lost a championship by a point in his rookie season I think he qualifies to be in the best car and the best team for the trust he showed in them.

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Because you are not. The only gift Hamilton has is being gifted the best car with a weak and compliant team mate.... Fraud 44

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Nahhh wen one gets a McLaren contract at 13 with the worst go kart on track and has had more points than all the other teammates in every season other than 2016 and lost a championship by a point in his rookie season I think he qualifies to be in the best car and the best team for the trust he showed in them.

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Now that Max is up to speed and Russel coming along next year the myth will be expelled.

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I don't see him a a proclaimed legend, a sporting great due to his commitent yes for sure - I see no where he will be recalled as fighting advesity over an equal pack of cars (no one ever said that) or loved fondly. Just that he was in the right place at the right time and his longstanding comitment to Merc (easy when wining) overall team finacials and a great car yeiled the results. Sporting great yes - legend no.

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Get used to it. He’s a legend, like him or not. Ask the fellow drivers, past and present, they will tell you that he is a legend.

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Not many will see him as a legend. As others said, he's a great and true sporter, an athlete, but not a legend. Good but fortunate circumstances at the same time. For many years he will have a lot of records behind his name but, in my opinion, after 10 years it's just his name and not the legendary status other drivers have like Schumacher, Senna, Lauda, Prost, Stewart, Fangio, Brabham, Clark just to name some. Nor many actions will be repeated on tv for years and years, well maybe the Monza one lol

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British racing Legend, 7xWDC & decent humble human being.

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7* WC yes but not in a legendary way, great sportsman but not a legend. And uhhh Humble?

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A LEGEND, HUMBLE??? we are talking about Lewis Hamilton here not Lennox Lewis!!

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Hamilton is correct. You are only a legend of a sport when you are no longer competing. We should be grateful that we are all witnessing greatest unfold before our very eyes. We don't know where his stats will eventually end up but many years from now, when history is written about the man called Sir Lewis Hamilton, we can look at our children/grand children and tell them we were privy to witness it.

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I always find it funny how people love to hate on Lewis and try to down play his accomplishments and skill set. It is not his fault that Mercedes has given him a superior car, that is what the team is supposed to do just like other teams that had championship runs. Legend or not, his records speak for themselves which hasn't been done by the old guard or the new young guns except the championships. What the man stands for outside of racing is his character so keep hating, it's not like any of you could EVER do what he does on or off the track !

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He isn't a legend. But when he retires, he will be. He'll hold almost all F1 titles which will be written in the history books. A fact the children hating on him might cry about... To all the children claiming otherwise in this thread, in 50 years he will be remembered as such, and you lot might have even grown up by then... though I doubt it

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Well, he isn't dumb. He knows that outside the UK his wins are seen with a big question mark, because every time he had a competitive teammate or a less than dominating car, he's been just average. Even if his car and his team gift him ten more WDCs.

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So basically you don't rate Alonso then as Hamilton beat him in his first year in F1

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All I want to say is that the fans of this sport are in denial at times and no matter how much one achieves people always want more and doubt u no matter what and just keep making excuses for ur success and one day wen the legends are five thats wen he gets the respect. Give a person the respect he deserves cas u aren't in his or her place and u haven't been through what he or she had been through so for a sec throw ur denail out of the window and just give some respect for achievements.

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dead* not five

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The Best Ever. The Greatest of all Time. Simply Amazing.

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The biggest haters of Sir Lewis Hamilton, is the Netherland's media Ziggo sport F1cafe. They feed people with negative opinion and information about Sir Lewis Hamilton during this program. They do this because they think it is good for advertisment, plus we Netherlands see things pretty much in black and white way, which is kinda unsocial, but we are who are. So it is always going to be Max Verstappen!

Max is a very good F1 driver we can't argue this, we the Netherlands hope he will win the championship this year! But Sir Lewis Hamilton is a great driver, we can't argue this too. If the Mercedes car is so good, why has any other drivers not achieve what Sir Lewis Hamilton have achieved with the Mercedes F1 car? Think about that people. F1 cars is simply about a perfect match. Sir Lewis Hamilton and the Mercedes F1 car is simply a perfect match. So we Dutch people have to stop down playing Sir Lewis achievement in F1. It is only makes us look bad and jealous.

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@Don-NL

Nice to see a level headed Dutch F1 fan.

They are both a bit special, may the best man win.

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message to Hamilton-'You are not so don't worry' !!!

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More of a legend than you'll ever be i doubt you could even start the car up let alone drive it

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