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A former McLaren engineer has claimed that the thought of breaking Michael Schumacher’s record for the most Formula One driver’s titles of all time will be firmly in Lewis Hamilton’s mind this season, even if he says otherwise. The Briton is falling further behind Max Verstappen in the title race after a disappointing result at the Austrian Grand Prix.
Recently, Hamilton signed a two-year extension with Mercedes that will give the 36-year-old at least two more chances to cement his legacy at the top of the sport.
Both Hamilton and Schumacher are currently on seven world titles apiece, and the Mercedes man has it all to do if he is to pull clear in 2021.
Marc Priestley recently told the F1 Live podcast: “It’s looking more and more like [the world title] is going to Max Verstappen.
“So will Lewis settle for seven titles or will he go for that eighth? I think he wants that record.
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“Lewis can say he doesn’t care about records, but I’ve worked with him and know that’s not the case.
“Those records are in his head, and I think he wants this one.”
Having missed the podium in three of his last five races, Hamilton must rediscover the consistency he has shown over the past few years to close the gap on Verstappen.
The Dutchman extended his championship lead to 32 points thanks to a straightforward victory in Austria after his rival slumped to a disappointing fourth place finish.
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The results led Hamilton to claim that his team are ‘miles away’ from Red Bull, who are also pulling away in the Constructors’ Championship.
Even Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has claimed that his star driver must ‘defy the odds’ to claim that record-breaking title this year, although he said that it is still within his reach.
Now approaching his late-thirties, time is running out for Hamilton to secure the all-important eighth title and thrust himself into uncharted territory.
Although the clock is not necessarily on his side in the grand scheme of things, it is for the rest of the season with more than half of the 2021 racing calendar still to come.
Despite the COVID-related cancellation of Australia’s Grand Prix in Melbourne, F1 bosses remain committed to ensuring that Hamilton and Verstappen will have 23 races to battle it out for the top spot in 2021.
Thus far, nine races have been held thus far with the British Grand Prix next up at Silverstone a week on Sunday.
If the tide can be turned and the seven-time champion can mount an impressive comeback, another record which allegedly occupies his mind will be sent tumbling.
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