Michael Schumacher’s son Mick says the prospect of Lewis Hamilton equalling the Formula 1 great’s all-time record of 91 wins has given him something to aim for when he gets to the top flight.
Hamilton, who replaced Schumacher senior at Mercedes in 2013, can take his 91st victory in Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix in Sochi — a race the Briton has won four times previously.
“One sentence my dad always used to say was, ‘Records are there to be broken’. It’s everybody’s aim in this sport to do that,” Mick said on Friday in Sochi.
“I think Lewis had a very, very good run. He had a very consecutive and positive run. It’s good for the sport… the next aim would be then I guess for me, if I do make the step (up), to break that again,” added the 21-year-old.
Mick is almost sure to step up into F1 next year, his journey mapped out for him by the Ferrari Driver Academy with the next step likely to be a seat with Alfa Romeo starting in 2021.
Currently, he leads the Formula 2 championship with six rounds remaining and will be looking to add the F1-feeder series title to the Formula 3 championship he claimed in 2018.
Seven-times F1 world champion Michael Schumacher took his last win with Ferrari in China in 2006. He has not appeared in public since he suffered severe head injuries in a 2013 skiing accident.
Hamilton is on course for a seventh crown and set to replace the German as the most successful F1 driver of all time. The Briton already has more pole positions, podiums and points finishes at the highest level than any other driver.