Lewis Hamilton is set to create a name for himself in Formula 1 as he is in the hunt to become the first eight-time world champion. This would beat Michael Schumacher‘s record of seven titles.

However, the Brit is flanked by Red Bull‘s Max Verstappen, who has been putting up a tough fight. Max is currently in the lead in the Drivers’ Championship after the race in Monaco.

The drivers are currently prepping for the next race in Baku, Azerbaijan where Hamilton might be looking to redeem himself.

Lewis Hamilton. Source: autosport.com

Hamilton not yet at par with Schumacher

Former British Formula 1 star, David Coulthard, has often been very vocal about Hamilton’s performances.

However, back in 2020, Coulthard mentioned that his fellow Brit is not yet at the level of Schumacher.

He was asked by Sportsmail whether Hamilton would become a dominating figure in the years to come, to which he replied, “I don’t see it.

“He got run close on occasions by Valtteri Bottas last year, but he had a very strong foundation and he is an exceptional driver so he delivered more often than not.

Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton. Source: https://www.planetf1.com/

“I don’t think it was as dominant a year as maybe the points played out but he is the [Ayrton] Senna, Schumacher of this generation.

“I would like him to break the record though, records are there to be broken. However, it doesn’t change anything in the history books if Hamilton does. We would certainly keep referring to Michael.”

Things changed after Turkish GP

However, by November 2020, things changed as Hamilton earned his seventh title after winning the Turkish Grand Prix. This put him right next to Schumacher’s record.

Coulthard took back his words and went on to claim that Hamilton and Schumacher had reached the same level.

“There is no question that if Michael was still racing today, at his prime, he would be staring in the eyes of his equal,” he said.

“Because I think Michael is exceptional and I think Lewis is exceptional. And I think the way that he won his championship in Istanbul was the perfect way to show how good he is.

David Coulthard. Source: planetf1.com

“Coming from sixth on the grid, in very difficult conditions and to win by what was quite a big margin in the end.

“So there should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that he is the real deal and not only is he one of the best drivers of his generation, arguably he is one of the best drivers in the history of the sport.”

Hamilton to surpass Schumacher?

Hamilton managed to break several records back in 2020.

He crossed Schumacher’s number for most race wins in the history of the sport. The German had 91 wins but the Brit was close to 100.

The Mercedes driver also crossed Schumacher’s record of 72 victories with a single constructor.

Now, all we can do is wait to see how soon Hamilton crosses Schumacher.

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