[F1 2019 VIDEO FEATURE] LEWIS HAMILTON: RECORD HUNTER

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton continues to smash records in Formula 1, his sixth British Grand Prix win on Sunday making him the most successful at his home event, eclipsing Jim Clark and Alain Prost.

The five-time F1 World Champion is already the most successful British F1 driver of all-time ahead of legends of the sport Sir Jackie Stewart, Graham Hill and Clark, cementing his greatness.

His 80th win, now 28 up on nearest rival, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel puts him in the stratosphere, just 11 away from Michael Schumacher’s outright record… which was once-thought unbreakable.

… and could now be equalled at F1’s futuristic grand finale in Abu Dhabi should Hamilton win all the remaining races, no matter how unlikely that may be, with hot events still Mercedes’ kryptonite.

Hamilton’s silver-wash of 2019 though, still remains an amazing feat with Mercedes expecting a far greater challenge from Ferrari.

The Brit imploring his colleagues to up their game following his Brazil win last year that helped to secure the team its fifth-straight constructors’ title.

SOUNDBITE (English) LEWIS HAMILTON,
5-TIME F1 WORLD CHAMPION:
“Please try and think of how you can better yourselves, be better individually and together with the guys that you’re working next to, ‘cos that’s what I’m trying to think of how I can deliver more for you next year. When they bring more power, when they bring more energy, we bring even more. So let’s make sure we do that.”
 

With Hamilton well on his way to a sixth F1 World Championship and the technical regulations stable into 2020… equalling Schumacher’s seven is now a serious possibility.

…especially with the Brit now in a tried-and-tested groove, mixing racing with travel and adventure to make a winning lifestyle.

SOUNDBITE (English) NICO ROSBERG,
2016 F1 WORLD CHAMPION:
“Well, he is one of the most successful F1 drivers of all time, one of the most successful sportsmen of all time so I think he knows what he is doing. There is not much room for criticism there. It’s the way for him to perform, its like that, to do all that extra stuff, and travel around the world which for someone like me would definitely not work, it would destroy, me, but for him it works fine so, he’s found his ingredients to make it work.”

SOUNDBITE (French) ALAIN PROST,
4-TIME F1 WORLD CHAMPION:
"Hamilton is still young. We knew when he started in F1 and started to win that he would become a formidable opponent, a record hunter. I don't think that's what motivates him. I think that as long as he wins and enjoys what he's doing he'll never stop. F1 today, when you are in a team like Mercedes, and you're happy, the quality of life that he has, the great freedom he has; he's in a unique situation. Something we may have never seen in F1.”

It’s a completely new level on Hamilon’s original hopes, which he shared after claiming his third drivers’ crown in 2015, matching his childhood idol, the late, great Ayrton Senna.

SOUNDBITE (English) LEWIS HAMILTON,
5-TIME F1 WORLD CHAMPION:
“To get that three titles and to win in Formula One in front of millions of people, and be declared one of the best drivers. That's been my sole goal since I was young.”

Beating Schumacher’s seven, though, is less certain with F1 2021 a far more different beast, with shaken-up technical regulations that include 18-inch wheels and an aero package designed for closer racing.

For now, the success continues as Hamilton heads to Germany where he won last year from 14th on the grid, and in incredible circumstances after Sebastian Vettel crashed out - for the season’s watershed moment.

The Brit making his own luck as he flies into Schumacher territory.