Lewis Hamilton says he has no desire to chase Michael Schumacher‘s record of seven Formula 1 drivers’ championship, preferring to focus on adding to his current tally of three at the end of the season.
Hamilton became F1’s all-time pole position record holder at the Italian Grand Prix earlier this month by passing Schumacher’s tally of 68, and is currently 28 points clear of Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel in the drivers’ standings.
Were Hamilton to win a fourth title in 2017, only Schumacher and Juan Manuel Fangio would be ahead of him on the title record standings, but the Briton is not thinking too much about reaching eight championships.
“Honestly, I’m working just step by step. It’s hard enough to get these championships won one at a time, it’s hard enough just to get this fourth one,” Hamilton said.
“I’m loving driving more than ever. I feel like I’m driving better than ever. I feel the most whole as a driver that I’ve ever been which is a great feeling. I’m enjoying it more than ever, I’m enjoying the challenge. We have a balanced car alongside a Ferrari and sometimes a Red Bull so it’s great to be able to be challenged by another team and really have to play on your qualities and work on your weaknesses.
“But at the end of every season, you always have a think about your future. You’re always assessing. You set a five-year plan. For me, personally, I set a good five-year plan but it gets altered every year as you add another year onto it. Currently it’s quite clear for me.
“Records are there to be broken so at some stage someone will break them. Whether it’s me, I can’t tell you.”