Hamilton: I'm not replacing Schumacher
5 October 2012 – Although Michael Schumacher makes way for Lewis Hamilton when the 2008 Champion switches from McLaren to Mercedes next year, the latter does not view himself as a replacement for the seven-time title winner. Instead, the Englishman hopes to emulate some of the success the German has achieved in F1 since 1991.
“I feel privileged to have been in Formula 1 in a time when…(pause)…I watched him winning all of his World Championships at home in my living room, so to have been on the track with him has been a real privilege. I hope that one day I can achieve some of the things he’s done.”
When Schumacher made his F1 debut for Jordan at Spa 21 years ago, Hamilton – born in Stevenage, Herefordshire - was just six years old.