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 don't see myself as replacing Michael,” Hamilton said at Suzuka, with Schumacher having announced his retirement in a Mercedes press conference. “I don't think anyone can replace Michael; he's a legend in the sport and has achieved so much already.
“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.