Brawn: Hamilton could match Schumacher
2 November 2017 – Ross Brawn reckons Lewis Hamilton could go on to challenge Michael Schumacher's records of victories and titles before retiring, given his current form.
Hamilton secured a fourth crown at the recent Mexican Grand Prix, edging closer to Schumacher's seven, and is also within 30 of the German's record 91 race wins.
Brawn, now involved in Formula 1's management, played a key role in bringing Hamilton to Mercedes in 2013, and worked with Schumacher for all of his seven titles.
Asked if he feels Schumacher's all-time victory/title records are in sight for Hamilton, who will turn 33 in January, Brawn told Sky Sports: "I think they are.
"When that happened [Schumacher setting the benchmark] I couldn't imagine it being beaten, but looking at the way that Lewis is performing…
"He made hard work of it [by finishing ninth in Mexico], but apart from that he's been exemplary all year."
Hamilton has joined a small group of drivers to win four or more titles.
Schumacher leads the way on seven, followed by Juan Manuel Fangio on five, with Hamilton, 2017 title rival Sebastian Vettel and Alain Prost all on four.
"You've got to say he's one of the greats, comparable with any of the iconic characters in Formula 1," said Brawn, assessing Hamilton's position in Formula 1 history.
Hamilton himself played down comparisons with Schumacher shortly after clinching his latest title and insisted that he is simply focused on improving year-on-year.
"I think, first and foremost, we all know how exceptional Michael was, and his records have lasted for so long," he commented.
"There's one particular record which is going to be very hard for anyone to catch.
"Each year I don't set a goal to make records, I have a goal of somehow... improving certain areas where you feel you could be better."
Hamilton broke the pole position record earlier this season.