The 27-year-old Lewis Hamilton has said that he wants to emulate the achievements of Michael Schumacher at the Italian team Ferrari during the start of the 21st century. Back then, Ferrari were a struggling team due to several mechanical and reliability problems. Schumacher went to the Italian team as a champion, and managed to get them to 5 consecutive world championship titles. It is a record that also helped the German take his total tally to 7 world championship titles. Hamilton recently completed the move to Mercedes amongst a plethora of criticism due to the current form of the German team.
Since the return to the sport a few years ago, Mercedes have been unable to win races. Even with the former Ferrari driver Schumacher at the helm, they were consistently at the back of the grid. Hamilton has now gone to a team where he does not seem to have chances to win the title, but the Englishman is more concerned about creating a legacy. He has compared the way he has moved to McLaren to that of Schumacher’s move to Ferrari several years ago. Schumacher was able to guide the team to success along with a great group of people, and Hamilton has seen the similarities at Mercedes as well.
“I just want to try something different. I’m not scared to try new things. I really wanted a different experience. Michael went to Ferrari as champion, which was more positive. I like to think I could do something similar. He did it with a great group of people. I definitely feel I have joined a team with great people around me. Part of this move is about achieving that next step. I could be a good driver but I want to be great,” said Hamilton, who has one world championship title.