A fourth-place finish was enough to hand Lewis Hamilton his fifth Formula One World Drivers’ Championship title at the Authordom Hermanos Rodríguez Circuit in Mexico on Sunday And with five world titles, there is no doubt that Hamilton’s name will pop up every time there is a discussion about F1’s greatest of all time (GOAT).
The British born is only the third F1 driver to win five world titles, equalling Juan Manuel Fangio’s record, and with only Michael Schumacher ahead of him with seven titles.
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“Honestly, I would prefer that term (GOAT). But I do when I look at other people that I admire who are doing great in whatever field they’re working in right now. I’ve still got things to achieve, there are so many targets, so many things ahead,” Hamilton said.
Schumacher and Fangio won their multiple world titles with a variety of different teams while Hamilton has won all five of his world titles with Mercedes power.
When asked if he could he imagine winning a world title with any team other than Mercedes, Hamilton said that at the moment it was very difficult to imagine or to envisage himself anywhere else.
This is my family, this is where I grew up, but I said the same thing when I was at McLaren. Right now, I don’t feel like I need to go and be in another team to win a title, but you can never say never.
The 33-year-old Mercedes driver is only two titles away from matching Schumacher’s F1 greatest of all time (GOAT) record of seven but admits that the former Ferrari driver is still ahead of him with 91 race wins.
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“Michael’s still quite far ahead in race wins so you have to say he is still the GOAT. Fangio, I think, is the godfather and always will be, from a driver’s perspective. I am very proud to have the Hamilton name up there. If I stopped today, the Hamilton name will always be there.”
Hamilton is aware that reaching 91 race wins is possible and within reach.
“I’m going to give it everything to do so – but I think just one step at a time. The 91 wins that he (Schumacher) has, for example, that’s a lot of wins. There’s still a long way to go but I’m here for a few more years, so I’m hoping that I can at least get close.”
Since he was eight years old, the world champion’s father has always told him to do his talking on the track. Ever since Hamilton has tried to let his results from things that he does outside of F1 dictate whether he deserves to be called the GOAT as he personally could never classify himself as the best.