“I already get difficulty pronouncing the number”- Lewis Hamilton says winning the eight title in Formula 1 would be a massive milestone.
Lewis Hamilton’s new contract with Mercedes is on the verge of getting the final nod, meaning that the Brit race driver is set to fight for his 8th career title.
However, Hamilton is a bit nervous about the objective and claims that it is definitely a big thing. Nobody in the history of F1 has ever achieved this number before.
“The eighth title is a huge thing, I already get difficulty pronouncing the number, but still that will be the theme that will be talked about in 2021,” Hamilton told SportWeek.
“I’m also focusing entirely on that title, with a great group of people around me,” he added.
Expecting things from near rivals.
In 2020, Max Verstappen displayed that he in a Red Bull car can match them, which is why Hamilton is foreseeing a better challenge from the Dutchman.
“I expect a tough year, I can assure you of that,” Hamilton continued. “Red Bull has shown that they were powerful in 2020. We have always demanded the maximum from our engines, but they were faster. Therefore, we still have to work very hard.”
The Brit also highlighted the difficulty in staying motivated when you’re at the top. “When you are growing you can make big steps, in the chase,” Hamilton said.
“But when you’re already in the lead, it’s harder to keep making those smaller steps forward. Sometimes steps that you think you are making forward actually become steps backwards.”
Apart from Red Bull, Hamilton identify a threat from Daniel Ricciardo with Mclaren too, as the 36-year-old race driver’s old team has progressed drastically in last couple years, and Ricciardo is a well-reputed driver, known for creating results.