Michael Schumacher was expecting the rise of Lewis Hamilton before he retired

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Michael Schumacher predicted the recent achievements of Lewis Hamilton.

The legendary Ferrari driver won seven Formula One World Drivers' Championships during his time with the Italian constructors between 1994 and 2004, totalling 91 Grand Prix wins along the way.

Hamilton has now surpassed that total of wins by coming out on top in Portugal on Sunday afternoon, and is now in pole position to win his seventh world title before the end of the 2020 season.

The 35-year-old has decided to dismiss comparisons in the past, but Schumacher predicted well.

The German said back in 2012: “We all know Lewis is one of the best drivers we have around.

“I am sure that he and the team will have a successful future. The team had the option in Lewis that helped me decide [to retire].”

Tragically, Schumacher might not be aware of the achievement, with the current status of his health unclear as his family keep his condition a secret from the public.

The pair sit well clear of Sebastian Vettel’s 53 race wins in the standings.

Hamilton said after matching the race win total in Russia: “I grew up watching Michael win all those Grand Prixs and I couldn’t even fathom equalling him.

“Getting to F1 was the first step of the dream but Michael was just so far ahead, it’s beyond my wildest dreams to be here today having equalled him. I feel really humbled by the moment.”

With team principle Toto Wolff adding: “It is unbelievable that Lewis has reached those 91 wins.

“For me Michael is an icon and equalling that record is almost surreal.”

When asked about his companions to Schumacher back in 2018, Hamilton told Sky Sports: "I could never ever personally classify myself as the best. Obviously, within myself, I know my abilities and where I stand.

“But ultimately, my dad always told me, since I was eight years old, he said 'do your talking on the track'.

"So I just try to let my results and the results from the things that I do outside of my sport, hopefully, also contribute to that, so people can hopefully create a decent opinion.

"But Michael's still quite far ahead in race wins so you have to say he is still the GOAT."

  • Formula One
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  • Lewis Hamilton
  • Michael Schumacher
  • Sebastian Vettel

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