The Mercedes driver, who has now surpassed that score with a record-breaking 99 wins, is driving in the Dutch Grand Prix tomorrow. Last week, he came third behind Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Williams’ George Russell in the Belgian Grand Prix. Interest in former Ferrari driver Schumacher has been building in recent weeks ahead of the much-anticipated Netflix documentary about his life, which is being released on September 15.
Hamilton is arguably Schumacher’s successor to the title of best F1 driver in the world, having replaced him at Mercedes in 2013, when Schumacher retired.
While Hamilton has since broken a number of records set by Schumacher, it has not taken away the fact he idolised the legendary driver growing up.
After his race last year that saw him equal Schumacher’s 91 wins, Hamilton was presented with one of his idol’s helmets by his son Mick Schumacher, who is also now an F1 driver.
Asked what the gesture meant to him, Hamilton gave an emotional response.
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He said: “I don’t even know what to say.
“You know when you grow up watching someone, you generally idolise them, really just in terms of the quality of the driver they are, but what they are able to continuously do year on year and race on race and week on week with their team.
“I remember playing Michael in a game called Grand Prix 2 I think it was.
“Just seeing his dominance for so long, I don’t think anyone and especially me didn’t imagine that I’d be anywhere near Michael in terms of records.
“So it’s an incredible honour and it’s going to take some time to get used to it.
“Honestly as I came into the pit lane that’s only when I realised I had equalled, I hadn’t even computed it once I crossed the line.”
Hamilton has also broken the record for number of pole positions and podium finishes, while he shares the joint-record of seven World Drivers’ Championship titles with Schumacher.
His dominance in world F1 does not seem to be coming to an end any time soon either, as the 36-year-old is still neck and neck with Max Verstappen in the 2021 Championships.
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In June, he moved to Lausanne University Hospital in Switzerland for further rehabilitation before returning home in September. Schumacher, meanwhile, has had a more trying eight years.
Just months after his retirement, he was put into a medically induced coma after suffering a traumatic head injury in a skiing accident.
After hitting his head on a rock, which doctors said would have killed him if he were not wearing a helmet, he was airlifted to Grenoble Hospital where he underwent two surgical interventions.
He remained in his coma until April 2014, when he gradually began to regain consciousness.
In June, he moved to Lausanne University Hospital in Switzerland for further rehabilitation before returning home in September.
However, his recovery was far from over and he reportedly still had problems with moving, speaking and memory.
In September 2016, Schumacher’s lawyer told a German court that his client “cannot walk”.
In July 2019, F1 boss and long-time friend of Schumacher, Jean Todt, said Schumacher was making “good progress” but also “struggles to communicate”.
Last month, Mr Todt said Schumacher is still living with the “consequences” of the accident, but is “slowly and surely” improving.
Schumacher still holds the record for the most fastest laps and joint number of races won in a single season alongside Sebastian Vettel.