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Sebastian Vettel explains why Lewis Hamilton could make him ‘sad’ at Russian Grand Prix


Lewis Hamilton is on the verge of breaking another incredible Formula One record at the Russian Grand Prix this weekend.

Sebastian Vettel has admitted to having “mixed emotions” about Lewis Hamilton potentially breaking Michael Schumacher’s F1 win record this weekend. When Schumacher won the last of his 91 race victories at the 2006 Chinese Grand Prix, it seemed unfeasible that the record would ever be broken.

But 14 years on and Briton Hamilton is now on the cusp of doing just that.

The 35-year-old has dominated the grid once again this season, winning six of the opening nine races.

A seventh race win would see him equal Schumacher’s all-time record and that moment could come this weekend at the Russian Grand Prix – a track where he has won on four occasions.

At one stage, Vettel looked as though he would be the one to break Schumacher’s record after winning four consecutive championships with Red Bull from 2010 to 2013.

He sat on 39 race wins at the age of 27 but his career has tailed off since joining Ferrari.

Vettel has made no secret of his idolisation of Schumacher and, even though he praises Hamilton, the 33-year-old admits to being slightly upset that the Mercedes driver will inevitably take the record.

“Obviously we’ve spent a lot of years now together here [himself and Hamilton],” he told Sky Sports.

“He will never be Michael to me, so that’s why a bit mixed in terms of emotions.

“It’s sad to see that he will break the record, which I’m quite sure [he will], because in my head it belongs to Michael.

“But even after, it still sort of belongs to Michael.

“On the other hand, I’m very happy for him because he deserves [it]. You don’t win this amount of races by chance, so very happy for him.”

Hamilton has been using his platform this season to protest against inequality and this week he launched his own commission into the lack of diversity in motor racing.

And the six-time world champion was philosophical when asked what it would mean to him if he levels Schumacher’s record this weekend.

“I don’t know what it would mean to me to be honest,” he said.

“If it happens… It’s going to happen at some stage as I’m not quitting anytime soon, I can’t tell you how I am going to feel, or what it’s going to mean, or if it’s going to mean anything.

“There’s other and bigger issues happening in the world.

“Of course it’s an honour, but that doesn’t really mean anything either.”


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