‘But Michael was just so far ahead, it was beyond my wildest dreams that I could be here today having equalled this record.’
Hamilton knew, when he was a boy and Schumacher was an automaton of success, that the German almost destroyed the sport with his relentless brilliance. Now, after 261 races in 14 seasons, Hamilton is level with him at the age of 35.
A seventh title beckons for the Briton after he moved 69 points clear of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas with 11 of 17 rounds completed. Barring an unexpected turn, a century of wins awaits him on a silver salver.