Lewis Hamilton is reaping the rewards of his loyalty to Mercedes. That’s the verdict of four-time F1 champion Alain Prost, who’s tipping the Brit to surpass the achievements of fellow icon Michael Schumacher.
Hamilton goes into Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix off the back of four wins from the first six races of the 2020 campaign.
The 35-year-old now has 87 victories to his name and he’s just four shy of equalling Schumacher’s all-time record haul of 91 in F1.
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Another four wins would go some way towards helping Hamilton land a record-equalling seventh World Drivers’ Championship this season.
And Prost, who enjoyed immense success in F1 in the 1980s and 1990s, says Hamilton is on course for yet more glory at the pinnacle of motorsport.
“The way Lewis is driving, the confidence he has in his Mercedes team, and the fact that the regulations are going to change very little in 2021, gives him a very good chance to be world champion this year and next,” Prost told PA. “I cannot see anybody beating him.”
Hamilton holds the record for the most poles (92) and podium finishes (156) in F1 having eclipsed Schumacher’s hauls in the respective categories.
Many of his achievements have come since he joined Mercedes from pit-lane rivals McLaren ahead of the 2013 campaign.
Prost thinks the six-time champion’s relationship with his team-mates and the personnel they have in place across the board have been crucial to his success.
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“It is unbelievable what Lewis has done,” said Prost. “But you can only do that if you have a long domination and a long-term commitment with a team.
“When Michael did it we all thought it would not be possible to beat his records because of how modern Formula 1 is. But we now have a period of domination with Lewis and Mercedes.
“You can compare the dominance of Ferrari and Michael and Mercedes and Lewis because it is basically the same story.
“You have a perfect organisation with key people in the team and a number one and a number two driver. Psychologically you have a very stable situation which puts you in a very strong position.
“Sometimes people don’t realise what Lewis is doing because he has produced some exceptional laps, but he can only do that because he is comfortable in the team, confident with the team, and that can help you find the last tenths of a second.”
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