Hamilton sets sights on smashing Schumacher records with F1 prediction

History-chasing Lewis Hamilton wants to smash Michael Schumacher's records into smithereens by winning a stunning TEN titles.

The 35-year-old ace, out of contract with Mercedes at the end of the year, is on track to match the German's seven championships and surpass his 91 race wins this season.

The Stevenage-born star has won the last two races to open up a five-point lead over team-mate Valtteri Bottas and is the favourite to clinch a record-extending seventh win at the British Grand Prix on Sunday.

And the Briton is ready to end the debate over who is the greatest driver of all time by remaining in the sport for another three years.

"I don’t think you can guarantee anything but I plan to be here for sure (next year), that’s definitely the goal," Hamilton explained.

"In terms of how long I go, that’s a bit of an unknown. The COVID lockdown, whilst it was negative in many, many ways, in some ways it gave a lot of life, a lot of energy to focus on some other things.

"That bit of time off was really a bit of breathing space, so it has kind of given me a bit of renewed energy to perhaps go longer.

"Ultimately, I want to be able to perform at the level I am performing at now forever, but obviously there is a point at which physicality and the mental side can tail off.

"I don’t know when that will be but I don’t see that happening in the short-term. My goal is to continue to deliver for as long as I can; I do see myself going for at least another three years."

As F1's only black driver Hamilton has been leading the fight against racism and inequality since the curtailed 2020 season started.

He has been a prominent advocate of drivers taking the knee before the start of races with the majority set to do so again at Silverstone.

But Hamilton admits he still needs to earn his position in the sport despite his prominent standing.

"There’s not another driver from my background coming and I’m conscious of that as well," he added. "I want to earn my position here and I feel like every year I come back it’s not a given.

"Just because I’ve got world championships under my belt, I think you still have to earn the right to be here in terms of how you perform and continuing to deliver."

Meanwhile, Sergio Perez is in isolation after the Racing Point driver returned an inconclusive Covid-19 test result.

The Mexican has since been re-tested and is awaiting the outcome but will not be allowed to race if he has contracted coronavirus.

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