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Schumacher and Hamilton compared, by those who worked with both

Hamilton is also set to match Schumacher’s total of seven world championships this year. However, it’s not just about analysing the statistics – what about their personalities and the way they went about winning?
The men who perhaps have the best appreciation of how they stack up are the guys who worked closely with both drivers.
As technical director, Ross Brawn was one of the architects of Schumacher’s successes at Benetton and Ferrari, and then as Mercedes boss he tempted him out of retirement in 2010.
Later he played a key role in getting Hamilton on board, although he left the team before the titles began to pile up in the hybrid era.
“It’s a remarkable achievement,” noted Brawn of Hamilton’s 91st win in his F1 column this week. “Michael always said that records are there to be broken, but I admit I didn’t expect to see this one broken so soon.
“And I can’t imagine Lewis is going to stop here. The way he’s going, he will raise the bar in the next few years to a level that will be astonishing.
“Michael was a driver who was very dramatic on track in many ways and had a very quiet persona away from the track. Lewis is almost the opposite – quiet but lethal in terms of delivery on track, but his flamboyance comes out away from the track.
“You couldn’t have two more different characters. Both have achieved an astonishing accomplishment.”
That lesson in personality contrasts but similar outcomes is echoed by Mercedes trackside engineering boss Andrew Shovlin.
He worked with Schumacher in 2010-12, and has subsequently been a key part of Hamilton’s recent successes.
“The two characters couldn’t be more different,” he said after Sunday’s race. “If you look at how they drive, when Michael arrived at our team, the things that stood out with him were the way he would always go after the marginal. It doesn’t matter if it’s a hundredth of a second, he’d try and do it. He’d sort of collect those up.
“Michael also had an ability to drive whatever balance was quickest, if it was an understeery car that he needed, he’d do it. If he needed to move the work onto the front tyres, he could. So he was very, very adaptable, in his driving style.
“And those are certainly two characteristics that Lewis very much has. A lot of the good drivers don’t have a particular style, it’s just whatever’s quick, they’ll adapt to do it.”
The greats have always been able to multitask, managing difficult situations in the cockpit while at the same time contemplating strategy calls and the sector times of their rivals.
“With Michael it didn’t matter how many things you told him to do on a lap,” says Shovlin. “Whether it was moving the brake bias, where to look after tyres, what he needed to do to get them in the right window, he’d be able to sort of put them all together.
“And again, that’s one that Lewis does. Quite quietly often, but you can just keep layering one thing on top of another and he doesn’t forget it. He just sort of does it. And then if you give him more things to do, it’s layered on top.
“So I think just in terms of the way they are in the car, they’re actually more similar than you might believe. It’s just that out of the car they’re two quite different people.”
Race Winner Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1 celebrates on the podium with the champagne Race Winner Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1 celebrates on the podium with the champagne Even the best drivers have room for improvement – indeed recognising that and acting upon it is one of the defining factors that makes a good driver into a great – and Schumacher was always looking for ways of getting more out of himself. Hamilton was a proven world champion five years before he even joined Mercedes. And yet Shovlin says that he has improved enormously since his arrival at the Brackley team. “If you think back to when he joined in 2013, he is a very, very different character, and a very different character I think in and out of the car. Obviously, our team’s evolved a lot, we’ve got better, but a lot of it is how we changed working with Lewis to get the best out of him. And also he’s kind of worked out how to get the best out of the team. “When he started with us, he was instantly quick, he was brilliant at winning races, he had that ability to sort of dig deep and deliver whatever he had to on a Sunday to keep the hopes alive of a win. “Now, he’s so much more tactical, in how he views the year, and how he views how he works. He’s not just looking for the improvements he can find, in how he’s driving the car. It’s just the whole way he’s leading his life and how he’s approaching the business of being a professional racing driver. “And year on year, he comes back, and it’s this sort of slightly improved version of the guy that you last saw in Abu Dhabi. “But the level that he’s at now is seriously impressive. It’s just consistency, and the relentless way that he just goes about hoovering up the points and controlling the championships.” Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1, 1st position, celebrates after securing his 91st F1 race win, equalling the record of Michael Schumacher Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG F1, 1st position, celebrates after securing his 91st F1 race win, equalling the record of Michael Schumacher Read from source….