Lewis Hamilton is chasing a record eighth world championship title this season, after he leveled Michael Schumacher’s record of seven titles last year. The Mercedes driver has won four consecutive F1 titles and is the favorite to repeat his heroics this season as well.
Hamilton managed to hold off Max Verstappen in a thrilling finish to the Bahrain GP last week, to win the first race of the 2021 season. CEO of F1, Stefano Domenicali is confident that Lewis Hamilton can win his eighth title this year. He also hopes that the 36-year old sticks around in F1 for a longer time, given his contribution to the sport.
“I’m sure he can take the eighth title,” the F1 chief told Auto Bild. “Even if it won’t be easy, because the air is getting thinner and thinner at the summit. He has to be fully concentrated and drive perfectly,” Domenicali added.
Competition won’t make life easy for Hamilton: Stefano Domenicali
The F1 chief added that Max Verstappen would be itching to win his first title this year, and Lewis Hamilton will certainly have his task cut out.
“The competition won’t make life easy for him. Max Verstappen certainly wants his first World title at last. The ingredients for an exciting season are there,” the chief continued.
Speaking on Lewis’ future, Domenicali reiterated that the Briton was important to F1. “Lewis is important,” he said. “First of all, he has an incredible challenge ahead of him: namely to become the first and only driver with eight World Championship titles. So his focus will be on that,” he added.
“Of course, he is also actively campaigning against racism and for diversity. It’s crucial he feels comfortable in Formula 1 because that’s where he belongs and that’s where we and the fans want to see him,” the 55-year old concluded.