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Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc says he’s reluctant to compare Lewis Hamilton with Michael Schumacher. Victory at next week’s Turkish Grand Prix would hand Hamilton his seventh world title, his fourth in a row and put him alongside Schumacher.
At 23-years-old, Leclerc will have grown up idolising Schumacher and now competes against Hamilton. And he says the duo are tough to compare.
“I don’t like to compare different eras. You didn’t drive against the same people, the cars are very different,” Leclerc told German publication SportBild. “They are two fantastic sportsmen who were incredibly successful in F1 and deserve a lot of respect.
“When I see Lewis on the track, it’s not the same image like I have of Michael Schumacher, although just like Michael, he will be a legend when he leaves F1 one day. When I was little, I always watched Michael Schumacher on television. That’s why I perceive him somewhat differently. I respect Lewis very much. But he is also one of my competitors.”