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Lewis Hamilton is the equivalent of Michael Schumacher for today’s generation of F1 enthusiasts, according to Hamilton’s younger brother Nic.
Hamilton could become the most successful driver in the history of Formula 1.
The Briton needs just seven more Grand Prix victories and one World Drivers’ Championship to go level with the legendary German.
Hamilton’s brother Nic has been there every step of the way for the six-time champion and he’s now opened up on his “incredible” story.
“I could talk about him forever because my life has revolved around him – but not through hateful eyes, just pure pride,” said Hamilton, on Sky Sports’ In The Pink podcast.
“I’m his biggest fan. I don’t think he realises how much he means to me. I’m so, so, so proud of him, and to see where he’s come from, being a poor black kid with actually not much going for him, to now be known as one of the most influential sporting athletes in the world, means so much to me.
“I still can’t believe he’s doing that because who are we to have this sort of effect on people? We’re just a normal family. I remember the days of karting and kids were wearing Michael Schumacher helmets. When you asked kids what they wanted to do when they were older, they said they wanted to be the next Michael Schumacher.
“Now it’s: ‘I want to be the next Lewis Hamilton’. You see helmets of Lewis. And now different colours of creeds are being involved in motorsport, and I think that’s down to Lewis’ impact on the sport.
“Everyone knows Lewis, he wears his heart on his sleeve and he went through a time where he said stuff and made mistakes. He’s now become a very grounded individual, he’s very respectful with all the decisions he makes. I’m honestly so proud of him, and can’t believe he’s going for his seventh world title. It’s incredible.”