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Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has sent a warning to Lewis Hamilton not to get distracted thinking about the possibility of breaking Michael Schumacher’s record of all-time Formula One titles in 2021. The Brit signed a one-year contract extension with the Silver Arrows ahead of the new season.
“If you start to spend too much time thinking about an eighth title you forget that in between there are 20 or so races that you need to finish in the best possible outcome,” said Wolff.
“In that respect, of course, the eighth title is out there, but it’s not going to be something that’s going to play on his mind a lot, nor does it play on our mind a lot because we need to concentrate on the job.”
Hamilton did, however, admit before signing his new one-year deal with Mercedes that it would be a monumental feat to go clear of Schumacher.
“The eighth world title would be a huge thing,” the seven-time champion told La Gazzetta dello Sport’s Sportweek magazine. “I can’t even fathom the number, but that’s what I’m focusing all my efforts on. I expect a tough year, I can assure you. Red Bull showed that they are very strong in 2020.”