Hamilton downplays outright record

09 December 2017 08:36:55 EST

Lewis Hamilton has admitted he can't see himself breaking Michael Schumacher's record of seven world titles in his career.

The Englishman managed to secure title number four this year, seeing off the challenge of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who also has four Drivers' Championships to his name, with relative ease.

Argentine Juan Manuel Fangio secured five titles in the 1950s, while Schumacher dominated in the sport in the 1990s and 2000s.

Hamilton has admitted eight crowns might be a stretch but does have equalling Fangio's record in his sights ahead of the 2018 Formula One campaign.

He said: "I can't see it (beating Schumacher) at the moment. Four more. It has taken me 10 years to achieve this four.

"I don't have that desire to match it. Matching Fangio could be quite cool."

However Hamilton believes that the number of titles he wins is not the be all and end all and he hopes to be remembered for more than just championships.

He added said: "When I am older and look back, I don't think the amount of titles I have is going to define what I am as a driver or who I am.

"How I work with the team, how I drive the car, every time I drive the car and extract it from the car - that's what I feel inside defines me."

Hamilton is 1/500 to win the title in 2018, while Vettel is 50/1 to be crowned champion.

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