The 35-yr-previous Mercedes driver will match Ferrari nice Michael Schumacher’s file seven at this weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix if group mate Valtteri Bottas fails to beat him by eight factors.
“Winning a world championship is very much a personal thing… and that doesn’t necessarily impact people’s lives,” he advised reporters on the Istanbul Park circuit.
“Something I’m much prouder of (is)… trying to improve conditions for people around the world… that’s the most important thing for me.”
Hamilton stated he would nonetheless be “incredibly proud” to drag degree with “an icon like Michael” and 7 was method past his wildest desires, however numbers and titles perhaps meant extra to these on the skin.
“When you’re in it, it’s different,” stated the winner of a file 93 races.
“What’s important with the journey this year is it’s been combined with the fight for equality and a real growing process of learning what’s happening around the world and being a little bit more aware of surroundings and starting to see progress with that.”
Hamilton stated he hoped additionally to ship a message, largely to kids, that “you have to dream bigger than you think you can dream and don’t let anyone tell you you can’t go for that.”
When Schumacher clinched his seventh title in 2004, many felt the German’s file would stand the take a look at of time.
Hamilton had all the time hoped to emulate his late boyhood hero Ayrton Senna by successful three titles and he did that in 2015.
Those who felt his transfer from McLaren to Mercedes in 2013, as Schumacher’s substitute, was a mistake have been consuming their phrases for years.
“I knew it was the right thing for me, but did I know we’d win six world titles? No,” stated Hamilton.
“I think what it says is that in life we’ve got to definitely make sure we take that leap of faith, do what you think is right for you and not what people tell you to do.”
Hamilton stated he felt refreshed and able to go.
“For me this is another race. I need to approach it exactly the same as I have in the past because if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” he added.