Mick Schumacher is undecided as to his pick for the 2021 champion, even if Lewis Hamilton winning means his father’s record for most World titles is broken.
Hamilton and Max Verstappen go into Sunday’s title decider in Abu Dhabi tied on points in what is a winner-takes-all situation.
Whoever finishes ahead will be crowned the 2021 World Champion, unless of course neither score a single point in which case Verstappen would take the title by virtue of more race wins.
Their rivals are split as to whether they want Hamilton to win an eighth World title or Verstappen to take his first.
If Hamilton is triumphant on Sunday that will be a record-breaking eighth for the Mercedes driver, putting him ahead of Michael Schumacher on the all-time list.
It was a record the German achieved in 2004 and one that at the time many believed would never be broken.
On his way to equalling it, which he did last season, Hamilton broke Schumacher’s records for the most wins and most podiums, as well as the record for the most pole positions.
Asked for his thoughts on his father’s biggest record falling, Schumacher told the official F1 website: “Well, I think nothing is decided yet, so I can’t tell you how I feel about it.”
As for his pick for whom he would like to see win this Sunday, the Haas driver said: “Obviously, I think my feelings are respect for both of them, that this year only they can win the championship.
“Yes, it will for sure be interesting to see and whoever wins will win – I can’t do anything about that.”
Last year, Hamilton was left stunned when Schumacher presented him with one of Michael’s crash helmets following the Mercedes driver’s record-equalling 91st F1 victory at the Eifel Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton is honoured with a Michael Schumacher helmet, by his son Mick, after equalling his #F1 wins record today at the #EifelGP pic.twitter.com/lPfIoOsCGu
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) October 11, 2020
“I don’t even know what to say,” Hamilton said at the time. “When you grow up watching someone and you genuinely idolise them, in terms of the quality of the driver they are.
“Seeing his dominance for so long, I didn’t think I’d be anywhere near Michael in terms of records so it’s an incredible honour. It will take time to get used to it.
“It was only when I got into the pit lane I realised I had equalled it. A big thank you, and huge respect to Michael. I feel humbled by the moment. Hopefully we have more records to break.”
But one driver who openly admits he hopes Hamilton does not break another Schumacher record is Sebastian Vettel.
The German said: “Well, Michael is my hero. For that reason I probably don’t want Lewis to win.
“But the truth is they have both had a strong season, they are going into the last race with the opportunity to win this championship because they both deserve it.
“So in a way I’d be happy if Michael’s record still stands because to me, Michael is still the greatest. But if Lewis can win one more, two more, three more World Championships, it doesn’t change anything for me.
“And I get along with Lewis. The gut says I want Max to win to keep Michael’s record alive, but my head is quite clean or clear – may the better man win.”
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