Five time world champion Lewis Hamilton says getting to Michael Schumacher’s record of seven Formula 1 world titles “has never been on his mind”.
Hamilton sealed the drivers’ title at the Mexican Grand Prix becoming the joint second most successful driver of all
time, adding that to go into space is on his list of dreams.
Previously, Lewis Hamilton has questioned taking Formula 1 to new countries and would like to see more races in
places with “real racing history” such as Britain.
The latest addition to the F1 calendar is Vietnam, which is due to host its first race in 2020.
“On the racing side, I don’t know how important it is to go to new countries as such,” the five-time champion said.
“If you had the Silverstone Grand Prix and a London Grand Prix, it would be pretty cool.”
In an interview with BBC Sport, Hamilton also spoke about his future in F1, his quest for self-improvement, and his
dream of space travel.
F1 bosses have agreed a “multi-year” deal to stage a race on the streets of Vietnam’s capital Hanoi from April 2020.
It is the first new addition to the calendar under the ownership of Liberty Media, which took over the management
“We’ve got a lot of real racing history in England, Germany, Italy and now in the States it is starting to grow,” said
Hamilton. “But you only have one event per year in those places.
“If it was my business, I’d be trying to do more events in those countries.
“I’ve been to Vietnam before and it is beautiful. I’ve been to India before to a race which was strange because India
was such a poor place yet we had this massive, beautiful grand prix track made in the middle of nowhere. I felt very
conflicted when I went to that grand prix.
“We had a grand prix in Turkey and hardly anyone came. Cool track, cool weekend but poor audience.”
He added: “If you have the German Grand Prix and you’ve got a Grand Prix in Berlin, I think connecting to cities
where a lot of people are is probably a good thing, not necessarily going to countries where they don’t know so
much about Formula 1.”
“Top of the list every year has been winning the world title. There’s never been anything above that,” the Mercedes driver said.
“Other dreams… I always wanted to meet Ayrton Senna but never got to do that. Try to learn a language, read more
books, find some time to go away with the family and do something spontaneous; just doing random things.
“I love space. I would love to go to space. That’s a dream that is kind of crazy. I’d love to go in a fighter jet.
“I went to Nasa last year which was awesome so that was one of my dreams. I’m massively into space.
“I don’t have the list on the top of my mind right now but, the one I was aiming on at the beginning of the year, I reached.”