Hamilton had just gotten out of his car to celebrate his 91st Formula 1 victory. He appeared in front of the cameras to tell his story when Mick Schumacher – the son of racing legend Michael Schumacher – suddenly appeared on the screen.
The young Schumacher congratulated Hamilton on his victory and handed the Mercedes driver the red that his father used to drive in his last years at Mercedes. “Congratulations. A great achievement ”, said Schumacher, who overwhelmed Hamilton a bit with the present. “What an honor. Thank you so much. I appreciate this greatly.” Then an emotional Hamilton proudly presented the helmet of the German driver to the spectators present.
“Growing up, I looked up to someone who was so good that he dominated every race with his team year after year,” Hamilton said of Schumacher. “He was my idol. When I just entered the pit lane, I realized I had matched his record. ”