Schumacher's son to drive '94 title-winning Benetton at Spa

Posted August 28, 2017

Schumacher Jnr will drive a Benetton B194, the auto in which his dad won six of the first seven races before, controversially, beating Damon Hill to the championship in Adelaide. I know I can go faster....

"Vettel did a great race, he was very consistently throughout and it was fun to be racing against Sebastian at his best and the vehicle at his best, we were within half a tenth every lap and that is what racing is about". It is an incredible feat he achieved and I am very proud to be up there with him.

Hamilton, who appeared to be visibly moved with emotion, said: "First, a big shout to the fans here - I can't believe it".

"I think it is highly unlikely that he will be here (at Mercedes), and I don't think he wants to be my team-mate", triple champion Hamilton told reporters at the Belgian Grand Prix on Thursday.

The Briton trails Sebastian Vettel by 14 points ahead of the Belgian GP but Spa represents an opportunity to close the gap with the circuit appearing to play to Mercedes' strengths. "It's a good way of working, but obviously I am not the one who decides".

"I don't really care what the rest is thinking".

The 68th pole position for the Mercedes driver drew him level in the record books with seven-time champion Schumacher whose congratulations were conveyed to him immediately afterwards by former Ferrari and Mercedes technical director Ross Brawn.

Vettel said: "I love this team, I love the people working for this brand". I think the positive thing is that we had very good race pace.

"On the restart the safety vehicle was driving so slow, it was I guess to let the other people catch up, so keeping tyre temperature, given I was on the harder tyre, was very, very difficult. It was very hard to follow in the middle sector, but we stayed close, then we benefitted a little bit in the first and the last sector, but overall the auto was very good".

Hamilton lapped the circuit in just 1m 42.553s - the fastest ever at the track - and managed to beat Vettel, who was leading for most of the qualifying session by just 0.242 seconds. "Mentally I'm ready for whatever comes and the team have shown, particularly in the last race, just how unified we are".

"It was really intense".

And he added: "I feel honoured to be up there with Michael Schumacher as a pole placeman".

"It's nearly insane to think I've reached Michael's record, a fantastic milestone".