Schumacher: hero to a new generation
Lewis Hamilton was touched to receive a replica Ayrton Senna helmet in Canada, a gift from the Senna family to celebrate his achievement in matching Ayrton’s 65 poles. But the new generation of drivers, like Esteban Ocon and Lance Stroll, weren’t even born when Senna was racing. They grew up in the 2000s when there was one man dominating the sport: Michael Schumacher.
Ocon recently posted a picture on Twitter of him wearing a replica Schumacher helmet. When Stroll started racing, he looked up to the seven-time champion, and remembers meeting him at the Canadian GP. And recently, Lance has become friendly with Michael’s son, Mick, racing against him in karts.
“I have so many memories of watching Michael race in F1 when I was growing up,” says Stroll. “He is a great guy, a true champion on and off the track. He was so committed, he trained so hard, he put in so many hours and he was so precise about what he wanted.
“He always maximised the performance of the car and lived for the sport. I just hope that he’ll recover from what happened, as it’s terrible to see and I think it’s impacted the motorsport community. We need to remember all the greatness he has brought to the sport, because he was one of a kind.”