Lewis Hamilton’s winning formula: Brawn, brains… and now he is set for a new £120m Mercedes deal as he closes in on matching Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 victories

How differently Formula One history might have turned out but for Lewis Hamilton standing outside his mother’s house directing in a guest who was to change his life. Lewis Hamilton will equal Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 victories with a win in Sochi. Lewis Hamilton waves to the 30,000 fans present during qualifying at Russian Grand Prix. With Hamilton now on the brink of his 70th victory in Silver Arrow machinery, Brawn draws on his experience of the two most successful drivers in history. Ross Brawn recalls the meeting with Lewis Hamilton to complete the Mercedes move. Brawn admits he ‘cannot think of more different characters’ than Hamilton and Schumacher. ‘It was easy to see the dedication in Michael but not so easy with Lewis — outwardly, I mean. Hamilton’s ability to find speed that trumps the rest was evidenced again here where, for the first time this season, fans returned — some 30,000 of them. Hamilton’s 96th pole came despite a couple of obstacles in Q2. Hamilton’s pole on Saturday in Sochi came despite a couple of obstacles in qualifying two.

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