When Lewis Hamilton sealed his sixth world drivers' championship at last year's United States Grand Prix, he was asked what he thought about the prospect of equalling Michael Schumacher's all-time record of seven. "It is all about how you position your thought process," Hamilton said. "I have always said reaching Michael's [tally] was never a target for me. I am not really one to think of records and those kinds of things.
"I definitely thought getting anywhere near Michael was so far-fetched. And I remember having my one [championship] for a long period of time, then getting a second one. It was so far away and now it seems so close, yet it is so far away that I still can't really even comprehend.
"The challenges that we'll face in these coming months, the next season - you look at these other teams that have really been putting in some astonishing performances in the second half of the season. It's going to take another load of incredible performance and work from myself and all the people who are around me and I really don't want to have to think about it right now."