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Lewis Hamilton wishes Michael Schumacher happy birthday and tells F1 icon he is ‘thinking of him’

Sir Lewis Hamilton has told Formula One legend Michael Schumacher he is ‘thinking of him’ in a touching message on social media.

World champion Hamilton also wished Schumacher, who turned 52 years old on Sunday, a happy birthday on his Instagram story post.

Schumacher suffered serious brain injuries in a tragic skiing accident in 2013 and is said to be ‘fighting’ in his long recovery from life-changing injuries. 

Sir Lewis Hamilton wished German Formula One icon Michael Schumacher a happy birthday

Sir Lewis Hamilton wished German Formula One icon Michael Schumacher a happy birthday

Sir Lewis Hamilton wished German Formula One icon Michael Schumacher a happy birthday

Hamliton, who replaced Schumacher at Mercedes after he retired in 2013, posted a picture of the pair together wearing the constructor’s kit and wrote: ‘Happy Birthday Michael, thinking of you today.’

Hamilton equalled Schumacher’s record of seven World Drivers’ Championship titles with victory in the drawn-out 2020 season.

The 35-year-old has won the last four and six of the last seven titles, finishing 124 points ahead of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas this campaign.

Mercedes driver Hamilton won his seventh world title in 2020, equalling Schumacher's record

Mercedes driver Hamilton won his seventh world title in 2020, equalling Schumacher's record

Mercedes driver Hamilton won his seventh world title in 2020, equalling Schumacher’s record

The 35-year-old Brit has openly discussed Schumacher's influence on him during his career

The 35-year-old Brit has openly discussed Schumacher's influence on him during his career

The 35-year-old Brit has openly discussed Schumacher’s influence on him during his career

He also holds the outright records for the most race wins with 95, the most pole positions with 98 and most podium finishes with 156.

Hamilton has also repeatedly spoken about the influence F1 icon Schumacher had on him from an early age and after he entered F1. 

Schumacher’sson Mick will drive alongside controversial Russian Nikita Mazepin for all-new American constructor Haas in the 2021 season