Hamilton was asked in Melbourne about the prospect of matching Schumacher, and he predicted he is in for a hard-fought season.
“It’s gonna be tough, man,” Hamilton said. “It’s gonna require perfection from, not only myself, but from the team in terms of operations, in terms of strategy, in terms of my delivery weekend-in, weekend-out.
“Looking up a steep mountain has got to be daunting for anybody but we face it head on. We love racing and that’s what we love doing.
“We’re not daunted by it but you definitely have to take a breather and just try to take it one race at a time and we’ll see in eight months time wherever we stand.”