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`Lewis Hamilton can surpass Michael Schumacher’s achievements`

Updated: Oct 02, 2012, 08:54 AM IST

London: Legendary Formula One driver Niki Lauda has claimed Mercedes’ new recruit Lewis Hamilton has the abilities to surpass great German Michael Schumacher’s achievements.

Lauda, non-executive chairman for the Silver Arrows, said Hamilton is the best driver in the world after the Englishman quit McLaren to sign a three-year deal with Mercedes.

“If Michael Schumacher could not get the Mercedes team – for three years running – up front and next year Lewis is doing much better, this makes a huge impact on his personality,” a leading daily quoted Lauda, as saying.

"And people will rate him much higher than he is now,” he added.