Lewis Hamilton once called Schumacher a "dirty driver" after near-miss on track

Lewis Hamilton once called Michael Schumacher a "dirty driver" over his team radio after an incident between the pair at the 2011 Monaco Grand Prix.

The British driver went on to replace Schumacher at Mercedes two years later in 2013 and has since won six world titles to draw level with the German on seven titles.

Hamilton could go clear with the most world titles in Formula One history if he wins this season's Drivers' Championship and he currently leads the standings by two points with seven races remaining.

His overtake on Schumacher a decade ago showed his potential to achieve this feat aged just 25.

The race in 2011 started with Hamilton in ninth place on the grid and Schumacher in fifth after qualifying.

With the Monaco famous for being F1's most iconic road race, as drivers negotiate their way round the tight turns in the principality, overtaking is difficult.

Therefore, races often finish with the drivers where they started with the exception of those forced to retire from the race.

However, Hamilton had other ideas as he made his overtake on Schumacher look effortless as he passed him on the Nouvelle Chicane, located between turns 10 and 11 of the track.

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After he had flown past Schumacher, the then McLaren driver quipped over the team radio about how dirty a driver he thought the German was.

Hamilton made the remark in reference to an incident between the two drivers at turn one that had almost resulted in a serious crash.

The Brit went on to finish three players higher than his grid position as he crossed the finishing line in sixth place, while Schumacher was forced to retire after 32 laps due to a fire.

Hamilton replaced Schumacher at Mercedes in 2013, when the German retired from the sport he had dominated for much of the last two decades.

Since joining the team, both Hamilton and Mercedes have become the ones to beat in the Drivers' and Constructors' championships in the eight years since.

Hamilton has gone on to win six more titles to add to his 2007 triumph and draw level with Schumacher on seven titles, more than any other drivers.

If the 36-year-old can continue to hold off the challenge of Red Bull's Max Verstappen in the remaining seven races then he will become the outright winner of the most F1 world titles.

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