Lewis Hamilton helped fellow F1 icon Michael Schumacher decide to retire for good back in 2012.

In 2009, Schumacher, a seven-time world champion and a racing legend made a huge comeback in Formula 1 after retiring at the end of the 2006 season.

In 2012, Schumacher decided to call it a career for the second time and officially retired from being a Formula 1 racer. And during the time when he was about to finally leave the track, the legend admitted that his decision to retire for good was influenced by a man called Hamilton.

According to Schumacher, Hamilton will go down in history of F1 as one of the greatest of all time. And in an interview back in 2012, Schumacher seemingly passed the torch to the British racer, Express UK reported

“We all know Lewis is one of the best drivers we have around. I am sure that he and the team will have a successful future,” Schumacher said about Hamilton in 2012.

More importantly, Schumacher let everybody know that Hamilton’s rise has helped him in making his final decision.

“The team had the option in Lewis that helped me decide [to retire],” Schumacher revealed.

Michael Schumacher German Formula One driver Michael Schumacher gestures at the end of the Brazil's F-1 GP on November 25, 2012 at the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photo: YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images

Hamilton on his part, could never imagine being compared to a legend like Schumacher. In fact, last year, Hamilton addressed the comparison and stated that the German racer is still F1’s GOAT.

“I could never ever personally classify myself as the best. Obviously, within myself, I know my abilities and where I stand,” Hamilton said last year.

"But Michael's still quite far ahead in race wins so you have to say he is still the GOAT," Hamilton pointed out.

Latest on Schumacher’s health states that the rumor saying that his doctor is performing an experiment on him isn’t true.

Schumacher’s doctor Philippe Menasché, known as a pioneer in stem-cell research has warned fans that he “does not work miracles” following stem cell therapy he performed on the F1 star. He also slammed claims he was carrying out “experiments” on the legendary racing driver when he treated him in Paris last month.

“I do not perform miracles. My team and I are not doing an experiment — an abominable term that is not in line with a serious medical view,” Menasché stated.

Meanwhile, another F1 star is on his way to also become a legend like Schumacher. A few days ago, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc becomes first F1 ace to take four-straight poles in Russia GP qualifying since Schumacher.

Lewis Hamilton Lewis Hamilton won his fifth F1 Drivers' title at the Mexico Grand Prix in 2018. In this picture, Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates on the podium during the Formula One Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on Nov. 11, 2018, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photo: Clive Mason/Getty Images