World Champion Lewis Hamilton has said that matching legendary Michael Schumacher's records still seem "so far away" despite being just one drivers' title away.

Hamilton, who secured his sixth world championship this weekend in the U.S, is just a title away from equaling Schumacher's world record of seven world championships. Although Hamilton finished second in Austin, that was enough to hand him his fifth title in six years and that spoke volumes about his dominance in Formula One (F1) in recent times. 

Schumacher's world records for race victories (91) and titles (7) were earlier considered untouchable, but Hamilton in the last few years has turned tables around in F1. The Briton is now just one title away and eight wins short of the German's records. 

However, Hamilton has insisted that Schumacher's achievements continue to remain tough to understand compared to his own and he has never targetted surpassing the German great in F1.

"I've always said to you that reaching Michael's was never a target for me. I'm not really one that really thinks of records and those kinds of things. I definitely had thought that getting anywhere near Michael was just so far-fetched and I remember having my one [title] for a long period of time, then getting a second one. It was so far away and now yet it seems so close yet it is so far away that I still can't really even comprehend," Hamilton added.

Lewis Hamilton celebrates his sixth world title Lewis Hamilton celebrates his sixth world title Photo: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Dan Istitene

The six-time world champion, Hamilton, also mentioned that it will take "another load of incredible performance" to replicate the success next year. 

"The challenges that we'll face in these next coming months, the next season. You look at these other teams that have really been putting some astonishing performances in the second half of the season. It's going to take another load of incredible performance and work from myself and all the people who are around me and I really don't want to have to think about it right now. And also, I don't want to build up the idea of trying to get to Michael's… to get to seven because at the moment, I've got enjoy right now," the 34-year-old racer said.

"I'm not trying to think of what's going to happen potentially at the end of next year or 2021. I believe that I have the ability to continue to grow and to do more with this team and within Formula One and so that would be the target but time will tell," said Hamilton, hinting that he will not part ways with Mercedes any time soon.