I first saw Lewis Hamilton at a race in GP2 where he came through from near last to second in a masterful display of driving. Since coming into F1 he has learnt quickly and driven superbly, topped off with an amazing race in Japan. I see Hamilton as the best raw talent since Senna. Whether he beats the records of Schumacher is probably irrelavent and if he does then it will probably be worth more. There is a saying....The glory of great men should always be measured by the means they have used to aquire it.
No great driver is ever replaced, they simply fade away... someone arrives and maybe is just as good, maybe better. How can you tell? The cars and rules change from season to season. Would Schumacher have beaten Fangio? Hamilton ever beaten his hero Senna? We don't know. There are enough idiots running F1 and far from seeing it as a sport, without we fans joining in. Schumacher deserves his place among the greatest but let's hope others will join him there.