KNUTSON: Is it the biggest driver of Hamilton F-1? – Motorsports

Dan Natson.
Lewis Hamilton has established himself as one of the greatest F1 drivers ever, is he the best ever? (LAT image photo)
Dan Natson.

Bloomington, Minnesota-According to Michael Schumacher, the record was broken.

So is Lewis Hamilton the best F1 driver ever?

His victory at the Turkish Grand Prix was Schumacher’s 94th F1 career as he continued to break the record of 91 F1 victories so far. Hamilton can easily win over 100 wins as early as next season.

Hamilton’s victory in Turkey also closed his seventh World Championship, which tied the record set by Schumacher. And Hamilton isn’t slowing down, so more world championships are possible.

“In every sport, there’s a lot of talk about the best, the past, and the present, and I think it’s almost impossible to compare,” Hamilton said. “There’s all the story of who is who and who isn’t, but it doesn’t matter to me. The important thing is the journey. That’s what we did along the way and the obstacles you faced. And who Are traveling differently. “

Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel has declared Hamilton the greatest F-1 driver of his time.

“I think he’s definitely the best of our time,” Vettel said. “It’s always hard to compare. How can you compare Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss with our generation? No. Maybe we all scare ourselves with those cars. So it won’t help. It might not help in our car because it’s too fast. Do you know? But that doesn’t matter. I think there’s that driver in all ages. Lewis certainly The greatest of our time.

“For me, emotionally, Michael (Schumacher) will always be the biggest driver, but there is no doubt that Lewis is the best in what he has achieved. He is comparable to the championship. I think he did everything you could ask for, because he won more races and had more pole positions. I think he deserves everything he has achieved. “

It is certainly difficult to compare the times. In recent years, there have been about 20 races per season. In the 1950s, most seasons had only 7, 8, or 9 races. In the 1960s there were 9-12 races. In the 1970s there were up to 16 races.

You can compare the winning percentage.

Fangio won 24 of the 51 Championship F-1 races he fought — 47.06 percent. Jackie Stewart won 27 out of 99 races — 27.27 percent. Alain Prost had 51 wins out of 199 races, 25.62%. 41 to 25.46 percent of Ayrton Senna 161. Alberto Ascari won 13 out of 32 — 40.63 percent. Moss won 16 of 66 races — 24.24 percent.

Schumacher won 91 times with 307 starts — 29.64 percent. Had Schumacher not made an F1 comeback, the number of Schumacher would have been quite different. When he retired at the end of 2006, he won 91 wins with 249 starts — 36.54 percent.

Schumacher participated in 58 races in a three-year return with Mercedes from 2010 to 2012, but did not win any of them. In fact, he finished only one podium in the last three years and finished third in 2012.

To be fair to Schumacher, Mercedes was still building a team at the time. I didn’t start winning many races in Hamilton until 2014.

Hamilton’s victory in Turkey was 35.61 percent for the 94th time in 264 races.

Stewart says it’s easier to win more races now because there are more races in the season.

“I have a lot of respect for the legends of the past, even those who always talk negatively about me,” Hamilton said. “I still appreciate them because I know it was a different time in history. It was incredibly hard for them.”

Hamilton has averaged 10 wins of the season since 2014.

“Hopefully we can break and make more records,” he said. “I’m not done yet. I still feel I can improve. I still feel I’m driving at a really good level.”

– Motorsports

KNUTSON: Is it the biggest driver of Hamilton F-1? KNUTSON: Is it the biggest driver of Hamilton F-1?

Back to top button