Debate has raged for a while now over who the best Method One driver is between Lewis Hamilton or Michael Schumacher.
The argument bubbled up once more lately after the Brit equalled Schumacher’s report of 91 race wins. He’s additionally on track to stage with the F1 icon on seven world championships this season.
Sebastian Vettel declared that his German compatriot, who continues his restoration from a life-changing snowboarding accident in 2013, stays unrivalled as the most effective he is ever seen.
However there are various who disagree and a few level not solely to Hamilton’s unimaginable profitable report but additionally the clear driving model.
Whereas it’s in fact tough to match two juggernauts with totally different eras, automobiles and rule modifications, the argument is an inevitable one and a number of the nice names within the sport have weighed in with their verdicts.
Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher are actually each stage on 91 Method One race wins
Hamilton is on track to equal Schumacher’s seven world championships and was introduced with a helmet belonging to the German by his son Mick after matching his win report
The German is thought to be an all time nice however there’s debate over who’s the best
Groups: McLaren, Mercedes
Complete begins: 261
Pole positions: 96
World Championships: 6
Groups: Jordan, Benetton, Ferrari, Mercedes
Complete begins: 306
Pole positions: 96
World Championships: 6
TEAM SCHUMACHER –
The German sided together with his childhood hero and compatriot regardless of paying tribute to Hamilton’s outstanding achievement of 91 wins.
‘I believe I am unable to respect his (Hamilton’s) efforts sufficient,’ he instructed Motorsport.com
‘It has been the quantity in my head that I believed would by no means be crushed or equalled. I believe we will be fairly sure he’ll exceed this quantity.
‘Nonetheless, I’ve to say that Michael will at all times be my hero. And I believe Michael had one thing about him that I have never seen in one other driver up to now.’
‘I believe he was higher than anyone else I’ve ever seen up to now. I believe he had a pure expertise that could be very tough to clarify.’
‘On prime of that, he had an unimaginable work ethic, however I believe it is the mixture of the 2 that for me stands out. I have never seen a match but.
Sebastian Vettel (L) believes Schumacher (R) was higher than his rival Hamilton
Fernando Alonso –
Alonso has locked horns with Hamilton down the years however the two-time world champion doesn’t price his outdated rival as on the identical stage as Schumacher.
He believes that what units them aside is the truth that Hamilton has twice been crushed to the title by team-mates in the identical automotive.
He mentioned: ‘It’s tough. These are totally different eras and automobiles with totally different ranges of efficiency.
‘I keep in mind Michael as a driver who is tough to beat, one with the best expertise.
‘He had that little bit further. Lewis is superb and the most effective of his era however he didn’t win the championship with McLaren when he was a teammate of Jenson Button At Mercedes, Nico Rosberg additionally received it.
‘Michael by no means had such issues. He at all times received. For me, Michael is one step forward.’
Fernando Alonso believes the German is the motive force with probably the most quantity of expertise ever
Murray Walker –
The legendary former motorsport broadcaster is properly positioned to supply his opinion having labored on so many races the place each males have been concerned.
His reasoning for siding with Hamilton is that Schumacher grew to become famend for ruthless, often blatantly unfair ways to win or forestall others profitable.
By way of a disciplinary report, Hamilton is squeaky clear as compared.
Walker mentioned: ‘In my view – and that is very contentious certainly – higher than both Schumacher or Senna as a result of each of them, Schumacher and Senna, adopted at varied instances of their profession, extremely debatable driving ways.
‘Like Schumacher stopping intentionally at Monaco to forestall [Fernando Alonso] getting pole place, like Schumacher colliding with Villeneuve at Jerez in 1997, like Senna with [Alain] Prost in 1990 in Japan.
‘Lewis Hamilton has by no means been something like that. He is at all times pushed as clear as a whistle.
‘He is a particularly good, gigantically gifted driver, and I do not assume we have ever seen anyone like him earlier than.’
Murray Walker’s voice was synonymous with F1 for a few years and he picks Hamilton
Mark Webber –
The Australia Method One veteran spent 11 years within the sport and echoed Walker’s sentiments about Hamilton’s refusal to battle soiled.
‘I might take Lewis over Michael due to his completeness,’ he mentioned.
‘I’m not saying Michael wasn’t something as a result of we’re evaluating two juggernauts. Michael put our sport into a complete new stratosphere when it comes to health and method. He was a unprecedented pioneer.
‘However a few of Michael’s numbers are challenged when it comes to how he went about sure issues. So, Lewis, when it comes to how medical he’s, how he has carried out some fairly particular stuff in weaker automobiles, I might have him by a whisker.
‘When he can odor victories and the actual stuff, which is profitable championships, he’s completely horrifying.’
When Lewis is eight out of 10, he’s particular, however when he’s 10 out of 10, going for it and is hungry, he’s just about unbeatable.’
Mark Webber is one other former star to aspect with Hamilton and never his clear driving model
Jacques Villeneuve –
Villeneuve and Schumacher clashed throughout their title battle of 1997 and the German appeared to intentionally crash into his rival within the closing race of the season. Schumacher was disqualified from the race and the transfer backfired anyway, permitting Villeneuve to go on and declare the championship.
It’s maybe unsurprising then that he charges Hamilton above his outdated foe.
‘I might price Lewis above Michael, by miles,’ he declared.
‘There’s little or no negativity with Hamilton. You may like or not the best way he’s in life however there’s nothing nasty or destructive with it. There’s nothing nasty in the direction of his opponents. There’s respect in the direction of his opponents,’ he emphasised.
‘There isn’t any query mark on ‘Is he dishonest or not? Has he been soiled?’. That makes a giant distinction.
‘And that is how each champion needs to be.’
Schumacher tried to take out Jaques Villeneuve (left) within the Jerez GP again in 1997
Eddie Irvine –
Irvine could have Ferrari loyalties however his verdict was a lot the identical as the opposite pro-Hamilton advocates.
He instructed Frontway: ‘Hamilton’s most likely the most effective racer that is ever been.
‘As a racer, one-on-one with one other man, I believe he is the most effective. A lot better than Michael [Schumacher] was, a lot better than [Ayrton] Senna.
‘He very seldom will get concerned in accidents, Hamilton, as a result of he is so centered on driving his automotive to get forward. He is most likely the cleanest driver we have had in a protracted, very long time.’
Eddie Irvine thinks that Hamilton has surpassed each Schumacher and Ayrton Senna
Eddie Jordan –
Jordan was the person who gave Schumacher his Method One debut however after one race the German was lured away by Benetton.
He believes the enjoying discipline was moved in Schumacher’s favour, a key motive for his success.
Jordan defined to talkSPORT: ‘Everybody has their very own view on this, however I’m of the view Hamilton has already surpassed Michael.
‘Michael began with me so there’s a love affair there, however there’s a scenario some individuals could not absolutely grasp.
‘On the time I dealt with individuals like [Rubens] Barrichello, [Eddie] Irvine, [Giancarlo] Fisichella and [Jean] Alesi, and each time we went to signal a contract with Michael Schumacher or Ferrari it at all times had situations in it.
‘You may’t have that in a aggressive sport, the place one a part of the group dictates to the opposite.
‘For me, that may be a flaw issue for Michael. Seven World Championships… what number of would he have received if he hadn’t had the affect and help of the opposite individuals within the group? And I am not simply speaking about group members – I am speaking concerning the drivers.
‘Lewis is already in a distinct league, for my part. He is carried out it on his personal.’
Eddie Jordan places Hamilton manner above the place Schumacher was as No 1 within the sport
Rubens Barichello –
The Brazilian is one other F1 Ferrari alumni however thinks Hamilton is the entire bundle.
‘Hamilton has a expertise that’s probably even better than that of Ayrton and Schumacher,’ he instructed ESPN Brasil.
‘The one factor he lacked was maturity. He has progressed on that, and now you see the ultimate product.’
‘The proper driver would have Ayrton’s ability, Schumacher’s braveness and Hamilton’s coordination. It could be one thing to see!’
Rubens Barichello, former Ferrari driver (centre), believes Hamilton may have probably the most expertise
Jenson Button –
Button has seen at shut quarters how gifted Hamilton is as his team-mate for 3 years at McLaren.
Whereas he didn’t instantly examine the 2 greats, he ranked Hamilton as probably the most gifted driver he is seen.
‘Lewis’s pure capacity is extraordinary,’ Button instructed the Night Normal. ‘He is most likely probably the most naturally gifted driver ever and he appears as decided as ever.
‘When I was his team-mate, he’d do issues on monitor that might simply go away me saying, ‘Wow’.
‘For instance, I might be faster all weekend after which, bam, he’d come out in qualifying and be three-tenths of a second faster than me. He is superb at pushing the automotive to absolutely the restrict.’
Jenson Button (proper) was Lewis Hamilton’s team-mate earlier than he retired from racing
SITTING ON THE FENCE –
Toto Wolff –
Given Wolff’s lengthy and fruitful partnership with Hamilton because the Mercedes group principal, you’d assume he would come down on his driver’s aspect of the talk.
However he was diplomatic and selected to not decide between him and Schumacher.
‘Lewis, for my part, together with Michael, are the most effective we’ve ever seen,’ Wolff instructed The Nationwide.
‘We’re solely going to understand when he retires in the future. We are inclined to by no means acknowledge anyone’s nice efficiency whereas it occurs.
‘We’re at all times stuffed with the kinds of people that retire or die. However they’re by no means saying ‘This man is actually unbelievable, we’re alive to witness an distinctive performer’.
Toto Wolff (centre) believes Hamilton (left) and Schumacher are the 2 biggest ever
Bernie Ecclestone –
The previous Method One chief government has seen it everywhere in the years however believes the talk is not possible to resolve because of the distinction eras.
He instructed Firstpost: ‘You can not say something unhealthy about Lewis, you can not say he isn’t good, that isn’t the purpose.
‘How good he’s in comparison with anyone else, properly he’s tremendous, tremendous gifted and could be amongst the highest 5 drivers for the final 30 years.
‘Was he higher than Michael? Would Michael have been higher in that automotive (Mercedes)? You may’t say.’
Bernie Ecclestone thinks it’s not possible to match drivers from totally different eras correctly
Ross Brawn –
The Method One managing director believes there are a selection of parallels between each legendary drivers.
Following Hamilton equalling Schumacher’s race wins report, Brawn wrote in his column for the F1 web site: ‘It is a outstanding achievement. Michael at all times mentioned that information are there to be damaged, however I admit I did not anticipate to see this one damaged so quickly.
‘And I am unable to think about Lewis goes to cease right here. The way in which he is going, he’ll increase the bar within the subsequent few years to a stage that will likely be astonishing.
‘Michael was a driver who was very dramatic on monitor in some ways and had a really quiet persona away from the monitor. Lewis is sort of the other – quiet however deadly when it comes to supply on monitor, however his flamboyance comes out away from the monitor.
‘You could not have two extra totally different characters. Each have achieved an astonishing accomplishment.’
Ross Brawn believes there are a selection of parallels between Hamilton and Schumacher