F1: Lewis Hamilton goes for a seaside run
Lewis Hamilton being compared to the likes of Michael Schumacher is “pointless”, according to 2009 world champion Jenson Button. Hamilton equalled Schumacher’s haul of the most world championship wins in 2020 when he won his seventh title. The Brit also overtook the German’s record for the most race wins in F1, with the record now standing at 95.
However, Button believes there is no point in comparing Hamilton to other drivers from previous generations.
The former McLaren driver says the impact George Russell had in his only race for Mercedes proved there is a lot more to racing than just the driver.
Russell filled in for Hamilton at the Sakhir Grand Prix in December after the 36-year-old tested positive for coronavirus.
Williams driver Russell was on course for a famous victory but for a puncture to rob him of a podium finish.
Button says Hamilton is undoubtedly one of the best drivers there has been but some perspective must be had in terms of his “full package”.
“He’s definitely in the mix [for best ever],” Button told PlanetF1.
“Formula 1 is a very unusual sport. It is a team sport and that was proven when George Russell jumped in the Mercedes car.
“He is normally qualifying P15/P16 at Williams and then suddenly he is qualifying second to Valtteri Bottas and closer to what Lewis managed at the previous race when he was in the car.
“Then in the race, George gets past him and pulls away and was nine seconds ahead at one point. So it’s very difficult to judge the best driver because it is a full package thing.
“It’s car, it’s driver, it’s strategist, it’s making sure every mechanic is doing their job correctly, it’s pit stops, it’s a full team effort and that’s why I love Formula 1.
“But when you try and compare every driver and try and say is it more the car or driver, they are all pointless things because you can never answer that.
“But Lewis is definitely one of the best drivers that has ever driven in Formula 1.”
Meanwhile, Hamilton is yet to sign a new contract with Mercedes for the 2021 season.
However, reports from Italy claim the Stevenage-born driver is close to putting pen to paper on a deal.
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