Damon Hill has highlighted the differences between Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher.
Hamilton and Schumacher are the present and the past of the sport, and both are in the conversation for being the greatest ever. The two seven-time champions did things differently on and off the track.
Hill highlighted the differences between Hamilton and Schumacher, saying that the former has adapted a much more dynamic approach than the latter.
“It’s the standard that they perform at, the consistency. The ability they have to keep delivering that over years is the remarkable thing,” Hill said on the F1 Nation podcast, as quoted by Racingnews365.
“What Lewis has done is he’s created space for himself where he can get away from Formula 1, because if it’s all about Formula 1 you can get burned out, and he doesn’t look burned out to me. He looks like he’s fresh as a daisy.
“There were times when Michael was in tears with the pressure, and then if you’ve seen the Schumacher documentary recently, he does reveal the pressures that he was under, and the responsibility he felt. It is draining, but you need to have a balance in your life.
“And Lewis has fought hard to give himself (that), and Mercedes and Toto (Wolff) have given him that space. They haven’t overworked him. They haven’t used up all his free time, he goes and recharges his batteries, comes back and he’s ready to go again,” he concluded.
F1 Nation podcast host Tom Clarkson also echoed Hill’s sentiments. He then spoke about Schumacher’s unbelievable consistency and ability to do it year after year.
“I remember Damon telling me years ago that what really stood out about Schumacher was the fact that he could do it year after year after year,” Clarkson said.
“Not everyone can do that. Other people could turn a lap as fast as Schumacher, of course they could, but they couldn’t do it year after year.”