F1 expert Mark Hughes has labelled Lewis Hamilton as the GOAT, saying anyone who thought otherwise was looking at it wrong.
Hamilton and Michael Schumacher hold most of F1’s records among them. The two are the greatest drivers to have graced the sport, with each having seven world championships to their name.
The gladiators are from two different eras, and that naturally draws up comparisons. Some argue the German is the best the sport has ever seen, while others insist that mantle belongs to the Briton.
However, Hughes has labelled Hamilton as the F1 GOAT, saying statistically or otherwise, he was at the top.
In his column for Motorsportmagazine, he wrote, “Records are there to be broken – and in Formula 1 they are always being broken.
“Hamilton critics often point out how so much of his career has been spent in the fastest car. Having so many seasons in a super-fast car has of course inflated Hamilton’s total career stats, but that’s rendered irrelevant in this comparison of percentage of victories.
“Besides, being in the fastest car for a big percentage of their career applies to pretty much every driver on this list (of the greatest drivers ever). They were recruited by the teams with the fastest cars because they’d marked themselves out as special. Once there, they delivered – often against searingly fast teammates.”
Best of the best
“But Hamilton’s stats are directly comparable to Schumacher’s,” he continued.
“Looking only at Schumacher’s ‘first’ career and not his three-year return in a mediocre Mercedes, his winning average is marginally better than Hamilton’s – but that was with subservient teammates in a support role, a luxury Hamilton has never had.
“Schumacher’s first career stats would have taken a knock had he had alongside him on equal terms the equivalent of Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg.
“All of which is to underline that although winning more than any other driver in the championship’s history doesn’t automatically make him the greatest, there’s absolutely nothing about his performances which debars him from being considered as a contender for that accolade.
“His status is assured regardless of what his decision about 2022 will be,” he concluded his analysis.