Motorsports: FIA Formula One World Championship 2019, Grand Prix of Germany, Ralf Schumacher (GER), Franz Tost (AUT, Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda),

Ralf Schumacher has shunned Max Verstappen for Lewis Hamilton as the “most complete driver” on the grid today.

Hamilton and Verstappen are locked in a title rivalry this season. Both drivers have been remarkably consistent, and have been almost flawless in delivering results. Fans have been comparing them since the rivalry was established.

The former F1 driver weighed in on the debate and gave his opinion. Ralf shunned Max Verstappen for Lewis Hamilton as the “most complete driver” on the grid today.

“Lewis is currently the most complete racing driver in the field,” Schumacher wrote in his Sky Germany column.

Lewis Hamilton smiling during an interview at the Dutch GP. September 2021.
Hamilton (pictured) is Ralf’s pick when it comes to the most complete driver on the grid. Source: planetf1.com

“He has a lot of experience and works closely with the team. Whenever it matters in qualifying or in the race, he can deliver his performance flawlessly.

“He has two years left on his contract with Mercedes after this season. How many wins he can get during that time also depends on how strong the car is next year.”

Clinical edge

Ralf also talked about how Mercedes have faltered in some areas, and how that has pushed Verstappen to the conversation of the best on the grid today.

“The superiority is there, but not as it used to be. Accordingly, it is also noticeable that Mercedes makes mistakes now and then,” Ralf said.  

“Be it strategically, or Hamilton himself not coming into the pits in Hungary, or not realising now in Sochi qualifying that he has to change tyres. These mistakes contribute to keeping the World Championship battle exciting,” he concluded.  

There was another case to be made for Verstappen as he battled back from P20 to an astonishing P2 at the Russian GP. That is the nature of this title race, with both drivers dropping masterclasses and trying to one-up each other.

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