Toto Wolff shunned Lewis Hamilton in the F1 G.O.A.T debate, saying that Michael Schumacher will always be the greatest.

Hamilton and Schumacher are level in the history books with seven world titles. Schumacher was the first of the two, with the British driver coming in years later and creating history on his own.

The current Mercedes driver has broken some records of his German counterpart, and might have broken the most important one had he won this season’s Abu Dhabi GP. A victory there would have given him his eighth world title, something that just didn’t happen.

Even though the statistics say otherwise, Wolff shunned Hamilton in the G.O.A.T debate, saying that in his eyes, Schumacher remained the greatest ever.

“Nobody will ever be greater than Schumi,” the Austrian told BILD.

“Even if the statistics show Lewis at the front…Michael shaped a generation like no other. He is iconic.

Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton shaking hands. China April 2012
The two top drivers in the history of F1. Source: planetf1.com

“You cannot make comparisons across generations. Lewis is the greatest of his generation.”

Two titans

The past and the present are Schumacher and Hamilton, and they have both shaped their respective eras. They both prevailed in dominant fashion and carved a niche for themselves in the Formula 1 hall of fame.

While Schumacher retired at Mercedes with seven world titles to his name, Hamilton is still racing. The 36-year-old contested a grand title battle for championship number eight, but fell short at the final hurdle after having a barnstormer of a second half to the season.

At Yas Marina, a series of bizarre events saw the rules being tweaked on the fly and the centurion of F1 suffer because of it. He crossed the line in second place, and lost the championship to young superstar Max Verstappen.

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