RONNIE O’SULLIVAN reckons Lewis Hamilton cannot be considered one of sport’s greats as a result of his automotive provides him an unfair benefit.
The snooker world champion snubbed Hamilton from his listing of all-time greats as a result of F1 is just not “a stage taking part in area”.
Ronnie O’Sullivan dismissed Lewis Hamilton as considered one of sport’s greatsCredit score: Getty Pictures
Lewis Hamilton received his seventh F1 world title on SundayCredit score: Getty Pictures
And there are calls for the Mercedes driver to be knighted after his beautiful achievement.
However O’Sullivan advised the Daily Star: “It’s implausible for Lewis to win seven world titles, but when your automotive goes round faster you’ll be able to afford to make a number of errors and nonetheless get away with it.
“It’s a bit like driving round smoking a cigar with one finger on the wheel!
“I feel it’s tough to say the place he’s (among the many greats).
“Numerous the sports activities I watch – the those who have executed it, it’s a must to look whether or not it’s a stage taking part in area.
“In case you have a automotive that’s going a second a lap faster than the opposite automobiles, in idea all he has to beat is his team-mate Bottas – who appears to be snug and comfortable taking part in second fiddle.
“I wouldn’t have felt nearly as good about my profession in snooker if I had been taking part in on a desk the place the pockets I used to be utilizing have been greater than my opponent’s.”
O’Sullivan went on to call seven nice sports activities stars which he claimed dominated on a stage taking part in area, in contrast to Hamilton.
The six-time world snooker champ stated: “It doesn’t imply as a lot as say a sport like tennis with Federer taking part in everybody on a stage taking part in area, or Kipchoge operating in opposition to everybody on a stage taking part in area.
“Snooker is like that, too, with a stage taking part in area. In boxing sure boxers keep away from sure fighters in order that makes it laborious for them to have credibility until they fought the very best.
“That’s why it’s a must to give credit score to individuals like Tyson Fury as a result of you already know they received’t duck anybody and can battle anybody anyplace at any time.
“I simply suppose sport is the place there isn’t any benefit.
“You don’t get to decide on your opponent or have higher tools. So for me, Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Phil Taylor in darts, Tiger Woods, Messi, Ronaldo… it’s there to see.”
Hamilton received Sunday’s Turkish Grand Prix in beautiful modelCredit score: Reuters
Ronnie O’Sullivan received his sixth World Snooker Championship earlier this yrCredit score: Rex Options