RONNIE O’SULLIVAN reckons Lewis Hamilton cannot be certainly one of sport’s greats as a result of his automobile provides him an unfair benefit.
The snooker world champion snubbed Hamilton from his listing of all-time greats as a result of F1 will not be “a degree enjoying area”.
Ronnie O’Sullivan dismissed Lewis Hamilton as certainly one of sport’s greatsCredit score: Getty Photographs
Lewis Hamilton gained his seventh F1 world title on SundayCredit score: Getty Photographs
And there are calls for the Mercedes driver to be knighted after his gorgeous achievement.
However O’Sullivan instructed the Daily Star: “It’s improbable for Lewis to win seven world titles, but when your automobile goes round faster you’ll be able to afford to make a couple 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 believe it’s troublesome to say the place he’s (among the many greats).
“A whole lot of the sports activities I watch – the those that have completed it, you need to look whether or not it’s a degree enjoying area.
“When you have a automobile that’s going a second a lap faster than the opposite vehicles, in concept all he has to beat is his team-mate Bottas – who appears to be comfy and completely satisfied enjoying second fiddle.
“I wouldn’t have felt nearly as good about my profession in snooker if I had been enjoying on a desk the place the pockets I used to be utilizing had been greater than my opponent’s.”
O’Sullivan went on to call seven nice sports activities stars which he claimed dominated on a degree enjoying area, not like Hamilton.
The six-time world snooker champ stated: “It doesn’t imply as a lot as say a sport like tennis with Federer enjoying everybody on a degree enjoying area, or Kipchoge working in opposition to everybody on a degree enjoying area.
“Snooker is like that, too, with a degree enjoying area. In boxing sure boxers keep away from sure fighters in order that makes it onerous for them to have credibility except they fought the very best.
“That’s why you need to give credit score to individuals like Tyson Fury as a result of you already know they gained’t duck anybody and can struggle anybody anyplace at any time.
“I simply assume 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 gained Sunday’s Turkish Grand Prix in gorgeous fashionCredit score: Reuters
Ronnie O’Sullivan gained his sixth World Snooker Championship earlier this 12 monthsCredit score: Rex Options