FORMULA 1 legend Sir Jackie Stewart believes it’s ‘tough to justify’ saying Lewis Hamilton is the best ever driver.
The Brit is properly on monitor to equal Michael Schumacher‘s seven world championship titles this 12 months.
Sir Jackie Stewart believes it’s tough to match Lewis Hamilton’s achievements to these of the previousCredit score: Kenny Ramsay – The Solar Glasgow
Lewis Hamilton is massive favorite to win his SEVENTH F1 world championshipCredit score: Splash Information
He may even equal, after which highly-likely overtake, the German’s file of 91 race wins.
However Stewart, who gained the motive force’s championship 3 times, believes it’s near-impossible to match Hamilton’s achievements to speedsters of yesteryear.
The 81-year-old says that the modern-day racing calendar being busier, in addition to Hamilton having a ‘so superior’ automobile and engine to different opponents makes comparability difficult.
Talking on the In The Fast Lane podcast, Stewart mentioned: “I don’t assume you could account [for] that kind of degree of success.
“Simply because at this time there are 20, 22 races, whereas within the outdated days when for instance Juan Manuel Fangio, raced possibly generally six, eight or 9 races a 12 months in System 1.
‘To say that Lewis is the best driver of all time, can be tough for me to justify, within the sheer energy of what the opposite drivers had been doing.
“Lewis drives extraordinarily properly, make no mistake, I’m not in any method diminishing his expertise, but it surely isn’t the identical.
“Lewis made an excellent determination when he left McLaren at the moment and went to Mercedes-Benz. And I take my hat off to him for making that call.
“However frankly, the automobile and the engine are actually so superior that it’s nearly unfair on the remainder of the sector.”
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On account of difficulties evaluating the modern-day automobile and calendar with that of the previous, Stewart would not even have Hamilton in his prime three racing drivers of all time.
He added: “Juan Manuel Fangio in my thoughts is the best driver that’s ever lived.
“With Jim Clark because the second-greatest, even forward of [Ayrton] Senna.”
Fangio gained 5 world titles within the Fifties. Scottish racer Clark gained two world titles in 1963 and 1965.
On the time of his demise, on the age of 32, Clark had gained extra F1 races and achieved extra podiums than some other driver.
Senna gained three world titles in 1988, 1990 and 1991 earlier than tragically dropping his life when crashing on the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.
Senna luggage second spot with Schumacher, winner of seven world titles, in third.
Clark is fourth with Fangio in fifth.