Lewis Hamilton is the greatest driver in history, these F1 world champions are convinced of it

Lewis Hamilton is the greatest driver in history, these F1 world champions are convinced of it
Lewis Hamilton is the greatest driver in history, these F1 world champions are convinced of it

At the beginning of the century, Michael Schumacher had taken many of the major records in Formula 1. This was true for the world titles, having brought to seven crowns the reference established at the beginnings of the discipline by Juan Manuel Fangio (5), knowing that he also surpassed the 51 successes of Alain Prost and the 65 poles of Ayrton Senna, in particular, with respectively 91 victories and 68 poles.

Since then, these notable records have fallen into the hands of Lewis Hamilton, except that in terms of the number of world titles, the Briton is on a par with Michael Schumacher (7). The controversial finale of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix had deprived him of a possible 8th title, giving him the status of vice-champion for the 3rd time in his career, compared to twice for his German counterpart.

GOAT (Greatest of All Time)

Above all, Lewis Hamilton has forged a special place in the F1 record books by becoming the first driver to reach the symbolic total of 100 victories and 100 poles, during the 2021 season. The following year, the decline in form of his Mercedes put a brake on his hunt for records, forcing him to wait until the 2023 Hungarian GP to secure a 104th pole position.

As for this long-awaited 104th victory, the seven-time world champion had to wait until his home race, last Sunday at Silverstone, to achieve it. A success that had a strong impact on the statistical side, allowing him to become the first driver to win in 16 different seasons, better than Michael Schumacher in his time (15).

Following this remarkable victory at the British Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton was elevated to the rank of GOAT (Great of All Time), an English acronym meaning “the greatest of all time”, by two former F1 world champions, Damon Hill (1996) and Sebastian Vettel (2010 to 2013), not to mention that Nico Rosberg (2016) had also used this expression a few days earlier.

Sebastian Vettel:

“The greatest of all time. Congratulations Lewis.”

Damon Hill :

“I think this confirms the literal definition of the greatest of all time.”

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To sum up

With his 104th career victory last Sunday at the British Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton was credited with “GOAT” status by two former F1 world champions.

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