Lewis Hamilton’s pledge to be “extra aggressive” on observe this season will not be the most effective method, in response to Gerhard Berger.
Earlier than this season started, the seven-time former World Champion informed reporters “you’ll see” he would develop into “a extra aggressive driver this 12 months” following a 2021 marketing campaign by which his title conqueror Max Verstappen was normally the extra forceful of their common duels.
Within the opening two races, nevertheless, there has not been any requirement for aggression from Hamilton, whose most important focus has been making an attempt to extract efficiency from a struggling Mercedes W13 with Verstappen comfortably forward of him within the Crimson Bull.
In any case, Berger doesn’t imagine the Briton ought to stray from the “very serene” model of driving he thinks has made Hamilton pretty much as good as his personal McLaren team-mate of the early Nineties, Ayrton Senna, “on the sporting facet”.
“I don’t know if he can be aggressive like Max was, if this could work in the fitting course,” the 62-year-old Austrian informed Motorsport.com.
“For me, it was so intelligent how he generally provides approach, to not crash however to get it again in one other approach.
“I simply can see with all of the expertise Lewis has, he’s very serene. He used his possibilities the entire time. Besides Silverstone, he simply was excellent.”
As for Verstappen, Berger felt his aggression in 2021 was justified given the depth of the title battle however that will not essentially be the case this season.
“This 12 months, if the [Red Bull] automotive is the most effective automotive, possibly he’ll adapt himself, or do it differently, as a result of he possibly doesn’t must have this aggression,” stated Berger.
“When you find yourself that aggressive and it doesn’t work out, and also you contact one another, otherwise you exit of the race, it hurts.
“Generally it’s higher [to do] what Lewis [did] final 12 months, to say okay, for me is worse if I lose this race some factors as a result of I’ll get it again one other approach. It’s all about how good your package deal is.”
As for the place Hamilton stands within the pantheon of greats in comparison with Senna, Berger has a transparent thought.
“On the finish of the day, for me, after these 45 years I’ve been round right here, Lewis and Senna are the 2 finest I’ve seen,” he declared.
“However I nonetheless put Senna as primary. As a result of the attraction and persona of Senna was one other degree. However on the sporting facet, I feel Lewis is pretty much as good as Senna was.”