Lewis Hamilton named F1’s ‘greatest champion of all time’ as Mercedes success defended

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LEWIS HAMILTON is hoping to compete for a record-breaking eighth F1 world title this season if Mercedes get on high of their points.

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Lewis Hamilton is the “biggest champion of all time”, in keeping with former F1 driver turned race steward Derek Warwick. The previous Lotus star in contrast the seven-time champion to F1 greats resembling Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost.

Talking to Specific Sport, he stated: “He is a good champion. I don’t assume you are going to get many arguments that will say he’s not the best champion of all time. And I’m placing him up in opposition to Senna and Prost, Fangio and Stirling Moss and Jackie Stewart, all these guys.”

Criticism has beforehand are available for Hamilton that his success was solely right down to having the quickest automotive. Mercedes picked up eight successive constructors’ crowns between 2014 and 2021, changing into some of the dominant forces in F1 historical past.

Nonetheless, Hamilton’s seven world title wins had been defended by Warwick who stated most world champions additionally profit from having a great automotive. Michael Schumahcer picked up 5 consecutive title wins behind the wheel of the dominant Ferrari within the early noughties.

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Lewis Hamilton named F1's 'greatest champion of all time' as Mercedes success defended

Lewis Hamilton has been named the best champion (Picture: Getty)

Senna’s victories at McLaren additionally got here throughout a interval of success for the British marque.

Warwick defined: “He’s gained his races very clear and really dominant. Sure the Mercedes has been dominant, however you want a dominant automotive.

“I don’t know many world champions that was truly the world champion in a nasty automotive so I believe the identical goes for everyone.”

Nonetheless, Hamilton’s bid for an eighth title has stalled with Mercedes having struggled to search out efficiency. The Silver Arrows have suffered from porpoising points throughout all three race weekends and are solely the third-fastest automotive on the grid.

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Lewis Hamilton named F1's 'greatest champion of all time' as Mercedes success defended

Lewis Hamilton’s file has been defended (Picture: Getty)

Russell is the main Mercedes however nonetheless lies over 30 factors behind championship chief Charles Leclerc. Hamilton is an extra 9 factors behind Russell and greater than 40 behind Leclerc.

However, Warwick insists Hamilton won’t write himself out of title competition at this stage of the season.

He stated: “It appears the idea of the Mercedes exaggerates the porpoising however the one factor it’s a must to say with Toto Wolff, Ron Meadows and other people like that, they’ll flip the nook. That automotive shall be aggressive, it will likely be profitable and Lewis shall be profitable in it, as will George Russell.”

He added: “He is combating, he is aware of the odd level right here and there, if the automotive turns into aggressive, he is aware of he’ll nonetheless problem for the world championship.”

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