“90 Percent Would Not Beat Him” – Carlos Sainz Lauds Lewis Hamilton’s Greatness

Published 11/23/2020, 5:01 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium after winning the race Pool via Reuters/Miguel Medina


People are running out of superlatives to describe Lewis Hamilton and his sheer genius, which has paved the way for all the success he has today. However, time and again, the car versus driver debate seeks to make viewers think about Hamilton’s dominance.

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Max Verstappen had previously said that “90 percent of the grid” could win if they had the Mercedes car, which might possibly be true. McLaren driver Carlos Sainz, however, has a different way of looking at things.

The Spaniard believes that most drivers, even in a Mercedes, would be unable to beat Hamilton in a Mercedes. He puts this down solely to the Briton’s ability to be the best in F1.

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Lewis Hamilton is one of the very best, claims Sainz

Sainz is quoted as saying, “A tricky question, but I agree with Max. 90 percent would probably win the Mercedes race and pole positions. But if you put half of the field against Hamilton in a Mercedes, then 90 percent would not beat him.” (translated via Google Translate)

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Race winner Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the press conference after the race FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Last Sunday’s Turkish Grand Prix win was a classic example of what Hamilton was capable of. In contrast to where teammate Valtteri Bottas finished with similar Mercedes machinery, it highlighted the brilliance of the seven-time champion.

“If you take Hamilton out of the competition, however, then everyone in the current field would probably win in a Mercedes. That describes quite well what is happening in Formula 1 today. But also that Hamilton is one of the very best – even if he’s the best car Has.” concluded the McLaren driver.

Hamilton’s form at Mercedes proves to be a warning sign to the rest of F1

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Despite winning seven titles and equaling Schumacher’s record, Hamilton is far from done in his career. It is a testament to his desire and passion for racing, that he could well continue winning for a few more years.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during practice Pool via REUTERS/Rudy Carezzevoli

If Hamilton signs the contract extension, it would definitely signal a statement of intent to his rivals. In their pursuit to win further championships, Mercedes will also stop at nothing to meet their objectives.

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Therefore, the only respite other F1 teams and drivers would have are the upcoming 2022 regulations. For in the current state of the sport, it is hard to see anyone beyond Hamilton lifting that Drivers’ title.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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