F1 Legend Stewart “Disappointed” With Lewis Hamilton Over Recent War Of Words

Published 10/14/2020, 2:13 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton wearing a face mask during a press conference after winning the race FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Lewis Hamilton created history on Sunday as he clinched the top spot of the podium at the Eifel Grand Prix. His emphatic victory saw him equal the long-standing record of 91 wins by Michael Schumacher.

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And as far as Hamilton is concerned, his record-breaking spree is far from over. Should he continue with the team, there could be a flurry of records created by Hamilton.

However, success begets criticism, and Hamilton recently opened up about how he has been at the receiving end of a fair share of hate from the veterans of the sport.

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In response to those comments, one of the old-timers, Sir Jackie Stewart, has given his own justification. He had recently spoken in a podcast about how Hamilton did not rank among the greatest drivers he had ever seen.

Stewart is quoted as saying, “I am not trying to diminish Lewis Hamilton and I hold his performances with incredible respect. He is the best driver of the present time.

Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during an interview having received a red helmet from Mick Schumacher after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon

“I am not knocking him down and I am disappointed he thinks that way. What do I have to gain from that? I am 81 years of age.

“I was asked what did I think about Lewis becoming the most winning driver of all time and if that made him the greatest there has been.”

Stewart was rightfully a racing legend of his own time. A three-time Drivers’ champion, the ‘Flying Scot’ raced with a myriad of good drivers and participated in other racing events as well.

There can never be one best F1 driver of all-time

The reasoning behind this statement is quite sound. For instance, the eras and machinery were different at various points in time, a factor that directly impacts the racing talent and records that some drivers create.

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“I was asked what did I think about Lewis becoming the most winning driver of all time and if that made him the greatest there has been.

Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon

“I said it is very difficult to say that. The greatest I believe there has been is Juan Manuel Fangio, followed by Jim Clark. But even then, is it correct to say someone is the best?” commented Stewart.

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Regardless of whether or not Hamilton is the greatest of all time, he has now proved that he is right up there with the best of the best.

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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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