Former Ferrari Driver Believes Michael Schumacher Should Remain The Greatest F1 Driver Due To His “Fate”

Published 10/19/2020, 8:41 AM EDT


Invariably, when a discussion about Formula 1 greats comes up, Michael Schumacher is right atop that list. And now with his recent success, Lewis Hamilton will also have a seat at that table.

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While Schumacher was the king of the 2000s, Hamilton was the rightful emperor of the previous decade. The latter has laid his hands on 6 Drivers’ titles so far, and is on course for a seventh this season.

Naturally, both personalities’ fan bases will argue and debate about who the better driver is. After all, they are unmatched behemoths of the sport who are used to winning with dominance and style.

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Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher are absolute ‘giants’ of the sport

Former F1 driver Gerhard Berger was once a part of Ferrari, and raced in the sport for nearly 14 years. And he believes that he would have liked Schumacher to remain as the greatest F1 driver, for as long as possible.

Berger is quoted as saying, “Simply because of his fate. Which is so dramatic that tears almost come to you every time you think about it or talk about it.” 

“Lewis Hamilton is a very special racing driver. He has simply proven countless times that he deserves these World Championships.”

Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates with a trophy on the podium after winning the race FIA/Handout via REUTERS

“I think this is a battle between two giants that we will all discuss on the same level for many years to come. I think these are two such giants that you just have to let it go, that they are the people in our sport who have shaped the sport the most.” stated Berger (translated from Google Translate).

Indeed, both drivers were special in their own way and fought through hurdles to attain glory. It is sometimes startling to consider how similar Hamilton and Schumacher are in so many ways.

Hamilton could end his career with even better records

The realization that Hamilton matched Schumacher’s record at Nurburgring has now started to sink in a little bit. But what is unbelievable, is that Hamilton could take a few more steps in cementing his legacy.

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Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during the race Pool via REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Whether it is championships, race wins or podium finishes, Hamilton could surpass them all. But, everything hinges on how long he would stay with Mercedes. Or for that matter, in Formula 1.

Regardless, the combined greatness of these two superstars would be unrivaled for a long time to come. Until of course one day, someone even better comes along, to beat these feats.

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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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