Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes’ Domination Greater Than Ferrari-Michael Schumacher’s, Claims FIA President

Published 12/21/2020, 11:40 PM EST
Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton crosses the finish line to win the race REUTERS/Tolga Bozoglu


Lewis Hamilton moved level with Michael Schumacher for most Drivers’ Championships this season. Like Schumacher at Ferrari, Hamilton is on a hot streak at Mercedes. Hence, many are comparing the two teams, drivers, and eras now to find out which is greater.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Former Ferrari CEO and current FIA President, Jean Todt, believes that the current era is the best. Even though he was the General Manager at the time of Ferrari, he claims that the ‘Silver Arrows’ outfit is more superior.

The Frenchman was presenting both the superstars with special awards at the 2020 FIA Prize Giving Ceremony.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

FILE PHOTO: McLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain (L) overtakes Mercedes Formula One driver Michael Schumacher of Germany during the Monaco F1 Grand Prix May 29, 2011.
Courtesy: Reuters

Interviewers asked Todt to compare the two, and he said, “The only thing we can compare is seven against seven. I would say, and I feel, the supremacy, the dominance of Mercedes and Lewis is bigger than the one we had at the time, with Ferrari and Michael.”

Todt was spearheading the ‘Dream Team’ at Ferrari in the 2000s. To this day, he shares a special relationship with the German.

He further compared the two teams, saying, “On one side you have a very structured organized German team, with an extra-talented driver.

“And on the other side, you had one Italian team with a different mentality, a different approach, which became well-structured, well-organized, and also a great driver, Michael Schumacher.”

MANAMA, BAHRAIN – APRIL 04: Motorsport / Formel 1: GP von Bahrain 2004, Manama; Michael SCHUMACHER (GER) / Ferrari gewinnt den Grand Prix 04.04.04. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

The Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton is more reliable, feels Todt

With the advancement of technology, the F1 cars of today are more reliable than before. Every year, teams set new limits, and Mercedes is becoming the gold standard in that department. They rarely suffer an engine or car failure.

Before his absence due to coronavirus at Bahrain, Hamilton scored points for the last two years in every race.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

“Credit to them, the car is very reliable, and apart from the race in Bahrain, which was missed by Lewis. For two years he did not miss to score points in a race, it’s absolutely outstanding. It means [there is] reliability, and the driver is not doing mistakes, it is just a combination again,” Todt expressed.

FILE PHOTO: F1 – Formula One – British Grand Prix 2017 – Silverstone, Britain – July 16, 2017 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates his win with fans after the race REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff/File Photo

One can never truly say who the ‘GOAT’ is, as one can never compare two different eras. The machinery, equipment, and circumstances are different for each.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

However, each of them is definitely the greatest of their time.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

Bharat Aggarwal

609 articles

Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. When he's not following Formula One or NBA, Bharat also enjoys tennis and MMA.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT