Lewis Hamilton, Dethroned By Max Verstappen, Disregards the Reigning F1 Champ as a Worthy Successor

Published 09/26/2022, 9:43 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – October 24, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates on the podium after winning the race with second place Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton REUTERS/Brian Snyder TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Lewis Hamilton has won 7 World Championships in his career. And if that is not enough, the Mercedes star has 103 race wins and 188 podium finishes, more than any other F1 driver. There’s no doubt that the boy from Stevenage has had a glittering career. However, with Hamilton turning 38 next January, it is only fair for one to ponder who would be his successor in F1.

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Naturally, people’s top choice would be Max Verstappen, who beat Lewis Hamilton last year to clinch his maiden World Title. But back in 2021, when the 2021 season was still in progress, Lewis Hamilton didn’t share this feeling.

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When asked if Max Verstappen is his natural successor by AS, Lewis said, “I do not know. There’s a good group of young talent here. Given the chance, Lando (Norris) for me has huge potential, and so does Charles (Leclerc). I don’t know how to predict who among them will lead this sport.” (Translated with google translate)

Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate George Russell himself is another talented driver. The former Williams man has been impressive since his move to Mercedes.

Lewis Hamilton talks about the next generation of F1 drivers

With F1 veterans, like Fernando Alonso and Lewis himself, slowly approaching the end of their careers, he talks about the next generation of drivers. He also reminisced about the drivers before him and states that every generation will have its era.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria – July 10, 2022 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc celebrates on the podium after winning the Austrian Grand Prix as Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after placing third REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Hamilton stated, “I don’t know if I can judge if it’s a good or bad generation. There are always riders who arrive, in my case I did it with Nico (Rosberg) and Kubica, just before there was Alonso, the Schumacher era… there will always be an era.” 

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The Mercedes man further added, “For me personally, we live in a time where this has become a billionaire boy’s club. If I had to start over from a working class family, it would be impossible for me to be here today.”

Lewis also emphasized the importance of making F1 accessible, not just for wealthy individuals, but for people with humble backgrounds as well.

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With no wins so far this season, Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have struggled with the W13. Furthermore, to make matters worse, Max Verstappen and Red Bull have won 11 races and 5 on the spin.

Now, would that be enough for Lewis to think of Max as his natural successor? According to you, which driver will succeed the most when Lewis Hamilton retires?

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Tanmay Khanna

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Tanmay Khanna is a Formula 1 Author at EssentiallySports. He has always been an avid sports fan, with F1 and soccer being his two favorites. Due to his inherent love for sports and competition, he has been able to understand the world of F1 inside out.

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