Lewis Hamilton Will Never be Greater Than Michael Schumacher: Toto Wolff

Published 12/11/2021, 5:15 AM EST
MONTE CARLO, MONACO – MAY 23: Lewis Hamilton (R) of Great Britain and McLaren listens as Michael Schumacher (L) of Germany and Mercedes GP talks at the drivers press conference during previews to the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit on May 23, 2012 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher are two of the greatest drivers in Formula One; both have seven world championships to their name. Even though Lewis is on the verge of breaking the German’s record this season, Team Principal of Mercedes, Toto Wolff states that no one is bigger than Schumi, not even his own driver.

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The debate of who is the greatest driver of all time in Formula One could be settled this weekend in Abu Dhabi if Hamilton takes home his eighth title in Formula One. However, for Wolff, Schumacher will still be the best regardless of how many titles Britain’s Knight wins.

Wolff feels that Schumacher will still be the best even if Lewis Hamilton has more championships.

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Many hold the Ferrari legend in high regard; winning seven titles in the sport made him a legend. But, history could change this weekend; if Hamilton beats Max Verstappen, he would be crowned as the world champion for the eighth time. But, even if Lewis wins more he won’t be on the same level as the German driver, according to Wolff.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021 McLaren team principal Toto Wolff before the race Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Bild, Wolff said, “No one will ever be taller than Schumi. Even if the statistics would see Lewis ahead. But Michael has shaped a generation like no other, he is iconic. You can’t make comparisons across generations. Lewis is the greatest of his generation.” (Translated from German via Google)

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The Knight is on the verge of making history in F1

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After winning the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix last weekend, Hamilton was all set for his final battle against Verstappen. However, in. FP1, it was the Dutch driver who came on top, while Hamilton had to settle for third on the timesheet.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 10, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

But, in FP2, the Knight redeemed himself by setting the fastest lap of the session. Now, Hamilton is hoping to carry the same pace in FP3 and the intense qualifying session later in the day.

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What are your predictions for the Mercedes driver this weekend? Can he beat the Red Bull prodigy to take home another title? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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