Lewis Hamilton is earning plaudits left and right ever since clinching his record-equalling 7th Driver’s championship. He is now the driver with the most poles, race wins, and joint-most championships.
And he is the favorite to win the title next year too; meaning he will overtake Michael Schumacher with his 8th. This has led to many in the F1 circle touting him as the absolute GOAT. The latest to jump onto the bandwagon is Eddie Jordan, ex-owner of the now-defunct Jordan Grand Prix team.
The British team owner is a hugely popular member of the paddock for his iconic racing team. Even though they weren’t a top-level team, fans knew them for their flamboyance. They went up against the great Michael Schumacher in the 90s and early 2000s.
So, Eddie is familiar with the German’s greatness. However, he believes that his British counterpart is greater of the two simply based on statistics. Asserting the importance of tire management in Hamilton’s dominance, he said –
“Tire management is so essential. And that’s where I think Lewis Hamilton became, for me today, the greatest driver of all time. I think the statistics point in that direction, in terms of race wins, in terms of pole positions…
“Michael Schumacher has won seven world titles, but I think Lewis surpassed him with the number of wins and qualifying. That’s why I think he got ahead of him.”
Jordan, like many others in the F1 circle, believes that Mercedes’ dominance is going to continue. New regulations don’t kick in until 2022. Of the current generation of drivers, he thinks only Max Verstappen can emulate or build on his achievements –
“Will he win an eighth world championship? If he does, I must say that there is no other person already born who can achieve it.
“It will take someone new from a completely different sphere because time is running out for Max Verstappen. Red Bull and Max, for me, are the only ones who will really be able to offer him a major challenge.”
The Dutchman’s team need to pull their socks up if they wish to end the dominance of the ‘Silver Arrows’. Max deserves the right car to legitimately compete for the title. At 23, he still has time to break Hamilton’s records.