‘Most Complete’: Former Mercedes Teammate of Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher Makes His Pick

Published 12/22/2020, 10:59 AM EST
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


Ever since Lewis Hamilton equaled Michael Schumacher for most World Championships this season, there has been no stopping of comparisons between the two. These comparisons are becoming more frequent this offseason with everyone in the F1 community chiming in.

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But most of these people either worked with one of the two, or are just giving an outside opinion. Hence, they may not have as much credibility in this debate as Nico Rosberg.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – NOVEMBER 27: Race winner Lewis Hamilton and second-place finisher and World Drivers Champion Nico Rosberg during the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix on November 27, 2016 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

The German drove alongside Schumacher at Mercedes for three seasons, from 2010 to the end of 2012. However, Michael, making his comeback after three years, was well past his best. And from 2013, Lewis Hamilton replaced him by making a surprise switch from Mclaren.

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So, when picking between the two legends, he was firmly in his German compatriot’s corner. Believing Schumacher to be the most complete driver of all-time, he said, “The way he experienced this sport, the motivation to improve himself and the team in every conceivable area, that’s pretty huge. I don’t think that has happened a second time in Formula One.”

Schumacher was certainly the most complete racing driver of all.

However, he is not discrediting the achievements of Hamilton. Showing that there is no animosity between the two, he recognized his raw ability by saying –

“Hamilton is a natural talent, a driver from another planet. He sits in a car and is immediately fast, which is quite impressive.”

Rosberg’s record against Lewis Hamilton & Schumacher

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Although he picked Schumacher over Hamilton, his results suggest against them suggest otherwise. In his three seasons with the former Ferrari driver, he convincingly beat him all times.

Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – November 15, 2020 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium with a trophy after winning the race and the world championship Pool via REUTERS/Clive Mason

While in his four ultra-competitive seasons with the Briton, they were evenly poised till the end of the season. However, the driver with the most race wins and poles beat him 3 to 1. While Lewis kicked off Mercedes‘ golden turbo-hybrid era with titles in 2014 and 2015. Rosberg had the last laugh in 2016 and made a swift exit from the sport.

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Yet again, the mindless debate continues. One cannot compare different eras, Hence, both are the respective pioneers of their time.

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Bharat Aggarwal

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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. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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