Not Lewis Hamilton! Damon Hill Believes This F1 Legend is the Greatest British Racer of All-time

Published 08/09/2021, 7:40 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 31, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after qualifying in pole position Pool via REUTERS/David W Cerny


In the world of Formula One, fans aren’t the only ones who can have a favorite driver. Ex F1 drivers have that liberty too. 1996 world champion, Damon Hill, has shown his support and admiration for his countryman, Nigel Mansell, wishing him on his birthday and calling him the best F1 driver they ever had.

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However, some may disagree with Hill and would say that Lewis Hamilton is the best English driver on the grid. The Mercedes driver has won 7 world titles and could be the one to break Michael Schumacher’s record this year.

Hill considers Mansell as the all-time best, not considering Lewis Hamilton

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Hill wrote on Twitter, “Happy birthday Nige. Still think you’re the best racer we ever had!”

Damon’s comments about Mansell being the best British driver the grid has ever had might not go with Hamilton’s fans. They would argue that Lewis being a more decorated driver and should be considered as one of the greatest of all times.

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Can Hamilton change Hill’s mind this season by picking up an eighth title?

Without a shadow of a doubt, the 36-year-old wants to set his own record in the sport by breaking Michael’s 7 world titles. The Knight is currently leading the championship with 195 points, against arch-rival Max Verstappen.

The Mercedes driver is hoping to keep the Dutchman behind till the end of the season, which would see him picking up the championship, making it the eighth one in his career.

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Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 16, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after finishing first in the sprint race qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

Furthermore, signing a new two-year deal with the Silver Arrows speculates that Hamilton wants to leave his mark in F1 by securing more titles in the sport.

By winning eight or more titles, maybe Lewis can change the mind of the 96′ world champion, and start regarding him as the best driver Britain has ever had.

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However, for now, do you agree with Hill that Mansell is the best? Or are you on team Lewis? Let us know 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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