REVEALED: The Moment Irvine Realised Michael Schumacher Was ‘At least’ Senna’s Equal

Published 07/03/2021, 10:59 AM EDT
SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, BELGIUM – AUGUST 30: GP VON BELGIEN 1992, Spa; Ayrton SENNA, SIEGER Michael SCHUMACHER/GER – BENETTON FORD – (Photo by Bongarts/Getty Images)


Ayrton Senna or Michael Schumacher, who is the greatest driver of all time? This is a discussion that has long fascinated everyone involved in Formula One. There is no beginning to this debate, nor is there an end. Famous drivers from across different generations in F1 have given their opinion, and this time, it’s Eddie Irvine’s turn.

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The former Ferrari driver, who was Schumacher’s teammate 1996 to 1999, believes that there is no side to choose in this debate; he thinks the German might be equal to Senna.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 6: Michael Schumacher of Germany and Ferrari during the drivers parade prior to the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 6, 2005 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

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I think Michael Schumacher is at least Senna’s equal: Eddie Irvine

As reported by Motorsport Magazine, Irvine was reflecting on the events of the 1993 Japanese Grand Prix when he had a run-in with Senna on track. He had a few words about the incident and the Brazilian legend’s behavior after the race.

“I think the guy’s got a serious problem, he thinks he’s God’s gift to the racing driver. It’s a game of marbles, but wants to keep all the marbles,” said Irvine.

He later said,” I thought he was the best driver by a long, long way. I don’t really think that’s the case now, I think Schumacher’s at least his equal. I think Häkkinen is going to give him a very hard time.”

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A portrait of Ayrton Senna of Brazil, driver of the #1 Honda Marlboro McLaren McLaren MP4/7A Honda V12 during tyre testing for the British Grand Prix on 7 July 1992 at the Silverstone Circuit in Towcester, Great Britain. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Allsport/Getty Images)

Can Lewis Hamilton break Michael Schumacher’s unbreakable record in 2021?

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Lewis Hamilton has surpassed almost every record held by Michael Schumacher in Formula One. But this year, he is on the verge of breaking a Schumacher record that no one thought was ever possible – the most world championships.

Last year, Hamilton clinched his seven world championships, equalling the German’s record. Now, he looks to break the record in 2021, hoping to clinch his eighth world title.

His prime championship rival is Red Bull‘s Max Verstappen. Unfortunately for Lewis, the Dutchman currently has the upper hand; he is leading the seven-time world champion by 18 points in the drivers’ standings. However, Lewis has 15 races to close the gap and cement his name at the top of the premier motorsports league.

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Do you think Hamilton will be able to keep Verstappen’s Raging Bull at bay?

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