Ricciardo Dissects What Separates Lewis Hamilton ‘from the Good and the Greats’

Published 12/26/2020, 5:05 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon


As Formula 1’s 2020 season wrapped up, the indomitable Lewis Hamilton stood at the top of the championship. The Briton claimed a record-equaling seven world championships and scored 347 points, finishing 124 points ahead of Bottas in P2.

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While Hamilton was busy out-performing everyone else on the grid, Daniel Ricciardo was defeating his previous self.

Ricciardo significantly improved on his 2019 performance. He finished P5 on the standings with 119 points, as opposed to P9 with 54 points lats year.

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Daniel Ricciardo predicted at the beginning of the season that Lewis Hamilton will win another championship. In a recent podcast, The Australian shared his opinion on Hamilton’s win and what makes the Briton one of the greats.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 13, 2020 Third placed Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the press conference after the race FIA/Handout via REUTERS

“He’s normally nailing his starts, and he’s clean. He just executes well when it counts, and I think that’s really what separates the good and the greats,” he further added.

Ricciardo explains Lewis Hamilton delivers when it matters

A race weekend starts from Friday when the drivers are out for their first practice sessions. This is followed by qualifying on Saturday and then the race on Sunday. Ricciardo also points out that Hamilton‘s ability to deliver under pressure also makes him stand out from the rest.

He said, “A lot of drivers can be quick on a Friday practice, but can they be quick in Q3 at a Saturday when it counts? You can have all the talent in the world but if you don’t shine under the lights then what’s it good for?”

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Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – November 29, 2020 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have dominated the era. Even though his contract with Mercedes ended this season, it is widely expected that the Silver Arrows will renew their partnership with him.

Hamilton has expressed that as a part of the new contract, he would like more time with his family. There are also rumors that the seven-time champion has asked for a significant pay rise. Mercedes had announced that the contract negotiations will start by Christmas and hopefully, we will have an official announcement by early 2021.

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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