Schumacher, Senna Never Had Lewis Hamilton’s “Internal Support” Within F1 Team: Villeneuve

Published 04/08/2021, 6:15 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 28, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron


Lewis Hamilton has his name in the record books next to Schumacher and Senna. Many think that Hamilton has the best car on the grid and hence keeps on dominating. But Jacques Villeneuve thinks that Hamilton has always been triumphant due to the support he gets from his team.

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The Knight equaled Schumacher’s record by winning his seventh title last season. Now in 2021, Hamilton looks to set his own record by winning his eighth title with help from the Brackley-based outfit.

The number 44 driver took home the victory in Bahrain. He had to fight off Red Bull’s Verstappen to get the win. Hamilton currently sits on top of the driver’s standings and hopes to carry this form into Imola as well.

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FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the race and the world championship Pool via REUTERS/Clive Mason/Pool/File Photo

Former world champion thinks Lewis Hamilton wins because of his team’s support

In an interview with Corriere, Villeneuve said, “I do not know. Michael and Ayrton have won with cars they didn’t have to win. In complicated situations, without the support of the team.”

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the race on the podium with the trophy Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

“Lewis, on the other hand, has always dominated with the best means and internal support. We should see it without these two conditions,”  Jacques concluded. (Translated from Italian via Google)

The new F1 boss favors Hamilton to win 2021

Stefano Domenicali thinks that the Mercedes driver will win his eighth title in 2021. Hamilton already won the opening round in Bahrain after an intense battle with Dutch driver, Max Verstappen. He leads in the standings and Domenicali thinks Lewis will be the one lifting the trophy at the end of the season.

Speaking to Autobild Domenicali said, “Lewis is important. First of all, he has an incredible challenge ahead of him namely to become the first and only driver with eight World Championship titles. So his focus will be on that.”

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 28, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

He added, “Of course, he is also actively campaigning against racism and for diversity. It’s crucial that he feels comfortable in Formula 1 because that’s where he belongs. And that’s where we and the fans want to see him.” (Translated from German via Google)

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The next round takes us to Imola for the Italian Grand Prix. Can Lewis show his brilliance around the track once again and push the limits of the car and get closer to his eighth title? Only time will tell gives us our answers. Do you think the Knight will win another championship this year? Let us know in the comments below.

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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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