Sir Jackie Stewart Delivers His Verdict on Lewis Hamilton-Max Verstappen F1 Battle

Published 10/31/2021, 7:12 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Dutch Grand Prix – Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands – September 5, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton on the podium with champagne after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Francisco Seco


Ahead of the 2020 Eifel Grand Prix, Sir Jackie Stewart revealed he could never regard Lewis Hamilton among Formula 1’s greatest drivers. In addition, the former British driver also said that the Briton had an unfair advantage over his rivals because of the conquering Mercedes team.

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And after equaling Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 wins at Nürburgring, the reigning champion took a dig at Jackie Stewart. The Briton accused the past legends of always speaking negatively about him.

Despite the previous tussle between the two, the three-time world champion, Jackie Stewart is rooting for his fellow compatriot, Lewis Hamilton, to win the record eighth championship title at the end of this season.

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Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton still have a better chance: Jackie Stewart

With just five rounds remaining this season, and the seven-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton trailing by 12 points in the driver’s championship, Jackie Stewart still believes Mercedes and Hamilton can turn the table around because of their vast experience.

“I think both [Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton] can win the championship,” said Jackie Stewart.

Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – October 24, 2021. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates on the podium after winning the race with second place Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton REUTERS/Brian Snyder.

“But thanks to their experience, I believe Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton still have a better chance,” added the three-time world champion. (Translated via Google Translate)

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Max is six years in, I was in my second year: Hamilton

After just missing out by one point to the 2007 champion, Kimi Raikkonen, in his rookie season, Lewis Hamilton became the world champion in only his second year in Formula 1. Whereas, Hamilton’s this year title rival, Max Verstappen is in his seventh season in the pinnacle of motor racing and has plenty of experience under his belt.

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Meanwhile, as quoted by PlanetF1, when asked about the differences he faced in his first title-winning year compared to how Verstappen will be now, Lewis Hamilton replied, “My first title? It was horrendous. The journey was terrible, but he’s (Max) what, six years in? I was in my second year.”

Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – October 24, 2021. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, 2nd position and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, 1st position during a press conference after the United States Grand Prix FIA/Handout via REUTERS.

“I didn’t have all the experience, I didn’t have all the tools except the ones in the car but I was learning all these other tools in order to how to be a great teammate, work with a group of people and help them elevate, and all these kind of things. Which was different for me then,” concluded the 36-year-old.

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Pingaksh Sharma

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Pingaksh Sharma is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been following this sport since India hosted the Grand Prix in 2012 and has been an ardent supporter of the eventual race winner, Sebastian Vettel. He is also a fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull, and hopes the former breaks Lewis Hamilton's dominance.

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