‘Very Easy for People to Shoot Him Down’- Brawn Explains Why Lewis Hamilton is F1 Driver of the Year

Published 12/15/2020, 11:40 PM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Third placed Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon


Ross Brawn appeared on the F1 Nation podcast. In the closing episode of the podcast, Brawn opened up about his thoughts on the year and challenges like no other. He also wore his fan cap as he picked the driver of the year.

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Brawn said, “I think it has to be Lewis and I say it has to be, in the sense that he has set a new benchmark in terms of world championships.”

Hamilton won his seventh world championship title this season. He claimed the record-equaling championship in Imola. He also set the record of most race wins in a career.

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

“I think it’s very easy for people to shoot him down saying he has the best car, so it was an easy exercise and that’s far from the case. I mean, he definitely won races he shouldn’t have won.

“We think of Turkey and probably the most difficult race of the year. He sat there quietly till the opportunity came to pounce and he won the race,” Brawn further added.

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Lewis Hamilton in the league of legends

Lewis Hamilton holds numerous Formula 1 records to his name. Some of his records are: most race wins, most pole positions, most wins with a single constructor, and equaled the most championship wins among many others.

Brawn also clarified that Hamilton is definitely in the league of Formula 1 legends. “Hamilton endorsed what we already knew. He’s a truly exceptional driver.

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“Definitely, in the higher echelons of the Schumachers and the Sennas, he’s in that group. There’s no doubt about it,” he further added.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action after the race Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace

Hamilton executed the season flawlessly as he won 11 out of the 17 races while he had to sit one out. Hamilton led not only on the Formula 1 grid but also outside the grid with his work towards aspects of social justice.

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It was also announced that Hamilton could be awarded Knighthood, the highest honor of the British Royal Family. He is expected to come back next season with Mercedes and his sole aim will be to grab that record-breaking 8th championship win.

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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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