When Jos Verstappen Explained What Made Michael Schumacher Better Than Lewis Hamilton

Published 07/07/2021, 7:35 AM EDT
MONTE CARLO, MONACO – MAY 23: Lewis Hamilton (R) of Great Britain and McLaren listens as Michael Schumacher (L) of Germany and Mercedes GP talks at the drivers press conference during previews to the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at the Monte Carlo Circuit on May 23, 2012 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)


It’s often debated who is the best driver in Formula One of all time is it, Lewis Hamilton or Michael Schumacher?. Former F1 driver, Jos Verstappen has stated key points about the two, and what makes them different from each other.

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Jos sits down with his son, Max Verstappen and David Coulthard to talk about the two multi-world champions. The Dutchman shares key details about his time racing against Schumacher and why does he stand out more than Hamilton.

Verstappen Sr feels that Schumacher has more edge than Lewis Hamilton

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Both have 7-world titles under their belt, driving for the most dominating teams on the F1 grid. This certainly has created a huge divide in the fans of the sport, but Verstappen Sr makes some fair points which might cause people to switch sides.

Being asked by Coulthard who is the better one, Verstappen Sr replied, “Well I think that’s a difficult one, but I mean Michael in his time I raced against him, I wasn’t in the same team. He was special, and he was motivated and he was fit, I think he was very fast.

“And the same with Lewis, but I think not you know really can, who’s the better one you know. Or, who had more luck to drive the fastest car at that time, both had you know. I think Michael created more towards his liking, you know. He took people from Benetton to Ferrari. So basically same team.

“I think with Lewis, I mean he made the right call to go to Mercedes at the right time, nobody thought forehand that he was winning six titles with them, and I think he’s absolutely top driver but he also had the top material,” he concluded.

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Can Lewis break Schumacher’s title record this season?

The Knight equaled the German’s title count last season but is determined to set his own record this season. However, this year, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen is keeping Hamilton’s hopes at bays as he is currently leading the title race.

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Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – May 2, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton shakes hands with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Gabriel Bouys

The Mercedes driver knows he has to bring his A-game to the upcoming races, to bridge the 42-point gap to the Dutchman. Next on Hamilton’s agenda is the British Grand Prix- his home race, where is hoping to win it in front of his home crowd, and bag crucial points needed for the drivers’ championship.

Can Hamilton find the edge over Verstappen and regain the lead in the standings, and claim eighth, and finally put to rest the debate of the greatest driver of all time in F1? Let us know what you think 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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