Williams technical chief Paddy Lowe believes that newly crown champion Lewis Hamilton is a better racer than Michael Schumacher. Lowe worked with the Formula One world champion at McLaren and Mercedes. Mercedes driver Hamilton celebrated his fourth title last weekend after Sebastian Vettel failed to finish in the top two at the Mexican Grand Prix. He’ll be out to secure another as he looks to chase down Michael Schumacher’s record of seven.
Hamilton has been compared to F1 greats, including Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost and Juan Manuel Fangio over the past week. Lowe says Hamilton’s racecraft may be out on its own, even in comparison to the likes of Schumacher and Senna.
Paddy Lowe said “Lewis has been much more consistent – not that he was inconsistent before – but he has shown his highest level of consistency this year of all the years he has been driving in the sport. That has paid dividends to him to take this championship.
Lewis was not just a driver who produced the results. Before his first world championship, he was still an incredibly exciting driver. He was also arguably the most popular driver for the fanbase. The style with which he qualifies and races was always very exciting. Lowe said that Hamilton’s race craft is unparalleled. The Englishman would have loved to see him race against the likes of Ayrton Senna. He continued by saying that Michael Schumacher achieved fantastic records. However, his racecraft was not one of his greatest strengths. He said that people love Lewis because they love the way he races.
The 32-year-old will head into the 2018 campaign off the back of his finest season to date. Lowe said: “From the outside it looked to me like his best season ever. He is a really, really worthy champion. He passed a number of waypoints on records this year, and with a fourth championship he is not done yet: he is one of the sport’s all-time greats.”
Lowe also suggested Hamilton’s title win may have been motivated by the disappointment of losing out to ex-team-mate Nico Rosberg in 2016. The Williams technical chief said: “I don’t want to read into his mind – all I know is that he lost the championship last year and that must have been quite annoying. So he probably took that on board and decided to learn from it.”