Lewis Hamilton is on a stupendous form. With two back to back wins at the Austrian and Hungarian GPs, the Mercedes driver is leading the 2020 standings with flying colours, and also became the first F1 driver ever to win a Grand Prix in three different decades. The question is, can the six time World Champion British motorsport icon touch the astounding records of the phenomenal Michael Schumacher? Former British F1 icon Nigel Mansell says yes!
Michael Schumacher is undoubtedly the pinnacle of Formula One glory. The retired German has won a whopping seven World Championships, a record still untouched. The former Ferrari icon has also won 91 races in his career, also holds the record for most consecutive World Championship victories, winning five titles from 2000 to 2004.
However, the spectacular Lewis Hamilton isn’t too far behind. The 35 year old Englishman is just one World Championship short from touching Schumacher’s record, and already has clocked 86 race wins. He has also won three back to back World Championships from 2017 till date.
F1 legend Nigel Mansell believes Lewis Hamilton will excel Michael Schumacher
Former F1 and CART World Champion and British racing legend Nigel Mansell believes his younger compatriot will beat Schumacher’s record, and establish himself as the most successful F1 driver of all time.
Speaking at the Gary Newbon Sports Show, Mansell hailed Lewis Hamilton, when asked if his fellow Brit will be able to reach the heights of the legendary German.
“I don’t think there is any question,” said the 66 year old, “and that is not to belittle the talent Michael (Schumacher) had because when he was at Ferrari, Michael won three world championships with reliability alone.”
The 1992 F1 World Champion and 1993 CART Indy Car World Series champion also touched on how Ferrari had unmatched reliability back then.
“All the other manufacturers had not caught up with Ferrari so their cars were still breaking down,” the former driver, who had raced with Lotus, Williams, Ferrari and McLaren, also touched on how Ferrari had unmatched reliability back then.
However in the recent years, Merdeces has shown an incredible dominance on the race track, which Mansell believes has catalysed Hamilton’s mastery.
He continued, “Lewis, (Valtteri) Bottas and you have to say the Silver Arrow Mercedes have just done an outstanding job year after year and Lewis has been fortunate to have capitalised on it.”
“I predicted this years ago, it is fantastic what he has achieved,” Mansell concluded.