Eddie Jordan feels the impetus is with Lewis Hamilton ahead of the season finale and says he is the best ever, regardless of what happens.
The seven-time World Champion heads into the final race in Abu Dhabi knowing he will claim a record eighth title if he scores more points than Max Verstappen.
It looked unlikely he would do so at one point this year when the Red Bull man held a sizeable lead, but the Mercedes driver has turned it around with three consecutive wins.
Jordan feels the momentum could give Hamilton the edge in the final race, but says he will remain the greatest driver the sport has ever seen regardless of whether he wins another title or not.
He also feels the battle between the two rivals last time out in Saudi Arabia was one of the highlights of the modern era of the sport.
“Max won here last year, but the impetus is absolutely with Lewis,” he told BBC Breakfast.
“I think what Lewis did more than anything by winning [in Saudi Arabia] and the way he won in Brazil has embraced a huge amount of world audience to his stable.
“And that was the most sensational race people have seen from current – in the modern era anyway – grand prix drivers of what they are able to do with a car and how they do it.
“So beyond any doubt, I don’t think it’s a test between the Schumacher seven titles or Lewis’s… Lewis has already won much more races than Schumacher did, so for me he is the best driver that has ever been.”
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The title fight between the two drivers has been far from a clean one with them coming together a number of times, most recently in Saudi Arabia where Verstappen was given two time penalties for his driving.
With the Dutchman ahead in the standings as he has more wins, many fear he will cause a collision between the two and seal his first World Championship in that manner.
Jordan did not comment on such a possibility specifically, but is unsure whether Hamilton can handle the 24-year-old’s aggression.
“Whether or not he’s able to curtail the fire and, you know, the aggression of Max Verstappen…,” he added.
“And that’s so obvious. We saw that last week at the last race in Saudi Arabia and in previous other races.
“So it’s an enthralling situation. You don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Verstappen starting on pole ahead of Hamilton
The championship rivals will be on different strategies in the title deciding race.