‘Dominance detracting from Hamilton’s success’

Michelle Foster
Lewis Hamilton after winning the Portuguese Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton after winning the Portuguese Grand Prix

Losing to Sebastian Vettel in a public vote on who’s the best of today’s generation, Helmut Marko reckons Lewis Hamilton’s brilliance is being lost in Mercedes’ dominance.

Earlier this year, Hamilton made history at the Portuguese Grand Prix where he claimed his 92nd career win, breaking Michael Schumacher’s record.

Two races later he was again doing the unthinkable, claiming a seventh World title with a 30-second victory at the Turkish Grand Prix, this time equalling Schumacher’s record.

At 35 years of age, Hamilton is expected to sign for Mercedes for another two years at least and, with the 2021 regulations staying the same as this year’s, many are already predicting he’ll claim title number eight next season.

But that, according to the British public, doesn’t make him the greatest of all time, in fact some fans reckon he’s not even the best of this era.

A recent poll in the United Kingdom had four-time World Champion Vettel coming out on top with 53 per cent of the vote with Hamilton only getting 31.

The rest of the votes went to Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen.

Marko reckons Hamilton’s achievements aren’t receiving the recognition they deserve because of Mercedes’ dominance.

“There is no doubt that Lewis Hamilton drives exceptionally,” the Red Bull advisor explained to Auto Bild.

“But,” he continued, “it could be that in the hybrid era, Hamilton’s Mercedes were far more superior cars than our Red Bulls from 2010 to 2013 in terms of engine performance alone

“And also the placements in the World Championship of both drivers.

“From 2014 to 2016, two Mercedes always took the first two places in the World Championship, again in 2019 and probably this year as well.

“But Mark Webber never got above third place in the years 2010 to 2013.

“And Sebastian Vettel managed to be runner-up to the World Champion twice with Ferrari in 2017 and 2018. He could beat Valtteri Bottas in a Mercedes.

“That also speaks to his class.”

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Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes won a seventh successive Constructors’ title this season, beating Ferrari’s record of six in a row set from 1999 to 2004.

The Brackley squad followed that up with another Drivers’ Championship for Hamilton, the team’s seventh Drivers’ crown in succession.

Mercedes is the only team in F1 history to manage seven consecutive doubles.

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