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Former Aide of Michael Schumacher Strips the F1 Legend off of His 1994 Championship Title Win

Sabyasachi Biswas

Former Aide of Michael Schumacher Strips the F1 Legend off of His 1994 Championship Title Win

With seven F1 world titles to his name, Michael Schumacher is surely one of the greatest drivers in Formula 1. He has second highest wins in the sport and joint-highest F1 titles along with Lewis Hamilton. However, Schumacher’s compatriot Roger Benoit, as per Blick, would beg to differ as he believes the German won only six titles.

Schumacher and Benoit have been aides for a long time, even though they had fallouts in the past. They had several arguments, which led to the worsening of their relationship. Admittedly, Benoit was also critical of the seven-time world champion’s move to Mercedes in 2010.

Furthermore, Benoit’s write-ups also caused Schumacher to be everything but happy. Nevertheless, they mended their relationship during the 2011 Japanese GP when the former Ferrari driver approached the Swiss journalist to make peace.

Benoit believes Schumacher is a six-time world champion

Talking about Schumacher’s titles, Benoit is of the opinion that the German should have one title less because of what he has done back in 1994. That will effectively bring the Ferrari legend down to six and, therefore will hold Lewis Hamilton as the greatest F1 driver ever.

Notably, the 1994 F1 season saw a title battle between Schumacher and Damon Hill throughout the season. However, it was the season finale at the Adelaide Street Circuit that grabbed all the attention. Coming into the last race of the season, Schumacher was leading the championship from Hill by one point.

However, the German suffered significant damage after he hit the wall in Lap 36, therefore ending his race. Knowing that he would not be able to hold on to the race, he turned himself into the British driver as the latter was attempting to take the lead of the race. Even though Hill managed to continue, he eventually had to give up, citing the damage.

With both the drivers having retired in the last race, Michael Schumacher held on to his championship lead and was crowned the world champion in 1994. As the German picked up his first-ever title that year, Benoit believes it was illegitimate and Hill was cheated out of the title by his aide.

Benoit put Hamilton over Schumacher in the GOAT debate

Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher are the only two drivers in the history of Formula 1 to have seven F1 titles each. Due to this, the duo sparked a never-ending debate about who is the ultimate GOAT of the sport.

Referring to this, Roger Benoit thinks it is Hamilton who should have the GOAT status. This is because the British driver not only has more wins and more pole positions but also has all the ‘legitimate’ world championships.

Therefore, the Swiss journalist holds the Mercedes star a level above that of Michael Schumacher. Most importantly, he also asked Schumacher to be stripped of his GOAT status because of what he had done to Damon Hill back in 1994.

Post Edited By:Samriddhi Jaiswal

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Sabyasachi Biswas

Sabyasachi Biswas


Sabyasachi Biswas is an F1 journalist at The SportsRush. With over one and a half decades of love for the sport and five years of experience in the field, he dreams to be a regular at the paddock when the lights go out. A Red Bull fan and F1 fan in general over the years, he enjoyed watching Felipe Massa, Sebastian Vettel, and Max Verstappen dominate the track. Apart from F1, he's also a big-time Madridista and Federer fanatic. He was a sub-junior level footballer, won inter-district quizzes and debate competitions back in school. A travel freak throughout, he tries different cuisines and learns new cultures whenever he's away from the keyboard.

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