“He would be staring in the eyes of his equal [Hamilton]”- David Coulthard thinks Lewis Hamilton has earned to be compared with Michael Schumacher.
Lewis Hamilton with his 7th title win has proclaimed his dominance across the sport, especially when it comes to the conr=temporary times. However, when it comes to the comparisons with Michale Schumacher, there’s a huge room of arguments.
Though, rightly so, but few romantics of Schumacher doesn’t even want the name of Hamilton near to the legacy of the former German racer. But David Coulthard who had competed against Schumacher in his prime doesn’t feel so.
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He told Stats Perform News: “There is no question that if Michael was still racing today, at his prime, he would be staring in the eyes of his equal [Hamilton].
“Because I think Michael is exceptional and I think Lewis is exceptional. And I think the way that he won his championship in Istanbul was the perfect way to show how good he is.
“Coming from sixth on the grid, in very difficult conditions and to win by what was quite a big margin in the end. So there should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that he is the real deal and not only is he one of the best drivers of his generation, arguably he is one of the best drivers in the history of the sport.”
Ferrari will come back stronger
While talking about the much-heated debate, Coulthard also touched upon the most prolific F1 team of all time, who are in their dark ages, but he feels that the Italian team will make a comeback soon.
“It is obviously very disappointing this year for Ferrari fans around the world, and of course very disappointing for Ferrari themselves,” he said.
“But they recognise that they have obviously had some issues, and the feedback they were getting from their development, the CFD [computational fluid dynamics], the wind tunnel, and what has actually happened out on the racetrack.
“There has also been a clarification on the engine which means that they haven’t been able to extract the same performance. But in Charles Leclerc they have an exceptional young driver, they have got Carlos [Sainz] coming there.
“What I think is actually a bit confusing is the drop-off in performance of Sebastian Vettel, which you just wouldn’t expect from a driver of that quality.
“But it is what it is, Ferrari will be back in the future, next year’s regulations are small changes, but they could be significant in terms of what happens around the rear of the car, aerodynamically.
“I believe Ferrari have a new engine in development which should hopefully bring them forward. So in the same way that they were dominant for a period with Michael [Schumacher], and then Red Bull was dominant, now Mercedes are dominant – every cycle comes to an end, and Ferrari will be back.”