Two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso and Pirelli CEO Marco Tronchetti were asked to compare Lewis Hamilton to Michael Schumacher.
Hamilton is one race win away from equaling Michael Schumacher’s most career wins record, and he is also well on his way of equalling the German’s seven Formula 1 world titles record.
Naturally this prompts journalists to ask people within Formula 1 to compare the two. Last week Lewis Hamilton’s 2007 McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso gave his thoughts on who is the better of the two.
“It’s difficult,” said the Spaniard.
“These are different eras and cars with different levels of performance.
“But I remember Michael as a driver who is hard to beat, one with the greatest talent. He had that little something.
“Lewis is very good and the best of his generation. But he didn’t win the world title with McLaren when he was a teammate of Jenson [Button].
“At Mercedes, Nico Rosberg also won the world championship. Michael never had such competition. He always won.
“For me, Michael is one step ahead,” concluded Alonso.
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Not trying to take away from Fernando’s opinion, but it is important to note that while Michael was at Ferrari, he was always a clear number one driver and his team-mates were required to move over for him on numerous occasions.
Hamilton on the other hand, both at McLaren and Mercedes, always enjoyed equal treatment with his team-mates in the beginning stages of the championship.
Another person who was asked to compare the two champions last week was Pirelli CEO Marco Tronchetti Provera.
“I can’t say which driver is stronger,” admits Provera.
“We are talking about two completely different personalities. For me, Schumacher is perfection, coupled with a great ability to concentrate.
“With Lewis, I recognise creativity that sets him apart from Schumacher.”