Derek Warwick calls Lewis Hamilton “the greatest champion of all time”

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Former F1 driver, now a race steward, Derek Warwick says Mercedes’ 2022 car “will be winning and Lewis will be winning in it”.

In a talk with Express Sport, Derek Warwick compared Lewis Hamilton to Formula 1 legends like Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Juan Manuel Fangio, Jackie Stewart and Stirling Moss.

“He is a great champion,” Warwick said.

“I don’t think you’re going to get many arguments that would say he’s not the greatest champion of all time.

“And I’m putting him up against Senna and Prost, Fangio and Stirling Moss and Jackie Stewart, all those guys.”

Regarding the argument that Hamilton has benefitted from driving ‘the best car’, Warwick said that goes for all F1 champions.

“He’s won his races very clean and very dominant. Yes the Mercedes has been dominant, but you need a dominant car.


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“I don’t know many world champions that was actually the world champion in a bad car so I think the same goes for everybody.”

Regarding Mercedes’ current car issues, Warwick believes the team will be back to its winning ways before the 2022 season is done.

“It seems the concept of the Mercedes exaggerates the porpoising but the one thing you have to say with Toto Wolff, Ron Meadows and people like that, they will turn the corner.

“That car will be competitive, it will be winning and Lewis will be winning in it, as will George Russell.

“[Hamilton is] fighting, he knows the odd point here and there, if the car becomes competitive, he knows he will still challenge for the world championship,” Warwick concluded.

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