Michael Schumacher’s son Mick disagrees with those who say Lewis Hamilton‘s (or his father’s) succes is only down to a dominant car.
Michael Schumacher’s son Mick joined in on the debate on how much of a driver’s success is down to his car and how much to his ability and hard work. Earlier this year Max Verstappen was one of the people who said 90% of drivers could win in a Mercedes.
“I have a lot of respect for what they’ve achieved,” Max said.
“I’m not frustrated about Lewis in a Mercedes car. To be honest, 90 percent of the field could win in that car.
“Nothing against Lewis, he’s a great driver, but the car is so dominant. OK, maybe others wouldn’t be as dominant as Lewis is, but you accept the situation you are in and you just try to make the best of it.
“I’m not frustrated, I’m more focused on what can we do to try and beat them.”
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Mick Schumacher, who won the 2020 Formula 2 championship, disagrees. The young German doesn’t believe Hamilton equalling his fathers’ championship winning record is just down to a superior car or other outside circumstances.
“When we look at a champion dominating an entire era there is a risk of overlooking something important,” Schumacher told Corriere Della Sera Sport.
“This is as true for Hamilton as it is for my father. There is nothing random about a great success.
“It’s an iceberg, and we often only see the tip of that iceberg emerging from the water.”
Schumacher, who will be making his Formula 1 debut next year with Haas, presented Hamilton with one of Michael Schumacher’s helmets, after the Briton equalled his most career wins record at the Eifel Grand Prix.
Hamilton has since surpassed that record and became statistically the most successful Formula 1 driver in history.