Rob Smedley on how Hamilton, Leclerc and Verstappen are similar

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Former Ferrari and Williams engineer Rob Smedley explains a characteristic which connect Lewis Hamilton, Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen, with Michael Schumacher.

Rob Smedley has worked at Ferrari from 2006 until 2014 as Felipe Massa’s race engineer, and then moved to Williams when Massa joined the team.

The Briton had the opportunity to see Michael Schumacher in action in the German’s final season with the Italian team, and now he says he can see similarities between the German and three top current F1 drivers – Lewis Hamilton, Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen.


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“[Charles], Max and Lewis are able to raise the level of the whole team, dragging others along and conveying a winning spirit,” Smedley told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“[It is] the same ability that Michael Schumacher had at Ferrari, when he was a catalyst, surrounded by [Jean] Todt, [Ross] Brawn and [Rory] Byrne.

“From these drivers comes the drive to react to mistakes and improve,” he concluded.

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