When Murray Walker said Hamilton was better than Schumacher and Senna

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Back in 2020 the late, great Murray Walker said he used to say Juan Manuel Fangio was the best F1 driver in history, but later changed it to Lewis Hamilton.

The legendary British Formula 1 commentator Murray Walker, who passed away last year, remains one of the most respected figures in the history of Formula 1.

He has done Formula 1 commentaries since the 1970s, and as such has often been considered a historian of the sport.

Well, back in 2020, Walker was asked who he considers to be the greatest driver in Formula 1 history.

“[Juan Manuel] Fangio took a lot of beating, Jim Clark, Sir Jackie Stewart – there again I could go on – but which is the best I really don’t know,” the Briton said.

“I used to say Fangio. I think I’m going to have to say very shortly Lewis Hamilton, because if you look at it in terms of statistics, he’s already got more poles than Michael Schumacher.

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“He’s got at least three years in him if he doesn’t hurt himself or leave Mercedes for some reason or they decide to stop, in which case he’s got at least another three championships ahead of him, so statistically he will become the greatest.”

“But he’s also in my opinion – and this is very contentious indeed – better than either Schumacher or Senna because both of them, Schumacher and Senna, adopted at various times in their career highly debatable driving tactics.

“[Tactics] like Schumacher stopping deliberately at Monaco to prevent [Fernando Alonso] getting pole position, like Schumacher colliding with [Jacques] Villeneuve at Jerez in 1997, like Senna with Prost in 1990 in Japan, and Lewis Hamilton has never been anything like that. He’s always driven as clean as a whistle.

“He’s an extremely nice, gigantically talented driver, and I don’t think we’ve ever seen anybody like him before,” Murray concluded.

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