Former F1 team manager Peter Windsor says “there is absolutely no way in the world Michael Schumacher, at his peak, was quicker over one lap than Lewis Hamilton at his peak over one lap”.
People love to debate on who the GOAT of Formula 1 is, and it’s no surprise that two of the strongest candidates are also two of the most decorated drivers ever – seven-time world champions Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton.
During a YouTube live chat, it was suggested to former Ferrari and Williams team manager Peter Windsor that Mercedes’ Technical Director James Allison at one point said Schumacher and Hamilton were the best drivers he has worked with, but he allegedly picked Schumacher as the one who was slightly faster over one lap.
SilverArrows.Net is not aware that Allison ever made that statement, but Windsor decided to comment on it anyway.
“I think engineers are entitled to their opinion, but I’ve had my fair share of race engineers, performance engineers, giving their opinion on drivers,” the Briton said.
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“And most of their opinions are based on conversations with the drivers in debriefs, or in the car, lap times, quality of handshake and what it’s like having dinner.
“Very few are based on actually watching the driver out on the circuit and looking at what he does.
“And I’m not saying that James Allison doesn’t know exactly what he’s talking about, I’m sure he’s basing all that on all his own information, but to me there is absolutely no way in the world Michael Schumacher, at his peak, was quicker over one lap than Lewis Hamilton at his peak over one lap, no way.
“Sorry, I just totally don’t get that, I disagree with it,” Windsor concluded.