Unf wrote: ↑
Sun May 09, 2021 1:53 pm
djones wrote: ↑
Sat May 08, 2021 11:30 pm
As a polar contrast you have somebody like Button or Villeneuve who were only champions because they happened to be in a crazy fast car and were good enough or had the luck to beat only their teammate that year.
It's not a polar - it's the same situation like Hamilton's one but he has this not just for one year, but many years.
He had and has waaaaay better car, and way worse teammates in Mercedes (Rosberg title on 2016 does mean nothing).
I am talking about facts, sorry. And excatly the same we can say about Schumacher on Ferrari era - he had way better car and way worse teammates. Don't you agree?
IMO we can say a lot of glorious words about... let say Usain Bolt - he is a really champion, he was just better than others - simply.
In motorsport it's not that obvious, cars have too much influence on the result.
I would love to see all F1 drivers on equal cars - there we could talking.
MSC won Champinship with Benetton he has had no business winning. Half of his race wins in the 90s shouldn't have been his. MSC dragged Ferrari in his 1st 2-3 years as well, wasn't a great car. They really came into their own from 1999.
If BMW williams were a half competent team without the Diva Ralf & inconsistent Montoya, they could have won with aero improvements. They had by far the best engine & it is one of the best engines in the last couple of decades. Mclaren 2003 was also a much better car than Ferrari IMO but the car just had terrible reliability & Ferrari had MSC on the wheel & Ross Brawn with the strategy calls. That was a huge miss for Mclaren as was 2005 for them. Nowhere near as dominant as the Mercedes era.
Schumi had 69 odd poles for 91 wins, often winning races he had no busy winning, specially in the 90s. Hamilton has a 100 poles & a little less win. BTW Lewis Hamilton is an alltime great with Senna, Schumacher, Prost, Fangio (difficult to compare eras). He has been almost flawless this year. But Hamilton in his peak tied with Alonso on points in his debut season & lost to Button in Mclaren & to Rosberg on Mercedes.
On pure speed especially over 1 lap, he is up there with Senna, possibly quicker than Schumacher but everyone has chinks in their armour. Schumacher had too & Hamilton has too. Hope Hamilton gets Russel as his team-mate in 2022, it will be such a great fight & interesting for fans, raw speed of Russel vs Experience & Speed of Hamilton !