“Lewis is the best driver of all time, could be tough for me”- Jackie Stewart on comparability with biggest F1 drivers of earlier generations.
Lewis Hamilton has marked a fantastic legacy within the historical past of System 1 by successful six World Championship titles, and now he’s on the verge to .
However Jackie Stewart nonetheless believes that Hamilton being a gifted driver nonetheless doesn’t match the power of greats from the earlier era, as the higher expertise has assisted in eclipsing the archaic moments of the game.
Chatting with the official Australian Grand Prix podcast, he pointed to the variations within the championship’s construction and priorities of drivers throughout the assorted eras.
“[Juan Manuel] Fangio in my thoughts is the best driver that’s ever lived, with Jim Clark because the second biggest even forward of [Ayrton] Senna,” mentioned Stewart.
“These folks solely raced generally perhaps six or eight races a yr in System 1; they had been driving sportscars, GTs and so forth.
“However the world championship now, Lewis or any of the opposite prime contenders in the present day are doing 22 or 21 races, however solely in System 1, not in touring automobiles, GT automobiles, IndyCar or Can-Am, you may’t actually examine.
“One yr, I used to be driving around the globe like an fool, I went throughout the Atlantic 86 occasions, to drive and do enterprise there in addition to within the UK.
“The strain in the present day is rather more relaxed, in fact, they go to the manufacturing facility and do the simulator, however that’s not fairly the identical. 86 [flights] throughout the Atlantic, 27 with Concorde, it’s a distinct world, it’s not the identical taking part in floor.”
Right to go away McLaren for Mercedes
Stewart has additional praised Hamilton’s choice to go away McLaren for Mercedes because the outcomes in the present day present the explanation why it was an accurate choice.
“Lewis made a wonderful choice, and I take my hat off to him for that,” he mentioned. “However frankly, the automobile and the engine are actually so superior it’s virtually unfair on the remainder of the sphere.
“Now you may’t say that you have to take your hat off to Mercedes-Benz, to Toto Wolff and to Niki Lauda for making one hell of a crew, for selecting the perfect engineers, getting the perfect cash that almost all different groups couldn’t get, other than Pink Bull.
“Due to this fact it’s not fairly the identical respect for those who like, of with the ability to do it within the lower than the perfect automobile. And that’s the place generally there’s the distinction [is] between the very, very nice drivers and the very profitable ones.
“It’s tough to say that about Lewis, not being nearly as good as saying Fangio was in my thoughts, and lots of people would discover fault in that.
“I’ve been watching motor-racing for a very long time. I used to be seeing [Alberto] Ascari, [Tazio] Nuvolari, [Rudolf] Caracciola.
“Among the greatest racing drivers on the earth I noticed, Sir Stirling Moss was considered one of them, and he by no means gained a world championship as he by no means had the appropriate automobiles.
“It’s tough to place that in correct phrases, though beating Michael Schumacher is an enormous factor for him [Hamilton].” he additional added.
“To say that Lewis is the best driver of all time, could be tough for me to justify for those who perceive me, is the sheer energy of what the opposite drivers had been doing.”