Mark Webber believes Lewis Hamilton can surpass Michael Schumacher as one of F1’s all-time greats due to the British driving superstar being “technically cleaner”. Hamilton has dominated the sport since moving to Mercedes from McLaren in 2013.
He burst onto the scene as a young and promising star back in 2007, finishing second in his debut season by just one point.
His first title would come a year later with Hamilton expected to go on to break more records but McLaren failed to build on their success as their car struggled to challenge Red Bull and Ferrari.
Hamilton then made the switch to Mercedes and they have dominated F1 since the change to V6 turbo engines in 2014.
The 35-year-old has since won five of the last six Drivers’ Championships, putting him second in the all-time list.
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Only Schumacher stands in his way with Hamilton likely to have more than one season to have a crack at equalling the record given he is in talks with Mercedes regarding a new contract beyond 2020.
Given how much F1 has changed over the decades it’s hard to pinpoint who the greatest of all time is.
But Webber has no doubt Hamilton will be on that list while also going on to say the Briton should be considered greater than Schumacher.
“Absolutely, no question about it,” Webber told Speedcafe.com.
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“I think he’s more complete than Michael.
“I think he went about those results in a technically cleaner executed way, just by the way of wheel-to-wheel combat and no real trickery in his contacts with the other drivers.
“I think he’s certainly up there. I mean, obviously Alain Prost, where do you go with the (Niki) Laudas, the (Jackie) Stewarts, or (Ayrton) Senna?
“Clearly Michael is absolutely in there, he’s got all the records in terms of championships and race victories, but I’m confident that Lewis can give those a red hot go.”
Mercedes remain the team to beat once again this season with the 2020 season getting underway in Australia next weekend.
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And Webber thinks Hamilton will be full of confidence to get off to a winning start.
“Hamilton looks extremely hungry and motivated, just like Mercedes under the leadership of Toto Wolff,” Webber added.
“They’re a great combination and that’s a frightening prospect for the opposition still.
“You never know obviously Melbourne first race, it’s always a little bit of a lottery with preparations, but everyone’s a bit rusty here and there.
“But I think that Mercedes are certainly hungry, and Merc is as well.”
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