Michael Schumacher would ‘stare in the eyes of his equal’ if he competed at his peak with Lewis Hamilton, ex-Formula 1 icon David Coulthard points out after Brit is tied to the German record for individual titles.
David Coulthard believes Michael Schumacher would have found his match if he entered Formula 1 today, after ‘one of the greatest drivers in history’ Lewis Hamilton tied the German’s title record last weekend.
Coulthard, who won 13 Grands Prix, took on both drivers during his 15-year career in the sport and finished second behind Schumacher in 2001. Hamilton won his first title at the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix – Coulthard’s last race .
When comparing Hamilton and Schumacher, Coulthard couldn’t separate them.
Lewis Hamilton won the Turkish Grand Prix to win a record equal to the seventh Formula 1 title
“There is no doubt that if Michael were still racing today, at his peak, he would be staring into the eyes of his equal,” said Coulthard. Statistics perform.
‘Because I think Michael is exceptional and I think Lewis is exceptional. And I think the way he won his championship in Istanbul was the perfect way to show how good he is.
Hamilton only had to finish last Sunday ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas at the Turkish Grand Prix to seal the record-tying seventh title, but he went on to win a record-breaking 94th race.
Michael Schumacher won five consecutive F1 titles with Ferrari between 2000 and 2004
“Coming from sixth on the grid, in very difficult conditions and to finally win by a fairly large margin,” continued Coulthard.
“So there can be no doubt that he is the real deal and not only one of the best drivers of his generation, he is arguably one of the best drivers in the history of the sport.”
David Coulthard won 13 Grands Prix during a 15-year career between 1994 and 2008