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“It’s unprecedented” – James Allison reveals what marks Hamilton out from other F1 champs

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Mercedes’ Technical Director James Allison has revealed the characteristic possessed by Lewis Hamilton, that marks him out as one of the greatest drivers in the history of Formula 1.

Hamilton has won six world-titles during his time in F1 and he is aiming to win seventh to match the record of Michael Schumacher.

Interviewed on Mercedes’ own in-house YouTube channel, Allison was asked about ‘integrity’ and how highly he valued it as a characteristic that Allison made the connection with Hamilton.

“I’ve been lucky to work with people who have had the highest integrity and I do think that is a characteristic that marks out Lewis,” he said.

“He’s one of the oldest drivers on the grid now, still drives like one of the youngest but in a career of multiple championships and countless wins, you’ll struggle to find a moment on the track where you’ll see Lewis doing something ugly.

“You’ll see him do many, many breath-taking things, you’ll see him do brave things but you won’t see just crude dodgem car, bumper car stuff, or any sort of artifice to the way he drives.

“I hope that he manages to keep this going for the remainder of his driving career because it’s an utterly unblemished record, and I think amongst multiple world champions, it is also unprecedented to have all that success without anything that has even the hint of a shadow of poor sportsmanship hanging over it. I think it’s impressive.

Source: Formula 1

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