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Lewis Hamilton’s accomplishments have come during a less competitive era of F1 than the one Michael Schumacher raced in, according to Schumacher’s former Benetton boss Flavio Briatore.
Hamilton has won six World Titles and is aiming to win his seventh title this season to match the record of Schumacher.
Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc are currently the only drivers who are competing with the Brit.
And Briatore says there are fewer top competitors in F1 these days.
“Michael was fighting with the big guys like [Ayrton] Senna,” Briatore said, during an appearance on F1’s Beyond the Grid podcast. “You need to recognise that when Michael arrived, the [competition] was tough. You are talking about Nigel Mansell, you are talking about Senna.
“Now, is less, the competition. You have two drivers, three drivers – the competition is less than before. For Hamilton, again, nobody put the pressure [onto] him. He just walks away [with it].”
Asked if Red Bull’s Verstappen or Ferrari’s Leclerc being able to better contend would be a problem for Hamilton, Briatore admitted pressure affects every driver.
“It is the same for everybody,” Briatore said. “When Schumacher, somebody [got] close, he put a mistake, Fernando [Alonso] he put a mistake. Everybody put the mistake. If he’s driving like a taxi driver and is winning everything it’s because he’s a super driver, it’s fantastic. Hamilton… there are only two stars in Formula 1: it’s Hamilton and Verstappen.”