Ex-Ferrari driver snubs Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher while naming the best F1 driver in the last 50 years
Red Bull's Max Verstappen is now seen by many as the person to break Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher's F1 records.
Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher (Credits: Imago)
Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher are arguably one of the best drivers to have ever stepped foot into the action-packed world of Formula 1. Both are at the very top in terms of World Championship won, but despite this fact, former Ferrari driver Gerhard Berger has claimed that, in his opinion, Max Verstappen and the late Ayrton Senna are the best drivers of the last 50 years.
Lewis Hamilton has won a record-breaking seven titles, just like Michael Schumacher, but has also managed to score a record-breaking 103 wins with 195 podium finishes. The Brit is regarded by many as the all-time best, but as per Gerhard Berger, Ayrton Senna and Max Verstappen are the best-ever F1 drivers.
While shedding light on his surprising assessment, he said, as reported by Crash.Net, “Verstappen and Senna are unique in the business – they are the two best I have seen in the last 50 years. Schumacher and Hamilton are also exceptional drivers. Of course, you should always look at the statistics, they are both fantastic.”
“But Senna died early – and Verstappen is still young.” The Austrian has made it clear that while he accepts Hamilton and Schumacher as one of the very best, he believes that over the last few decades, none of the drivers were as unique in their racecraft as compared to Max Verstappen and Ayrton Senna.
Max Verstappen has taken over from Lewis Hamilton as the present and the future of F1
While Gerhard Berger has admitted that, in his opinion, Max Verstappen and Ayrton Senna are the two best drivers of F1, the latter unfortunately passed a long time ago in a racing incident. Verstappen is the current dominant force in F1, and at just 25, he has already amassed two world titles.
Moreover, during the 2023 F1 season, he is on a winning streak of 10 consecutive races and is on course to secure his third consecutive title. Like Berger, Verstappen is regarded by many as a special talent, and the way he puts an F1 car through the wringer, he mesmerizes the fans every time he gets out on track.
He has found himself a comfy home at the Red Bull F1 team and has committed his future with them until the end of 2028. Max Verstappen is undoubtedly the present and the future of the sport. Seeing his exploits, several pundits believe he could break Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher’s championship records in the future years of the sport.
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