Mercedes ace Lewis Hamilton has dominated the racing world for ears up until this point. The 2021 F1 season has been, not the best one for Lewis Hamilton and as a result the seven-time world champion is trailing by 32 points to Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. This has made the race fanatics wonder if he is still the number 1 driver? Bernie Ecclestone feels Hamilton is not done in the current season yet.
Having not one any of the previous grand prix, Red Bull have gone onto dominate Mercedes for the first time in the turbo hybrid era. But with the British GP next, all eyes will be on Lewis Hamilton and his resurrection after he has also signed a 2-year contract with the Silver Arrows.
What Did Bernie Ecclestone Say Upon Lewis Hamilton?
When asked upon Hamilton in the 2021 F1 season, Eccleston stated as per givemesports, “No, I don’t think he is at the moment. The top six drivers can beat Lewis and Max if they have the right car. The difference with a real champion is one who can cope with difficult situations. But you can’t write Lewis off by any means.”
He was rewarded with an MBE in 2009 after he won his first Championship, and after surpassing Schumacher’s record of 91 wins (achieving 95) in 2020, as well as winning his record-equalling seventh world title, the Englishman was awarded the honour of a Knighthood.
However, as things currently stand, Hamilton is 32 points behind fierce competitor Max Verstappen – who is quickly making a name for himself in the sport despite being only 23. He made his debut at an unbelievable 17 years of age, becoming the youngest driver to compete in Formula One.
The Dutchman is taking this season by storm, winning the Austrian Grand Prix and his last three consecutive races. He certainly looks in fine form as he aims to break the dominance of Hamilton and Mercedes. When Ecclestone was prompted with whether Verstappen was capable of winning the title this year, he responded: “Yes, definitely.”