The legendary Sir Jackie Stewart commented on Lewis Hamilton's 'fall' after years of tremendous success on the F1 scene. There is no doubt in Stewart's mind that Hamilton is one of the best drivers in the world. However, he mostly attributed his dominance to his car, which dominated at that time.
Jackie believes that Lewis had no real competition.
“First of all, Lewis is one of the best to ever drive in Formula 1,” Stewart told Bild. “But the truth is that in the last decade he competed with Mercedes for a team that was virtually out of competition.
During this time, Lewis only had one real competitor: his respective teammate. Except for 2016, he always emerged victorious from the duel. "
Rosberg was the man who stopped the dominance of Lewis Hamilton. In those moments, the German showed how much he wanted the title.
“And then he lost to Nico Rosberg. With respect: a good driver, but not the most talented in the world. But Rosberg was hungry and had the absolute will to become world champion. Lewis no longer has that hunger. Because of that – and because the car is no longer quite as powerful – he has serious problems”.
Many wonder if the Briton can reach the eighth title. According to Stewart, Hamilton is currently far from that. “That [eighth title] also depends on Mercedes. It's not impossible, but I still don't think he'll be able to do it.
And I don't think - despite the rumours about Ferrari - that he will change teams again”.
Regardless of everything, Hamilton never loses his optimism. The continuation of the season will say a lot, but the Briton believes in the progress of his team.
"The goal is simple. Setting the target is simple, but achieving it is not. Just making sure you are performing every weekend. I still feel like I can improve every weekend. That's what I love about this sport - you will never reach perfection but the pursuit of perfection is about one of the best things you can do.
If it's not next year, we will continue to work through it, but I truly believe that if it's not next year it will be the year after”.
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