Berger: Hamilton’s approach to F1 is incredible, but he’s not the best driver ever – 2022

Lewis Hamilton narrowly missed the eighth world championship and 2021 after being overtaken by the Red Bull Max rival on the last lap Verstappen in the showdown in Abu Dhabi. The Briton has a contract to race with Mercedes until the end of 2023 as he tries to get away from thinking about the seven-title record shared with Michael Schumacher. He already holds the record for most pole positions and most F1 wins. At the beginning of this season, Hamilton commented that he planned to be a “more aggressive rider” this year in the wake of his controversial battles against Verstappen in 2021. But F1 legend Gerhard Berger doesn’t believe that’s the best solution. “I don’t know if being aggressive like Max was could be the right direction”.

Berger on the comparison between Hamilton, Senna and Prost

“For me, it’s so clever how he sometimes gives in, not to crash, and get his position back in another way. I can only see that with all the experience Lewis has, he is very peaceful. He used all his possibilities throughout the championship. Aside from Silverstone, he was just perfect. “ Berger had a good relationship with three-time world champion Ayrton Seine during their time together with the McLaren and has also spent much of his career racing with Senna’s great rival, Alain Prostwhich had an opposite style. “Hamilton like Senna or Prost? After these 45 years I’ve been here, Lewis and Senna are the two best drivers I’ve ever seen. But I still put Senna as number one. Because his charm and personality belonged to another level. But from a sporting point of view, I think Lewis is as good as Senna. “

Berger on the Hamilton-Verstappen fight in 2021

Berger felt that Verstappen “should be aggressive” when he fought Hamilton for the title last year “because Lewis’s car was better.” This year, if Red Bull is the best car maybe it will fit, because it wouldn’t need to have this aggression. “ Berger said. Sometimes it’s better to do what Lewis did last year, say, ‘OK, it’s worse for me if I lose a few points in this race, because I’m going to get them back in another way.’ It all depends on how good your package is. “

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