‘We are missing the chance to see the best of him’: Damon Hill fears lack of challengers to Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes will leave many questioning value of his record breaking success
Lewis Hamilton recently broke the record for most amount of F1 victories with 92The Mercedes driver is now looking to win a record equalling seventh world titleHe has won every world title bar 2016 since his second success in 2014But Damon Hill fears this run of glory with Mercedes will be questionedThe Silver Arrows have won every drivers’ and constructors’ title since 2014
Damon Hill fears Lewis Hamilton‘s record-breaking run will be judged by a lack of serious competition in Formula One.
Hamilton has raced to 92 career victories and is on the verge of equalling Michael Schumacher’s all-time haul of seven world championships.
He heads into this weekend’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Imola with a 77-point lead over Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas in the standings.
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton is on course for a record equalling seventh world championship
The Brit made history at the Portuguese Grand Prix on Sunday by breaking Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 victories
It keeps the Briton on course to win his sixth title in seven seasons at Mercedes. He has also won 71 times with the sport’s all-conquering team since his transfer from McLaren in 2013.
‘There is a risk that Lewis’ achievements will be measured against the intensity of his competition,’ 1996 world champion Hill said.
‘He had to fight hard against (former team-mate) Nico Rosberg but he pretty much had the upper hand on him most of the time. Valtteri is doing a solid job but he cannot keep up with Lewis during the races.
‘Mercedes have totally dominated this era and Lewis is not being challenged.
Damon Hill (left, with Hamilton in 2018) claims that a lack of competition to the Brit could lead to many questioning the value of the his stunning success in recent years
‘He demolishes everyone but we are missing the chance to see the best of him because if he had to fight hard, that is when you see the great drivers shine. You cannot keep saying look at the king’s lovely new coat over and over again.’