‘Lewis Hamilton already in a different league to Michael Schumacher’ and six-time Formula One world champion backed for knighthood by Eddie Jordan

Lewis Hamilton’s sixth Formula One World Championship win has renewed discussions of whether he is the greatest driver of all time and Eddie Jordan has no doubt he now holds that title.

The Brit’s second-place finish in Austin on Sunday secured him a hat-trick of titles, and made the Mercedes driver world champion for five of the past six seasons.

Adding his inaugural title – won with McLaren in 2008 – Hamilton has now been world champion on six occasions – more times than legendary racers Alain Prost and Juan Manuel Fangio.

Only one driver, Michael Schumacher, now has more World Championships than Hamilton, though few are betting against the Brit drawing level with a seventh title next season, due to Mercedes’ current domination of the sport.

Schumacher won a record seven World Championships, two for Benetton and five while driving for Ferrari


Whether he can break the German’s record after the 2021 regulation changes remains to be seen, and many of Hamilton’s critics say he cannot be judged as the greatest of all time until the changes come into effect and alter his superb Mercedes.

But Jordan believes Hamilton should already be regarded as far, far better than Schumacher, who made his F1 debut driving for Jordan’s team, Jordan Grand Prix, in 1991.

“Everyone has their own view on this, but I am of the view he’s already surpassed Michael,” Jordan told talkSPORT. “Michael started with me so there is a love affair there, but there is a situation some people may not fully grasp.

“At the time I handled people like [Rubens] Barrichello, [Eddie] Irvine, [Giancarlo] Fisichella and [Jean] Alesi, and every time we went to sign a contract with Michael Schumacher or Ferrari it always had conditions in it, where what we saw in Austin wouldn’t have been allowed to happen.

“Lewis, if he had in his contract the same things, he would have had to been able to pass [Valtteri] Bottas [to win the race].

“You can’t have that in a competitive sport, where one part of the team dictates to the other.

“For me, that is a flaw factor for Michael. Seven World Championships… how many would he have won if he hadn’t had the influence and support of the other people in the team?