Damon Hill has told talkSPORT there isn’t much more Lewis Hamilton can do to prove his greatness in Formula 1.
The British star wrapped his sixth F1 world championship-winning season in style on Sunday with victory at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Hamilton is now just one more away from equalling Michael Schumacher’s record of seven titles, and yet there are still many – including former McLaren team-mate Jensen Button – who do not place him in the esteemed company of the sport’s greats.
The 34-year-old is a divisive character over his racing style and celebrity lifestyle off the track, and despite undoubtedly being one of most gifted racers ever, people, even his fellow Brits, do not warm to him.
However, a number of Formula 1 legends disagree.
After he was crowed a six-time world champion, Eddie Jordan told talkSPORT Hamilton should be knighted for his incredible achievements in the sport.
And now British hero Hill has also hailed the Mercedes driver as a ‘phenomenal’ champion.
Speaking to talkSPORT host Jim White, Hill said: “I think if people have a problem with Formula 1 it’s because they think some people get the better equipment and therefore it’s easy.
“But it’s not easy to do what Lewis has done, which is to retain his place in a top team from the beginning of his career right the way through.
“His win rate is phenomenal and I think he’s proven this year that he can take on all comers and all situations.
“To keep up his motivation for as long as he has, and to be within striking distance of equalling Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of world championships, is phenomenal.
“And he seems to do it at a canter, he doesn’t look like he breaks sweat sometimes.”
Source: TalkSport.com Motorsport