Michael Schumacher success had flaw which puts Lewis Hamilton ahead in F1 ‘GOAT’ debate

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Lewis Hamilton moved to within one championship of Michael Schumacher’s record after winning the 2019 F1 title in Austin at the weekend.

Michael Schumacher is seen as the greatest of all time by many F1 fans, but Eddie Jordan believes Lewis Hamilton has already surpassed the Ferrari legend.

Mercedes ace Hamilton now stands alone on six F1 World Drivers’ Championships, moving ahead of Argentine great Juan Manuel Fangio.

The Briton is now within reach of equalling Schumacher’s record of seven titles, sparking more debate on who the greatest F1 driver of all time is.

But Jordan suggests that Schumacher had specific details in his Ferrari contract which hampers his side of the argument.

Back in the 2001 and 2002 seasons, Ferrari ordered Rubens Barrichello to submit his position to Schumacher, with Jordan suggesting the German sporting hero was responsible due to a clause in his contract.

And the former F1 team boss believes this point makes Hamilton’s achievements that much greater than Schumacher’s as he didn’t need extra help from his teams.

“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 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?

“And I’m not just talking about team members – I’m talking about the drivers.

“Lewis is already in a different league, in my opinion. He’s done it on his own.

“What he has done has brought great pride to his family and his people, and he can be justifiably proud.”

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