It’s always interesting to hear what the most powerful man in Formula 1 thinks of the sport’s drivers.
Bernie Ecclestone hailed Lewis Hamilton as the new Michael Schumacher and said he wants to see a rivalry developed between him and world champion Kimi Raikkonen.
In an interview with Spanish magazine FHM Ecclestone said:
We are very pleased with the evolution last season. With the departure of Michael Schumacher, the year could have been disastrous and boring, but fortunately along came a youngster called Lewis Hamilton and saved the season. It was phenomenal.
If it wasn’t for the helmet, when you see Hamilton behind the wheel you might think it is Schumacher driving. He drives the same way that the impeccable Schumacher did.
That is what I have said about Hamilton from the beginning: he doesn’t make mistakes. This will be the big year of Hamilton, and I am not saying he should win the World Championship, but will he will have to prove that he is competitive.
[Raikkonen] won the World Champions and demonstrated what a good driver he is. However, he goes unnoticed because he is so discreet and never generates publicity around him. He is the complete opposite of Hamilton, who talks quite a lot. Hamilton’s attitude benefits us because he draws more attention and generates more publicity because he likes to talk.
The rivalry between Raikkonen, Hamilton and others will be very beneficial.
I’m not sure about the that Hamilton (or Schumacher, for that matter) “doesn’t make mistakes!”
Last year was all about Lewis Hamilton versus Fernando Alonso. Will this be the year of Hamilton versus Raikkonen? They seldom met each other on the track last year and haven’t so far this year either.