F1 team manager: Schumacher, at his peak, wasn't quicker than Hamilton on a lap
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The technical director of Mercedes, James Allison, has previously described Hamilton and Schumacher as being the best drivers he has ever worked with, but he has suggested that Schumacher was slightly faster over a single lap than Hamilton.
This caused a large number of reactions, and there were many fans who did not agree with him and his statement. Former Ferrari and Williams team manager Peter Windsor was one of those. Winsdor believes that there is no chance that Schumacher was fastest in one lap than Hamilton.
“I think engineers are entitled to their opinion, but I’ve had my fair share of race engineers, performance engineers, giving their opinion on drivers,” -Windsor said, as quoted by crash.net
Peter Winsdor and his view
While Peter Windsor did not mean to offend Allison, he believes that his statement does not have any basis in reality.
In Winsdor's perspective, the races are observed differently and he has a different perspective when interpreting them. He based his opinion on what he saw. “And most of their opinions are based on conversations with the drivers in debriefs, or in the car, lap times, quality of handshake and what it’s like having dinner, very few are based on actually watching the driver out on the circuit and looking at what he does.
And I’m not saying that James Allison doesn’t know exactly what he’s talking about, I’m sure he’s basing all that on all his own information, but to me there is absolutely no way in the world Michael Schumacher, at his peak, was quicker over one lap than Lewis Hamilton at his peak over one lap, no way.
Sorry, I just totally don’t get that, I disagree with it”. Of course, there will be many opinions about both drivers. In any case, both marked an era of F1 and remain legends of this sport.