Can Hamilton be considered greatest EVER F1 driver yet? | Mika Häkkinen on Lewis, Max & 2021 battle!

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Mika Häkkinen gives his thoughts on whether Lewis Hamilton can be considered the greatest F1 driver of all time as well as his predictions for the 2021 championship battle!
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  1. RobWilli
    2 uur geleden

    It is obvious that is hard to compare eras in sports and pick a goat. But we humans always tend to bring a goat regardless of time. F1 nowadays, let's say the past 20-25 years is more about the car and not the driver. Technology has changed F1 drastically, for better or worse (imo for worse). I love to see competition in racing, its the real and true essence of racing. It should be more about the driver than the car. F1 nowadays is a non competitive racing series, were only 2 or 3 teams can challenge for wins and the title. Which translates to 2 or 3 drivers only. And as of late, past 6 years is more about one team and one driver. Lewis definitely has his name sealed in history and nobody can take that away. But I personally think he didn't earned it by pure talent and skill (which he does have) but more so because he has had the only car capable of winning. I've said it before with all due respect to Lewis that half the current grid can easily win races and the title if they were driving Lewis' car. I think there are more talented drivers than Lewis currently. But they don't look as good or talented because they don't have a car to compete. So ultimately in my opinion and of course you don't have to agree, but if we have to pick a goat in F1 that would only be one driver that comes to mind and no other driver in history comes close to him...Ayrton Senna. He is the goat of F1 in my opinion. When F1 was still more about the driver than the car.

  2. Andrew Magaña
    Andrew Magaña
    3 uur geleden

    I didn’t see him race as I was too young. But from what I heard more and more. I think Senna was the greatest ever. Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton would be 2nd and 3rd.

  3. Matjaž
    5 uur geleden


  4. Piotr Czech
    Piotr Czech
    5 uur geleden

    Lewis is Good , but not all greatest in whole worlds F1 drivers

  5. Rodney Dunnigan
    Rodney Dunnigan
    9 uur geleden

    Can't Run or Hide from it, 1, He is the 1st and only Black Driver in F1........... 2, When it comes to Lewis, The Debate is he actually that Good, or is it that Mercedes Petronas Car is Doing all the work, Basically a lot of Critics say the Latter, 1 automotive Manufacturer I Respect in F1 is HONDA They are Deadly Good !!! Mercedes is in for a Good Fight this 2021 Season & I regrettably believe that HONDA Has a Damm Good Chance of Dethroning Mercedes, But Red Bull is Good but I still believe not as Good as Mercedes, Last 2 races Mercedes as a whole team & driver made mistakes, If Lewis wins this Championship, They will have to eat Crow and shut up & Crown him 1 of the Greatest F1 Drivers in the World, I would say Top 10 at least, Let's talk about it after the 2021 season is Over !!!!!! 👋😎

  6. Toni Urumov
    Toni Urumov
    11 uur geleden

    Mika > Lewis

  7. Ronald Dacres
    Ronald Dacres
    12 uur geleden

    Lewis is the Champion of he's Era.. I'm a Lewis Fan.. Greatest Driver is Ayrton Senna..🐐

  8. B p
    B p
    13 uur geleden

    Sena vs prost best f1 driver

  9. Sa yan
    Sa yan
    15 uur geleden

    I think we all understood who is his favourite pilot, only from his voice 😄

  10. Macauley Davies
    Macauley Davies
    18 uur geleden

    Senna sempre

  11. John Greene
    John Greene
    19 uur geleden

    And that my friend is how you answer that Question

  12. JohnDaWhale3
    21 uur geleden

    Vettel of 2011 > Hamilton of 2021

  13. iv
    Dag geleden

    It depends on preference, one things for sure he's top 3. Its like any other sport - Ronaldo, Messi or Maradona / Pele - Serena or Billie - Roger, Novak or Rafael - Lebron or Michael - Tiger or Jack. Its all about what fancies your boat , youll never get one straight answer.

  14. Tony Haven
    Tony Haven
    Dag geleden

    So glad we have a season where Lewis really has to work, we've been waiting for this

  15. M
    Dag geleden

    So long story short it's a 'no'.

  16. szewei1985
    Dag geleden

    Haha forever legends

  17. Keep It Riyal
    Keep It Riyal
    Dag geleden

    first time i heard the proper way to say Valetteri Bottas. i love it

  18. Read my Lips
    Read my Lips
    Dag geleden

    These days 90% car and 10% driver. Interesting to see how Hamilton will fare in Haas😂😂

  19. philipp Behrend
    philipp Behrend
    Dag geleden


    Dag geleden

    Diplomatic way of saying no.. period

  21. Treasure Hadebe
    Treasure Hadebe
    2 dagen geleden

    What was your point Mikka?

  22. Red Special
    Red Special
    2 dagen geleden

    Giving him that title would be a truly ridiculous statement to make. Lewis is a VERY VERY LUCKY driver who happened to be in the right car and team at the right time in the sense that Mercedes had acquired more experience in hybrid technology than other manufacturers. Don't get me wrong, he is a great driver but nowhere near to being the greatest. What happened was that the more he won in his car, the more self confidence he gained and thus that kinda helped him become better. He was also aided by the fact that he has had not such brilliant teammates except for Rosberg who is a top tier driver. What happened then? Nico won. But Bottas isn't, so that's why Hamilton has won 7 titles but to he honest he is nowhere near the skill level of the GOD Of F1 : Ayrton Senna or the all time greats : Prost, Piquet, Mansell, Lauda, Hunt, Fittipaldi, Schumacher Or the Prodigies like : Verstappen I would put him as an A tier who became S Tier level driver same category as Vettel, Alonso, Rosberg, Hakkinen, Raikkonen.

  23. Chrisarias Lawry
    Chrisarias Lawry
    2 dagen geleden

    Lewes' first win was in 2007? He is talking like he has just started out his career. What officially makes someone the greatest? There is your answer.

  24. Toku91-
    2 dagen geleden

    Fernando Alonso ;)

  25. lm240specz
    2 dagen geleden

    Hamilton admitted he’d still be a one time WC had he not gone with Mercedes, if that doesn’t open fanboys eyes to reality that it’s the best car that wins in F1, then I wish you gods speed in curing your tunnel vision. This also goes for Schumi, Vettel, Senna, Prost etc etc.

  26. Fanaticvandal
    2 dagen geleden

    no, Merc is protecting him at the expense of Bottas

  27. vincecarlo
    2 dagen geleden

    Lewis is Just Lucky to have the Best Car n Team in Hybrid Era. His only Real Challenger was Nico, there after he was just racing himself No other Car n Team had the package

  28. avarmauk
    2 dagen geleden

    If he wins 10 titles. Then it would be hard to argue against him being the best ever

  29. Marcco Fuddin
    Marcco Fuddin
    2 dagen geleden

    Lewis has amazing car from Mercedes and no real competitor since Rosberg retired and he race with lots of younger in the grid! That’s how he get his 7 titles.

  30. Joonas Rytkönen
    Joonas Rytkönen
    2 dagen geleden

    "The Lewis is very very good" 👍🏼

  31. Nico7g
    2 dagen geleden

    Wow he can speaks more than 3 words in a row!

  32. K. Bauer
    K. Bauer
    3 dagen geleden

    The best driver may have had the lousiest Equipment. So maybe we will never know who the best really was?

  33. Nolies Truesbob
    Nolies Truesbob
    3 dagen geleden

    Would have like to see Lewis drive for mare than one manufacturer in F1. I don't think any other driver in history has been privileged to drive so many seasons for one manufacturer that keeps producing if not the best then one of the best cars on the grid. Most privileged driver in history by a mile.

  34. theeog1
    3 dagen geleden

    Lewis Hamilton is number 1 of all time by far. Stop this silly debate.

    1. Patrick Bateman
      Patrick Bateman
      8 uur geleden

      To say he is the best of all time BY FAR is a bold claim.

  35. AndreVD
    3 dagen geleden

    i think when you talk about greatest ever f1 driver you can tackle this question in two ways: you can either look at the total numbers of championships, wins, fastest laps etc etc OR you can take the peak period of a certain driver and compare it in terms of other factors with the peak period of other great drivers. These factors can be: how focused they are, how aggressive, how much faster and so on. so, sure, if you want to go by the numbers you would need to put LH above MSC and so on. but if you go by that second way to look at "greatest driver ever" then its no coincidence that Senna is still viewed as greatest ever. for me personally, i actually really dont know, you could make a case for either of these three and i would agree with you.

  36. Waseem Moyideen
    Waseem Moyideen
    3 dagen geleden

    Awesome to see Tony Bellew in F1 nowadays

  37. Roger Carling
    Roger Carling
    3 dagen geleden

    Love your answer becoce it is about right person in the right car att the time !!! Give the same seat to a least 10 of the other drivers on the grid and thay gone preform grait to !!!!

  38. Jay Jong-Soo Kim
    Jay Jong-Soo Kim
    3 dagen geleden

    Don’t care who the greatest is. Hakkinen is my favorite.

  39. Alex Yew
    Alex Yew
    3 dagen geleden

    Only senna is the greatest

  40. Lincoln Pinkoln
    Lincoln Pinkoln
    4 dagen geleden

    SENNAAAAA....He won races with cars that werent the best on the grid..His complete dominance at Donnington 93 in the wet with alot of the top racers Schumacher included..He had the head of the fIA against him on numerous occassions because of Prost.SENNA IS THE GOAT.

  41. Carl Daniel
    Carl Daniel
    4 dagen geleden

    What about michael schumacher, what say you???

  42. issen van
    issen van
    4 dagen geleden

    Look at the number of race wins above the number of poles, wins in rain, & wins in Monaco...that should give you a clue... & Leclerc is the most talented today. Rosberg beat Lewis btw., & we saw what Russell could do in Hamilton’s car.

  43. kiran kulkarni
    kiran kulkarni
    4 dagen geleden

    MIKA you are my hero... I started watching formula 1 when you were fighting and defeating MSC , I can never forget those years which started my F1 fandom 🙏🙏🙏

  44. Riaan Scheepers
    Riaan Scheepers
    4 dagen geleden

    Consider whom you want... Definitely no harm in mentioning Mika when taking his career into account of course...

  45. cantsleep zz
    cantsleep zz
    4 dagen geleden

    Not even close. Senna was and still is the best of any era

  46. Xelovell
    4 dagen geleden

    It's always been SENNA

  47. Xelovell
    4 dagen geleden

    Hell no wtf

  48. Alex
    4 dagen geleden

    Nope, Hamilton can certainly not be considered as GOAT...

  49. jockellis
    4 dagen geleden

    Helps to be driving a Mercedes. Ask JMF.

  50. Peter Teng
    Peter Teng
    4 dagen geleden

    Well said

  51. cynicalobserver
    4 dagen geleden

    Summary : he has been exceptionally lucky to drive a championship winning car for 7 years

  52. Hannes Roets
    Hannes Roets
    4 dagen geleden

    The levels reached by his hypocrisy will never be beaten.

  53. Yogesh Rupani
    Yogesh Rupani
    4 dagen geleden

    Can Schumacher shut this nitwit ?

  54. Karthik S
    Karthik S
    5 dagen geleden

    Lack of challenges should not be discounted out.... Unlike other former champions, Hamilton had little to no challenge to make all those records or championship wins.... Having a dominant car aside, having no rival car or rival inside the team should simply also be kept I mind... which makes any accomplishments by Hamilton since his Mercedes stint questionable...

  55. Dan Hue
    Dan Hue
    5 dagen geleden

    Lewis could be a GOAT, but you can't really tell when he drives (and wins) with the best car all the times. Both Senna and Schumacher at times drove inferior cars, and managed to win against the odds. That's what made them stick out, IMO.

  56. Leonard Bosman
    Leonard Bosman
    5 dagen geleden

    Lewis Hamilton has called for the statues with any link to racism in Britain to be pulled down - from the luxury of his Monaco mansion. What this odious tax-dodger won't tell you is that the company that pays his multi-million pound annual salary made a fortune from Jewish slave labour during World War 2 - just 75 years ago. And many of those Jewish slaves were later sent to concentration camps - where they met their deaths in horrific circumstances. Hugo Boss made the Nazi uniforms, Volkswagen & Audi both used Jewish slave labour and produced military vehicles during the war. If you want to jetwash Western history, don't forget about the individuals and corporations that pay your bloated salary - otherwise you look like a whiny, over-privileged hypocrite.

  57. Cut Fire Mixing Studio
    Cut Fire Mixing Studio
    5 dagen geleden

    Mika Hakkinen switched from being Dave Mustaine to become Fredrik Nordstrom from fredman studio 😎

  58. Carlo Santin
    Carlo Santin
    5 dagen geleden

    I passed the Michael.

  59. Kadir Ahmed
    Kadir Ahmed
    5 dagen geleden

    So no

  60. DAVID
    5 dagen geleden

    Lewis has had a excellent team behind him along with a extremely reliable car matched with his fantastic driving over 7 years a lot of hard work by everyone involved Congratulations Lewis Hamilton on becoming a 7 times Formula 1 champion

    5 dagen geleden

    Yeah but Lewis Hamilton has the best car right now we're at Mercedes they've dominated technically if the cars were all the same I think it'd be a different story yes he's a good driver and he uses his equipment and he's lucky to be in that car

    5 dagen geleden

    The cars are easier to drive in this era the time that Senna drove the cars were more difficult to drive Yes Lewis Hamilton is the best right now but before him with Schumacher and then Senna.

  63. Thomas Lynch
    Thomas Lynch
    5 dagen geleden

    we all know this is a racial question...if this was max: OH YES MAX IS THE GREATEST EVER we still have guys on here choosing max over ham as the better driver and race after race ham continues to show consistency. WHEN HAM WINS AGAIN THIS YEAR YALLS MAX ARGUMENT IS GOING IN THE TRASH. if max don't win this year...

  64. ASRandom
    5 dagen geleden

    When you have 100% the best car in every aspect you cannot be greatest ever...

    1. Richard
      2 dagen geleden

      ​@FriousBlackPanther You have couple of examples like that in indycar. In F1, its every other champion. You have 6 different champions in indycar in the past decade. In F1 you have 3. And 9 of those championships were taken by only 2 drivers in the past decade. And mostly in a row as well. Because in F1 the machinery is the dominant force. Indycar is closer.

    2. FriousBlackPanther
      3 dagen geleden

      @Richard I agree with you, it’s more often in F1, because that’s how the sport is, but you still have S. Bourdais as an example that in Indycar also are champions who won several championships in a row.

    3. Richard
      3 dagen geleden

      @FriousBlackPanther Compare indycar champions to F1, its rare to win multiples in a row. In F1 its the norm

    4. FriousBlackPanther
      3 dagen geleden

      @Richard Well, Sebastian Bourdairs won 4 consecutive championships before moving to F1.

    5. Richard
      3 dagen geleden

      exactly, i doubt there is a driver who would win multiple championships in a row, if all cars were equal. just look at indycar.

  65. bestlions
    6 dagen geleden

    You're comparing driver's performances over time? Imagine comparing an F1 from 2000 with one of 2020.

  66. MadMatty72
    6 dagen geleden

    More from Mika please

  67. Tony O Donnell
    Tony O Donnell
    6 dagen geleden

    Recap: Lewis made the best of his time over 10 to 20 years while Leclerc is a fantastic driver. Good man for pointing out the obvious.

  68. Phil Maeser
    Phil Maeser
    6 dagen geleden

    let’s hope that the record will never be broken, so that we will have competitive cars/drivers and therefore great racing!

    1. Jon Eric Fountain
      Jon Eric Fountain
      6 dagen geleden

      If Lewis wasn’t competing the seasons would have been incredibly close even in the same cars. And VETTEL and BOTTAS would have titles and the titles would of been dispersed more evenly. The only factor weighing it too be skewed is LH HIMSELF.

  69. Boy10Dio
    6 dagen geleden

    you know you've made it when mika hakkinen puts a "the" before saying your name.

  70. Chasing Tenths
    Chasing Tenths
    7 dagen geleden

    ‘The’ Mika

  71. Sanket kho
    Sanket kho
    7 dagen geleden

    it’s unfair and to premature to say such a thing, coz we haven’t seen Mazepin peak yet

  72. Formel Eins
    Formel Eins
    7 dagen geleden

    I think what's worth considering is that there were times where F1 drivers' lives were literally in danger every single GP they entered. There were also no run off areas, so even just one mistake of leaving the track, could have cost you the race. These combined require a completely different mindset. And then comes on top the difficult handling of the cars. So while you cannot say, who's the best of all times, it would be interesting to see if today's pilots could handle the same pressure.

  73. Gseric47
    7 dagen geleden

    Comparing greats and legends in their primes is something I'm going to have to research on...and I mean dating back to the 1950's. Sounds like a lot of fun and a great research project, haha.

  74. Ash Geo
    Ash Geo
    7 dagen geleden

    You never know. Mazepin is still young you know..

  75. lupowins
    7 dagen geleden

    He’s on the Mount Rushmore of F1 greats with Fangio, Senna and Schumacher.

  76. Michael Singh
    Michael Singh
    7 dagen geleden

    You cant judge different era's !!

  77. Drunken Hobo
    Drunken Hobo
    7 dagen geleden

    Put simply, the greatest ever F1 driver wouldn't fail to win the WDC twice in the fastest car on the grid. Four times Hamilton has led a Championship in a competitive car but failed to take the title. He's been beaten in equal machinery by Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg - great drivers but not exactly Schumacher. His legacy will be being in the right place at the right time with Mercedes.

  78. CHR 15
    CHR 15
    7 dagen geleden

    So... NO.

  79. goesfastandfar
    7 dagen geleden

    Perhaps The Mika should jump back in the seat and give the young ones a lesson or two. Go Mika!

  80. Boney_Bonester
    7 dagen geleden

    Not a sport, Give them equal cars and we’ll judge who’s best!

  81. Dan MGTOW Bruno
    Dan MGTOW Bruno
    8 dagen geleden

    I think when we look back 20 years from now I think Lewis will be recognised as the greatest

  82. Basim Micheal
    Basim Micheal
    8 dagen geleden

    to be honest it is the car that makes the drivers achievements .it is just the luck that makes the driver get the best car

  83. otuzdortistanbul
    8 dagen geleden

    Lewis Hamilton is the best of his time and one of the best of all time. As fans we always consider the best those that are close to our hearts because they made us love F1, for me the best will always be Michael Schumacher. Mika Hakkinen is right, difficult eras different cars and also different drivers. And we will overlook the fact that he mentioned Bottas in that list just because of his pronunciation of Valtteri Bottas 😀

  84. Denis Dimitrov
    Denis Dimitrov
    8 dagen geleden

    Mikka is a better champion than Lewis. To be a legend you have to stood up against challenge and against all odds. Hamilton is very fast, but a crybaby, no gentelman. He is stuck in the fastest car and thats it. Just another brand name to sell merch, not even close to a great champion, no legend.

  85. Luis Aguirre
    Luis Aguirre
    8 dagen geleden


  86. Donald Hausenfluck
    Donald Hausenfluck
    8 dagen geleden


  87. Kswag
    8 dagen geleden

    Imo he's the most accomplished but not the greatest

  88. Peter Henning
    Peter Henning
    9 dagen geleden

    Not only the Michael now it's the Lewis too

  89. Akshat Singh
    Akshat Singh
    9 dagen geleden

    We all known it's Senna and it will always be, Lewis is very good but he also has overpowered car, we all saw when George drove it.

  90. Imran Saleem
    Imran Saleem
    9 dagen geleden

    Michael Schumacher

  91. Imran Saleem
    Imran Saleem
    9 dagen geleden

    Michael Schumacher

  92. The Deamon Meteor
    The Deamon Meteor
    9 dagen geleden

    The Lewis Verestappen Valtherri Bothass

  93. Derrick Best
    Derrick Best
    9 dagen geleden

    They say it's difficult to judge. But I can name GOATS from other sports and there's no doubt. Mike Tyson, Michael Jordon, Mohammed Ali, Hussein Bolt, Carl Lewis etc etc

    1. MrDb1973
      7 dagen geleden

      @otuzdortistanbul I agree! Look up Sugar Ray Robinson a lot of people consider him the best pound for pound fighter. I think fans of Hamilton should rest assured he has certainly cemented himself as an all time great!

    2. otuzdortistanbul
      8 dagen geleden

      @MrDb1973 absolutely right. In boxing you also have Lennox Lewis, Pacquiao, Klitschko Brothers etc. so impossible to say this is The GOAT. Same thing in football, i hate it when people say Ronaldo or Messi is the best when in football you have goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders and attackers within the same team and they also have divisions within their positions too like left back, attacking midfielder, playmaker, winger etc. I don't get why people are too fascinated by choosing just one name.

    3. MrDb1973
      8 dagen geleden

      Even here its difficult to judge, is it Ali or Tyson? Can't have 2 goats in the same sport. Everyone says Jordan has six rings, Bill Russell has 11, Wilt has insane records and Kareem does too, with 6 rings. I think instead of trying to name goats... all time greats is a better approach.

  94. Avik Sarkar
    Avik Sarkar
    9 dagen geleden

    So Mika diplomatically said, no Lewis isn't the best driver.

  95. Ahmad Adib Ilham Bin Muhammad Yusman
    Ahmad Adib Ilham Bin Muhammad Yusman
    9 dagen geleden

    Mika - My favorite F1 world champion. So aggressive but yet very humble.

  96. rikkierikkie
    9 dagen geleden

    Imo the 'greatest' is a personal thing for everyone. For me Niki Lauda will always be the greatest no matter if Hamilton wins 20 WDC's

  97. Andrew Shøvlin
    Andrew Shøvlin
    9 dagen geleden

    Somewhere on the internet u/bwoaaaah on r/formuladank is whinning Lewis whinning and Mika is here telling yall that what Lewis has achieved is very difficult. Mika is world champion.

  98. Filippo
    10 dagen geleden

    Hamilton never had to deal with real competition, tough and crazy opponents as Schumacher did back in the days where We had Montoya, Hakkinen and Coulthard...

    1. Quadri Abdulyekeen
      Quadri Abdulyekeen
      10 dagen geleden

      Schumacher's biggest rivals were Hill,Montoya, Hakkinen, Raikkonen, Villeneuve and Alonso. Hamilton's were: Alonso, Raikkonen, Massa, Vettel, Rosberg, Button and now Verstappen. I'd say the competition is about equal.

  99. Seymour Butz
    Seymour Butz
    10 dagen geleden

    He looks like a college professor.