Former Scuderia Ferrari driver Felipe Massa believes that Michael Schumacher was better technically, while Lewis Hamilton is the more talented of the two Formula 1 greats.
Hamilton broke the German’s win record on Sunday at the Portuguese Grand Prix, prompting plenty of discussion among fans and pundits about who has the edge between the two drivers.
Felipe Massa, who partnered Michael at Ferrari in 2006 and battled Hamilton for the 2008 world title, explained that it was tough to compare the two as he was never teammates with the six-time champion.
Speaking on the In the Fast Lane podcast, the Brazilian said: “It’s very difficult to compare. I didn’t race with Lewis in the same team. You really need to race with both of them in the same car, understanding the data, to compare one with the other.
“But both are completely amazing and talented and different, and complete drivers in so many areas. I would say on the technical side, Michael was in front. I don’t really see Lewis working massively with the engineers, understanding everything on the technical side. I don’t really think he knows [the car] 100%.
“But the talent and pace alone. Michael was training massively physically, Michael was very good on the technical side. I’m not sure [Hamilton] is exactly like that on the training side, on the physical side, but he’s also not really like that on technical side. But he’s making everything in the perfect way. Maybe even on the talent side, he’s even over [Schumacher]. Because even if he doesn’t work as hard, he can do everything in the perfect way.”- the former Scuderia Ferrari driver concluded.