Lewis Hamilton defended by Mick Schumacher as new F1 star disagrees with Max Verstappen

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Mick Schumacher has defended Lewis Hamilton as well as his father claiming their success was not down to the car they were driving in F1. Hamilton became a seven-time world champion in 2020 as Mercedes continued to dominate the sport.

That has led to comments and debate on just how good the 35-year-old is and how much of it is down to the dominant car he is in.

Red Bull star Max Verstappen believes 90 per cent of drivers would be victorious for the Silver Arrows.

New Haas driver Schumacher thinks that verdict is wrong though and the talent of the likes of Hamilton and his father cannot be underestimated.

Verstappen had previously bemoaned just how strong the Mercedes car is.

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“I have a lot of respect for what they’ve achieved. I’m not frustrated about Lewis in a Mercedes car,” he said.

“To be honest, 90 percent of the field could win in that car. Nothing against Lewis, he’s a great driver, but the car is so dominant.

“OK, maybe others wouldn’t be as dominant as Lewis is, but you accept the situation you are in and you just try to make the best of it.

“I’m not frustrated, I’m more focused on what can we do to try and beat them.”

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Schumacher believes the immense amount of work the likes of Hamilton and his father have put in to be successful should not be disregarded.

“When we look at a champion dominating an entire era there is a risk of overlooking something important. The enormous amount of work it requires, how relevant are the resources, energy and talent applied by that champion who then wins,” he told Corriere Della Sera Sport.

“This is as true for Hamilton as it is for my father. There is nothing random about a great success.

“It’s an iceberg, and we often only see the tip of that iceberg emerging from the water.”

Schumacher will race for Haas in 2021 after winning the F2 series this year.

F1 returns with pre-season testing in March before the first race of the season in Melbourne.

The Australian Grand Prix will take place on Sunday, March 21 as Hamilton kicks off his campaign to become an eight-time world champion.

The Mercedes star is expected to stay at the team and in the sport despite not signing a new contract for 2021 at present.

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