Brits choose Sebastian Vettel as best driver over Lewis Hamilton

It is a somewhat crazy result for a poll being held in Britain: not Lewis Hamilton but Sebastian Vettel is being chosen as the best driver of his generation.

The question was asked by the British Formula 1 news website Formula1News.co.uk. It’s quite a crazy result for a country where the brand new world champion comes from, who also just matched the record of Michael Schumacher. But in England they seem to be more impressed by Vettel than Hamilton.

Many votes in favour of Vettel

53{3851c0879557ceb6c70cddb6630c7df9a9750acfd53fffec21979e603af26faa} would have voted for Vettel, compared with 31{3851c0879557ceb6c70cddb6630c7df9a9750acfd53fffec21979e603af26faa} for Hamilton. The rest of the votes fell on Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso. An important detail, however, is that it is not known how many people actually responded to the poll. It is therefore not clear whether the result is representative.

When Autobild confronted Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko about this result, he reacted very surprised. However, he does get it somewhere. “There is no doubt about Lewis Hamilton’s driving skills. But on the other hand: today’s Mercedes cars in the hybrid era have a much greater power advantage than we had with Red Bull from 2010 to 2013. The results from those years also show that. In addition, in 2017 and 2018 Vettel managed to finish in a Mercedes for Valtteri Bottas during the championship. That also shows class.”

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