F1 pundit Peter Windsor recently discussed the driving styles of Brazilian Ayrton Senna and German Michael Schumacher, saying that the two legends had very different approaches to driving an F1 car.
The former McLaren and Ferrari manager explained on his YouTube channel, Live Stream, that Senna preferred more throttle blipping than Michael Schumacher. He said about Senna:
“The only unorthodox thing about Senna was his throttle blipping. He’s got rotation at exactly the right moment but unlike any other great driver, he then wasn’t just poised with various throttle positions squeezing it in, getting the power absolutely perfectly linear applied to what the rear wheels could take, he would blip the throttle and he did that from Formula Ford 2000 onwards and kind of helped him little bit in the turbo era when lag came in but other drivers also started to play with the throttle as well.
Windsor then discussed Schumacher’s driving style, saying:
“Michael was very different. He was the first of the really technologically aware drivers because it was the technological era in which he arrived and everything just exploded in front of him. There was a while where we were driven with traction control and all these things but they were banned. When he went to Ferrari, he got Ross Brawn, he’s got Rory Burn, everything he could possibly want in terms of facilities,”
“There is absolutely no way in the world Michael Schumacher, at his peak, was quicker over one lap than Lewis Hamilton” – F1 pundit
Peter Windsor also stated that he did not agree with Mercedes’s technical director’s claims that Michael Schumacher was faster than Lewis Hamilton over one lap. He prefaced his claim, saying:
“I think engineers are entitled to their opinion, but I’ve had my fair share of race engineers, and performance engineers, giving their opinion on drivers. 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.
Windsor then stated that, according to him, peak Schumacher would not have been faster than peak Hamilton:
“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.”
Lewis Hamilton currently has 35 more pole positions than Michael Schumacher during his time in the sport. Both drivers have seven World Championships to their name.