Hamilton 15th in BBC's greatest drivers list
As the BBC profiles it's top 20 F1 drivers in history over the course of the 2012 season, it has been revealed that former F1 champion Lewis Hamilton has placed 15th in the list. Hamilton, nicknamed "Il Phenomeno" in Italy, was praised for his impressive debut season as well as his wet weather driving. Criticism was however levelled at his loss of that debut title as well as his error-ridden 2011 season.
25 May 2012 - Source
NigelErnestJamesMansellOBE Nigel Mansell
I would like to put it on record that given my long association with the BBC I will respect the choices of their F1 team, irrespective of where they place me on the list, owing to the debt I feel I owe the BBC for being instrumental during my multiple F1 careers in establishing me as a British hero, a lesson you would do well to learn Lewis. Murray and I always had a special relationship, which endured during all our interviews, whether Murray was quizzing me after a victory, or after a defeat, during times of joy, or times of stress, or whether we spoke during my racing career, or during my retirement, or during my return, or during my subsequent re-retirement, or during my re-return, and final retirement. And further I might add how proud I am that we are linked so iconically in the pantheon of spectacular, dramatic, heart-warming, heart-breaking, heart-stopping, vintage F1 footage.
diResta Paul di Resta
Slight correction there Michael, currently you are statistically the best driver ever. Motorsport historians will record this as the time when I emerged from the nascent period of my stellar career, when I moved on to the top team enabling me to fulfil my destiny and overhaul your records, with a possible ironic twist being me replacing you at Mercedes.
diResta Paul di Resta
Even if the Mercedes deal does not work out Michael, an indicator of how my sublime talent has lit up the F1 world is that I have been also linked to a Ferrari seat. Given I am potentially the best driver ever, there would be a neat symmetry in me joining the greatest team in the history of F1, a view shared by a compatriot with a similar level of talent to myself, Sir Jackie Stewart.
jackie Jackie Stewart
The conversion of one's potential into results is a complex process, requiring a multi-faceted skill set as both a driver and a man. The fact that I regularly feature highly in the all-time lists is in no small measure a consequence of my mantra that the manner in which one's victories are achieved is just as important as the victories themselves, as I delineate in my autobiography "Winning is not enough".