Sep.9 - F1 legend Sir Jackie Stewart thinks it's time a new world champion is crowned.

"It's always nice to see a young challenger who can attack the leader," the 82-year-old, a former triple world champion and team owner, told Ziggo Sport.

"Lewis Hamilton was the leader for too long," he insisted. "His team has been dominant for so long that we haven't experience this for a long time."

Stewart is therefore open about who he is putting his support behind for the remainder of the 2021 season.

"Max Verstappen has put the sport back on the map, because it's so important that there is someone in Formula 1 who provides the action and the tension.

"The Honda engine is now good enough for Verstappen can take the fight to them. He's also hungrier than Hamilton," the Scot added.

But even Hamilton, 36, insists that he welcomes the current battle against Red Bull's championship leader Verstappen.

"It is extremely difficult to race against Verstappen, but there are so many drivers who are difficult to fight," he told the Dutch broadcaster NOS.

"Verstappen is extra difficult because he is very talented and in a very good team. He's in the shape of his life right now, both physically and mentally I think," said Hamilton.

"It's a hard fight, but that's what makes it beautiful."


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12 F1 Fan comments on “Ex-F1 driver Stewart thinks Hamilton & Mercedes dominated too long

  1. Linda

    Hamilton has been the leader for no longer than Schumacher was in 7 Championships. Did Stewart say this about Michael & Ferrari? Every winning streak comes to an end eventually. Red Bull dominated for 4 straight seasons & that ended for them too. I just hope that GR hasn't gone to Mercedes at the wrong time, now they've lost that dominance

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    • ReallyOldRacer

      Linda, we disagree on this one. I think that Georgie Boy is way overrated and will benefit from MB's future lack of dominance. The team will be a convenient whipping boy for RUS's lack of ultimate success. Just my opinion. We'll see.

      Don't forget the 'Deadly Driver' review.

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      • Linda

        ROR, one book review coming up. Don't bother buying it. I've given it 2 stars. When a book doesn't hold my attention & I find myself watching rubbish tv instead, that's always a bad sign. It was something of nothing. Not really much about F1, other than race venues mentioned, although RED BULL energy drink got a mention & I say got a mention because energy drinks were referred to as just that, then RB got a mention. It wasn't much of a thriller. It wasn't much of anything. I read all the time & will be deleting this book from my Kindle as one I never want to read again

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        • ReallyOldRacer

          Wow. If that's a 2 star I'd hate to see a 1 star. LOL Thank you very much. I was planning a download for the plane. Now I'll just watch the clouds and look for animal shapes.

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          • Linda

            ROR, you'll probably find the clouds more interesting. I forgot to mention that the 'Deadly Driver's' hero of all times is Mario Andretti. I left a `review' under the heading about the book also. I hadn't seen your reply to that one. It also explains the headache. I feel those last 2 words should be in capitals 🤣

  2. Ray Borg

    There has been quite a lot of era s in F-1 when a driver dominated.From Fangio to Senna from Schumacher to Hamilton.Now the Verstappen era is seems upon us .Who knows whats next?

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  3. Les

    Linda
    You have it wrong. Schumacher won his first 2 championships with Bennetton.
    Ferrari and Schumacher were only dominant 2000 -2005. Mercedes dominant between 2014 and 2020 with Hamilton and Rosberg 2016 only just over Hamilton.
    Stewart is right , dominant for far too long. Go Max for this year. Hoping we can have Max ,Le Clerc ,Lando , Russell all young drivers fighting for wins from 2022.

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    • Linda

      Les, you are totally right of course. It's funny, I only associate MS with Ferrari, despite knowing about his Championships with Bennetton☺️ I guess my point really was, has Stewart commented on any other driver or team re dominating? He doesn't appear to think much of LH

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  4. RAY BORG

    In the Schumacher era especially from 2000-05 he really dominated.No one got a lookin.While in Hamilton s time there was Roseberg,Vettel now Verstappen.There was a great driver who should have dominated more than than these thats Jim Clark ,yet luck was not on his side was it.

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  5. Linda

    ROR, you'll probably find the clouds more interesting. I forgot to mention that the 'Deadly Driver's' hero of all times is Mario Andretti. I left a `review' under the heading about the book also. I hadn't seen your reply to that one. It also explains the headache. I feel those last 2 words should be in capitals 🤣

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