Nov.13 - Most drivers on the grid would not be able to beat Lewis Hamilton in equal machinery.

That is the view of Carlos Sainz, hot on the heels of Max Verstappen's assertion that 90 percent of the drivers in Formula 1 would win in a Mercedes.

"I agree with Max that 90 percent of the grid would win races with the Mercedes," said Sainz.

"What I am saying is that if you put 90 percent of the grid in Mercedes cars against Hamilton, I can assure you that very few would be able to beat him over a 20 race season," he said in Istanbul.

"Hamilton is in the best car, but he is also one of the best drivers in a long time," the Spaniard added.

However, there remains no guarantee that Hamilton, 35, will even remain in Formula 1 next year as he is still yet to sign a new Mercedes contract for 2020.

"I still don't have all the answers to my questions," the soon-to-be seven time world champion said on Thursday.

"But I do love to race, I love the challenge and I don't think that will change anytime soon."


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4 F1 Fan comments on “Sainz: 'Very few' drivers could beat Hamilton

  1. Don Marsh

    Clark Schumacher Senna Hamilton. Let’s do a computer generated digital race “history “ over three nominated circuits. Clark was my all-time favourite but I’ve warm f to Hamilton.

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  2. Rupena

    Hamilton is the best driver in the Mercedes Team, with the best car on the grid. The Mercs are the best cars by far, so there is no competition for Hamilton. Put Verstappen or Ricardo in the Merc, and see the true test for Hamilton. Only then could we judge his true “greatness “. Anyone can be a champion if your car wins races for you.

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  3. reyesun

    Rupena I wouldn't beat against Hamilton at thus stage in his development no matter who you place in the other car. Sainz is actively on the F1 circuit, so if there's a competent opinion espoused on the issue, it's his over yours.

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