Walker, 96, has always had Juan Manuel Fangio at the top of his personal list but expects the six-time reigning world champion to dismiss him “very soon”.
And that means Hamilton has already usurped Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna in the mind of the broadcaster who used to light up races for viewers until his retirement in 2001.
Regarding his preference for Hamilton over Schumacher and Senna, Walker pointed to the Briton’s own fairness and driving tactics that kept him from being involved in controversial incidents.
This last round almost had me had We still have this 🏆🏁 I can’t express how grateful I am to all the fans and my amazing team. To think it’s the 7th win at home is just crazy. Thanks for the positive energy everyone, we made it together. #BritishGP #TeamLH #StillWeRise @ F1 pic.twitter.com/PyAPZ6SZrI
– Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) 2 août 2020
“Fangio took a lot of hits, [as did] Jim Clark, Sir Jackie Stewart, I could go on but this is the best one I really don’t know, ”Walker said on the In the Fast Lane podcast, reported by Autosport.
“I was saying Fangio. I think I’ll have to say Lewis Hamilton very soon.
“If you look at it in terms of statistics, he already has more poles than Michael Schumacher. He’s got at least three years in him if he doesn’t get injured or quit Mercedes for some reason or if they decide to quit.
“In this case, he has at least three other championships ahead of him, so statistically he will become the tallest.
“But he is also in my opinion – and this is very controversial indeed – better than Schumacher or Senna because both Schumacher and Senna have adopted very questionable driving tactics on several occasions in their careers.
“Like Schumacher deliberately stopping in Monaco to prevent [Fernando Alonso] get pole position, as Schumacher collided with Jacques Villeneuve at Jerez in 1997, as Senna with [Alain] Prost in 1990 in Japan.
“Lewis Hamilton has never been anything like it. It’s still as clean as a whistle.
“He’s an extremely nice and extremely talented driver and I don’t think we’ve ever seen someone like him before.
Known for his exciting commentary style, Walker was also asked what he would have called the dramatic final stages of the British Grand Prix in which Hamilton suffered a puncture on the last lap in his Mercedes and limped overhead. the front row a quick-closing Max Verstappen. .
“Gosh, I would have absolutely gone bananas, through the roof of the comment box, I should be thinking,” Walker said.
“It has to be one of the most exciting arrivals ever when you think about it, Lewis comes home to the win and then all of a sudden it looks like he’s coming back nowhere.”
Follow us on twitter @ Planet_F1 and like our la page Facebook.