Brawn has worked closely with both drivers. He was the technical director at Benetton when Schumacher won his first two titles and then at Ferrari and he became principal of Mercedes in 2010, persuading Hamilton to join the team, and worked alongside him in 2013 before retiring a year later. Brawn, who has also been fundamental in shaping the form F1 believes Lewis Hamilton would deserve to equal Michael Schumacher’s record of seven world titles should the British driver take the championship this season. Formula One’s sporting director considers both drivers to be exceptional but that their skills differ because the sport has changed since the German’s era.
Hamilton has won the world championship six times, and with stable regulations and Mercedes in imperious form last year.
“They are both massively talented in what they do in the car and those moments where they pull something out of nowhere,” he said.
This will be Hamilton’s 14th season in F1 but he remains motivated and the new season, which starts in Melbourne on 15 March, looms large. However, Brawn feels it is difficult to make direct comparisons between Hamilton and Schumacher. “They were different cars, different eras, different competition,” he said. “Lewis is incredibly professional, dedicated and committed but Michael had an intensity of detail toward the car that Lewis doesn’t need.