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Villeneuve jabs Hamilton: Senna and Schumacher won in cars that shouldn't have won

It's a question that continues to be asked: where does Lewis Hamilton stack up compared to F1 greats of the past? Jacques Villeneuve weighed in on the matter.

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Jacques Villeneuve doesn't know whether Lewis Hamilton should be put above Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher in terms of the all time F1 greats, pointing to Mercedes' dominance as the reason why.

The Brit holds many of the sport's most important records, including most wins, pole position and podium finishes. Another world title this season would increase his total to eight, putting him one ahead of the aforementioned German.

Despite Hamilton's long list of accomplishments, Villeneuve told Corriere della Sera that Mercedes' dominance makes it hard to compare the Brit to greats like Senna and Schumacher, who often found themselves ahead of their rivals despite driving cars that shouldn't have won.

"I don't know," Villeneuve told Corriere della Sera. "Michael and Ayrton won in cars who shouldn't have won, in complicated situations without the help of their teams.

"Lewis has always dominated with the best car and the support of the entire team. We would have to see what he does without those two conditions."

In terms of the fight for the 2021 title, Villeneuve believes Red Bull have a car capable of winning despite coming up short in Bahrain.

"It will be a long battle," Villeneuve added. "Red Bull have a great car, but they were caught out in Bahrain. They had victory in their pockets but they found a way to lose.

"Even Verstappen has to face a different kind of pressure, he can't make a mistake."

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