Yes, Lewis Hamilton taking his 100th win in Formula 1 IS very significant. But is this where we should start? Is this what’s most important? In my opinion, NO. Here’s what we SHOULD be thinking about… Lewis was the first to 92 wins, surpassing what everyone believed was unsurpassable – Michael Schumacher’s 91 wins. He was then the first to 93, 94, 95… you get the picture. But for even more context, let’s consider this – Lewis Hamilton has +89% more wins than Sebastian Vettel, +96% more than Alain Prost, +144% more than Ayrton Senna, and +213% more than Fernando Alonso. If that’s not a reason to say “holy shit” then I don’t know what would be. Incredible.
You will always be a legend and probably one of the best we have ever seen in motorsports (although we contend that Ayrton Senna was THE best). With that being said, staging a comeback at this point in your life seems trivial at best and we don’t feel it’s the best move for Formula 1. 2009 was a pretty crazy year, with teams dropping out at the end of it all, Renault “convicted” of shady practices and several drivers really putting the best foot forward. All this makes us want to forget this past season and really look forward to 2010, when we can start fresh. What’s there to look forward to?
- Jenson vs. Lewis
- Fernando at Ferrari (and probably a Fred vs. Massa battle)
- All the new F1 teams – Campos, Virgin, Lotus, USF1
- No refueling
Does F1 really need the distraction that is Michael Schumacher? Wouldn’t the empty seat at Mercedes, formerly Brawn, be better served by a younger driver who has the talent but may not have had an adequate car to shine? Coming back to try to win again seems very much like teams who never had real passion for racing but doing it for the sake of doing and creating a storyline with which to sell cars. I’m sure your wife and kids would appreciate you staying retired as well.
Although Bernie would probably love to see you come back to sell tickets, that’s not in the spirit of racing, is it? Please give us an opportunity to remember you as the 7-time World Champion with countless records under your belt, not as a Mickey Rourke-like wrestler pining for a last bit of glory.