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Michael Schumacher 2019: Eddie Irvine Praises German Icon; Thrashes Sebastian Vettel

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Michael Schumacher has been off the grid for more than a decade and the motorsports world is still abuzz with his name. This isn’t surprising given that the German legend still holds the most F1 titles to date – seven titles with five having been won in consecutive fashion.

However, that coveted record is being threatened by Lewis Hamilton as he holds five titles of his own. Motorsports world analysts are touting that Hamilton will be the one to break Michael Schumacher’s achievements given the talent of the Brit inside the grid. But former F1 racer Eddie Irvine disagrees, Motorsport Week reported.

While Irvine commends Lewis Hamilton’s overall skill, he said that the Brit isn’t anywhere close to Michael Schumacher’s category. “Lewis is an amazingly talented driver. When he first came to Formula 1 he was fantastic to watch and his overtaking was second to none. He's probably a better overtaker than Michael was, but for pace, and consistency over a whole weekend, over a whole year, I don't think anyone touches Michael, [not] even Senna,” Irvine said.

On the other hand, the Irish native said some scathing remarks about Sebastian Vettel, calling the German racer “massively overrated” and a “one-trick pony.” Vettel has yet to respond from the criticism and it would be interesting to see how he’ll handle Irvine’s statements. For his part, Michael Schumacher remains distant about the matter.

In fact, he’s been keeping away from the motorsports world for years after suffering a severe brain injury in 2013 during a skiing mishap. However, Michael Schumacher still follows the sport as has been revealed by Jean Todt.

The FIA (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile) president previously said that he was watching with the German icon when Lewis Hamilton won his fifth title. As for the recovery of Michael Schumacher, information is scarce as has been from day one. However, it’s been reported that the driver isn’t bedridden anymore although there’s still a long road ahead in terms of convalescence.

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