New F1 generation replaces Lewis Hamilton

Despite his past successes, Herbert believes that Hamilton's most successful years have passed, and a new era of Formula 1 is upon us.

Lewis Hamilton's best days, in the opinion of former Formula 1 driver Johnny Herbert, are behind him as a new generation, led by Max Verstappen, takes the helm.


In 2020, Hamilton tied Michael Schumacher's record of seven World Championships before becoming the first driver to win more than 100 Grand Prix races the following year. Hamilton now holds the record for being the most statistically successful racer in history. But in 2022, Hamilton experienced his first winless season and was out-qualified at four of the first five races of the new season by teammate George Russell.

Verstappen, a Red Bull driver, defeated Hamilton to win the 2021 championship in highly contentious circumstances before winning a second title the following season. Having won 28 of the previous 49 races dating back to the beginning of his first title-winning season, he presently leads teammate Sergio Perez by 14 points in the 2023 standings.

Herbert asserts that despite the fact that Lewis isn't performing at his best because his prime has passed, he still has a bloody high level of skill. The ascent of Verstappen, Russell, and McLaren driver Lando Norris, according to Herbert, is comparable to what occurred when legends like Niki Lauda and Ayrton Senna entered the field, and he underlined that he is extremely respectful of Hamilton's accomplishments.


He also discussed drivers from later eras, such as Michael Schumacher and Mika Häkkinen. Herbert says a new generation stands in his way. Every century before the present has had. In 1984, I can still see how Ayrton's appearance altered everything. Jackie Stewart, Jim Clark, and Niki all followed suit. It's Michael Schumacher and Mika Häkkinen in the contemporary era. They are the unique ones that appear every ten years. And I think Max, Lando, and George are examples of it right now.

Despite all the criticism over the past two seasons, Lewis Hamilton still intends to play the sport for a very long time. He has frequently expressed his desire to compete for Mercedes over an extended period of time.