F1 fans decide on Hamilton or Verstappen superiority as record broken

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Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen should now be classed as a better driver than Lewis Hamilton, according to Express Sport readers. A poll with nearly 20,000 entries from our dedicated readers has revealed which of the drivers can be considered the fastest on the grid – and there is a clear majority of fans who believe the Red Bull star can stake his claim as the best driver in the sport.

We asked readers to determine whether Verstappen is better than Hamilton after breaking the record for most wins in a single F1 season. And according to those who participated in the survey, 56 per cent of fans believe Verstappen is a better driver than Hamilton after securing his record 14th win in 2022.

The 25-year-old has been in phenomenal form this season and is ending the campaign on a strong note with five consecutive race wins, having also won eight of the last nine races. Only Sergio Perez has managed to stop him when his Red Bull team-mate triumphed in Singapore.

He now has two world titles to his name, putting him in the same esteemed company as Fernando Alonso and Mika Hakkinen as drivers who have won the coveted Drivers’ Championship on two occasions.

But in the greatest of all time (GOAT) debate, he remains some way off Hamilton’s collection of titles, who along with Ferrari legend Michael Schumacher, has seven in his trophy cabinet.

The second question that readers were quizzed on is whether Hamilton and Mercedes will end their long wait for a race victory in 2022 after failing to do so in the 20 races this year.

And while the results were close, F1 fans are doubtful of the Silver Arrows’ ability to get the better of Red Bull and Ferrari, with only 43 per cent of voters backing them to take the chequered flag in either Brazil or Abu Dhabi.

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Hamilton famously claimed victory at the Brazilian Grand Prix last year as he and Verstappen fought a close battle at Interlagos, having started 10th on the grid. The 2020 champion has won at the circuit three times before – in 2016, 2018 and 2021 – so he will be confident about ending the longest streak of his career without a win.

Mercedes star Hamilton missed his chance to claim his first victory of the season at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin after leading for the majority of the race.

He was then handed a golden opportunity to finish on top of the podium after a long pit stop from Verstappen saw him tumble down the order.

But Verstappen broke Mercedes fans’ hearts when he overtook Hamilton with six laps to go at the United States Grand Prix to deny his 2021 championship rival.

The Dutchman then got the better of Hamilton for a second time in as many races in Mexico City after pulling clear of the Mercedes star.

But it remains to be seen whether he can deny him for a third race in a row at a track that holds special memories for Hamilton after winning his first title in Brazil back in 2008.

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