RONNIE O’SULLIVAN reckons Lewis Hamilton cannot be one among sport’s greats as a result of his automotive provides him an unfair benefit.
The snooker world champion snubbed Hamilton from his listing of all-time greats as a result of F1 shouldn’t be “a stage enjoying area”.
Ronnie O’Sullivan dismissed Lewis Hamilton as one among sport’s greatsCredit score: Getty Photographs
Lewis Hamilton gained his seventh F1 world title on SundayCredit score: Getty Photographs
And there are calls for the Mercedes driver to be knighted after his beautiful achievement.
However O’Sullivan informed the Daily Star: “It’s improbable for Lewis to win seven world titles, but when your automotive goes round faster you’ll be able to afford to make just a few errors and nonetheless get away with it.
“It’s a bit like driving round smoking a cigar with one finger on the wheel!
“I believe it’s tough to say the place he’s (among the many greats).
“Quite a lot of the sports activities I watch – the those that have completed it, you need to look whether or not it’s a stage enjoying area.
“If in case you have a automotive that’s going a second a lap faster than the opposite automobiles, in principle all he has to beat is his team-mate Bottas – who appears to be comfy and joyful enjoying second fiddle.
“I wouldn’t have felt pretty much as good about my profession in snooker if I had been enjoying on a desk the place the pockets I used to be utilizing have been greater than my opponent’s.”
O’Sullivan went on to call seven nice sports activities stars which he claimed dominated on a stage enjoying area, in contrast to Hamilton.
The six-time world snooker champ stated: “It doesn’t imply as a lot as say a sport like tennis with Federer enjoying everybody on a stage enjoying area, or Kipchoge operating in opposition to everybody on a stage enjoying area.
“Snooker is like that, too, with a stage enjoying area. In boxing sure boxers keep away from sure fighters in order that makes it arduous for them to have credibility except they fought the very best.
“That’s why you need to give credit score to folks like Tyson Fury as a result of you recognize they gained’t duck anybody and can battle anybody anyplace at any time.
“I simply suppose sport is the place there is no such thing as a benefit.
“You don’t get to decide on your opponent or have higher gear. So for me, Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Phil Taylor in darts, Tiger Woods, Messi, Ronaldo… it’s there to see.”
Hamilton gained Sunday’s Turkish Grand Prix in beautiful modelCredit score: Reuters
Ronnie O’Sullivan gained his sixth World Snooker Championship earlier this yrCredit score: Rex Options