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Lewis Hamilton has been hailed as a more complete driver than Michael Schumacher by nine-time grand prix winner Mark Webber.

Hamilton, who holds a five-point championship lead over team-mate Valtteri Bottas ahead of Sunday's British Grand Prix, is on course to match Schumacher's haul of seven world titles this season. The 35-year-old Mercedes driver is also just five wins short of Schumacher's win record of 91 - a tally he seems certain to soon surpass.

"I would take Lewis over Michael because of his completeness," Webber, who raced against both men, said.

"I am not saying Michael wasn't anything because we are comparing two juggernauts. Michael put our sport into a whole new stratosphere in terms of fitness and approach. He was an extraordinary pioneer.

"But some of Michael's numbers are challenged in terms of how he went about certain things. So, Lewis, in terms of how clinical he is, how he has done some pretty special stuff in weaker cars, I would have him by a whisker.

"When he can smell victories and the real stuff, which is winning championships, he is absolutely frightening.

"Lewis has had a long career, and the sign again of a great champion is longevity. When Lewis is eight out of 10, he is special, but when he is 10 out of 10, going for it and is hungry, he is pretty much unbeatable."

Belfast Telegraph