The problem is they would retire the car nowadays to save the engine/gearbox. Another element of racing lost to current rules
True, but engineering is so much better nowadays, Hamilton benefits from that over previous greats.
Well my solution to this "you can't win in the wrong car" complaint is .
Change the structure of F!.
Separate drivers from teams
Drivers independent of teams and paid on race results and final championship standing..
Teams paid on race results and final championship standing.
Every driver drives every car throughout the season
Never going to happen but would be great to see all drivers in all cars.
Of course it's never going to happen, it's the way F1 has always been, best engineered car wins. The issue we have is Hamilton fans elevating him to a status (GOAT) that many feel he doesn't deserve. Stats alone are meaningless without context:
He didn't turn Mercedes into a winning team
He drives in the safest and most reliable era
He drives in the era with most points and races
Longest period of a single team dominance
Just because most if not all those things also apply to Schumacher is irrelevant, not everyone regards him as the GOAT, he "was" statistically, but no more. There's more to being a GOAT then statistics.
end of the day, Hamitlon is a great and a legend....but not best ever.