Whilst insisting he 'doesn't like talking about other drivers' Giancarlo Fisichella has hit out at Lewis Hamilton for not having 'wrapped up the championship a few races ago', whilst stressing that in his opinion the McLaren-Mercedes star is not even close to being one of the sport's greats.
Hamilton stands on the brink of Formula 1 title glory for the second time in as many campaigns heading into the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos this weekend – a race in which last year he missed out on the laurels by a single point to Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.
Twelve months on it is the other scarlet machine of Felipe Massa that the British ace is battling as he endeavours to become the sport's youngest-ever world champion – but Fisichella suggests he should already be a back-to-back title-winner.
“I don't like talking about other drivers,” the Italian stated in an interview with the Times of India
, “[but] I'll say this much – a driver can become a champion when he makes [fewer] mistakes than others.
“Lewis is quick and he has a fantastic car. He should have won the title last year, and he should have wrapped up the  championship a few races ago. He didn't.”
Somewhat ironically, similar claims have made about Fisichella's own career in the top flight, the 35-year-old frequently criticised for having failed to make the most of both his opportunities and the race-winning equipment put at his disposal with Renault in 2005 and 2006.
The Roman, however – who now races for the back-of-the-grid Force India concern after being released by the Régie
at the end of last season – was eager to stress that there could be no comparison between Hamilton and the sport's multiple former world champions Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna.
“No,” the three-time grand prix-winner asserted. “He's nothing like them.”