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Fisi: Lewis should have won two F1 titles by now.

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 [2008] 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.”

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FooAtari .

October 27, 2008 2:33 PM

And how many championships did you win when you were in a Championship winning car? Oh yeah, taht would be none. In fact while your team mate wrapped up two titles you won a whole 3 races? Sure Hamilton has made plenty mistakes. You can excuse them in 2007 as it was his Rookie year and finishing second 1 point behind the champion was still a fantastic result. He has made some silly mistakes again this year but is still looking good for the title. Maybe Fisi should look at his own results at certain points in his career before having a go at others.

Ian Corper - Unregistered

October 27, 2008 2:43 PM

Had there not been so much outside interference, both this year and last the titles could have gone his way. but MS didn''t win the titles in the first 2 seasons, and nor did Senna. Lewis has talent, he needs to control it a bit better but that comes with experience. Sorry Fisi I think its just sour grapes on your part that you blew your chances when they came your way. If you dont like being an ''also ran'' get out of the car and let someone with passion and drive have your seat, there are many waiting to step up to the mark.

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