Lewis Hamilton No. 1 driver, says Formula One legend Berger

London: Formula One legend Gerhard Berger has rated 2008 champion Lewis Hamilton as the top racer of the current generation.

Of late, Hamilton has been on the receiving end of a torrent of criticism from former drivers and critics after a season marred by crashes.

But ex-Benetton, McLaren and Ferrari driver Berger reckons Hamilton is still the best on the grid at overtaking — despite the number of collisions.

Media quoted Austrian Berger, 52, who was co-owner of Toro Rosso after quitting driving, as saying: "I would love to have Lewis as No 1 in my team if I had one. Together with Sebastian Vettel. Although maybe not, because that would not work — but cause havoc!”

"In my view, Seb, Fernando Alonso and Hamilton are the three best drivers out there. Vettel performs perfectly. Alonso suffers from minor mistakes, but he has not got a car on par with Seb`s,” Berger added.

Bureau Report