Hamilton’s record-breaking run will be judged by lack of competition – Hill

Damon Hill fears Lewis Hamilton's record-breaking run will be judged by a lack of serious competition in Formula One.

Hamilton has raced to 92 career victories and is on the verge of equalling Michael Schumacher's all-time haul of seven world championships.

He heads into this weekend's Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Imola with a 77-point lead over Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas in the standings.

It keeps the Briton on course to win his sixth title in seven seasons at Mercedes. He has also won 71 times with the sport's all-conquering team since his transfer from McLaren in 2013.

"There is a risk that Lewis' achievements will be measured against the intensity of his competition," 1996 world champion Hill told the PA news agency.

"He had to fight hard against (former team-mate) Nico Rosberg but he pretty much had the upper hand on him most of the time. Valtteri is doing a solid job but he cannot keep up with Lewis during the races.

"Mercedes have totally dominated this era and Lewis is not being challenged.

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PORTIMAO, PORTUGAL - OCTOBER 25: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates his record breaking 92nd race win on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Portugal at Autodromo Internacional do Algarve on October 25, 2020 in Portimao, Portugal. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain after his record breaking 92nd win at the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (Jose Sena Goulao, Pool via AP)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, right, is congratulated by his father Anthony Hamilton after his record breaking 92nd win at the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (Jorge Guerrero, Pool via AP)
Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium after winning the Portuguese Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve on October 25, 2020 in Portimao. (Photo by JOSE SENA GOULAO / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JOSE SENA GOULAO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain jumps out of his car after his record breaking 92nd win at the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (Jorge Guerrero, Pool via AP)
Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton adjusts his protective face mask in the parc ferme after the Portuguese Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve on October 25, 2020 in Portimao. (Photo by JORGE GUERRERO / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JORGE GUERRERO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain waves after winning the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (Jose Sena Goulao, Pool via AP)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, left, jubilates after his record breaking 92nd win at the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (Jorge Guerrero, Pool via AP)
Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi of Italy, left, and Haas driver Romain Grosjean of France steer their cars during the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (Jorge Guerrero, Pool via AP)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain holds up the trophy on the podium after his record breaking win during the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (Jose Sena Goulao, Pool via AP)
Fans sit behind a fence as they watch the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (Jose Sena Goulao, Pool via AP)
Crew cheer on Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain as he crosses the finish line to win the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (Jose Sena Goulao, Pool via AP)
Haas driver Kevin Magnussen of Denmark, left, steers his car during the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (Jorge Guerrero, Pool via AP)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (Jose Sena Goulao, Pool via AP)
Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi of Italy steers his car followed by Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany during the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (Rudy Carezzevoli, Pool via AP)
Mclaren driver Carlos Sainz of Spain is followed by Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain during the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (Jorge Guerrero, Pool via AP)
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland steers his car during the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (Jose Sena Goulao, Pool via AP)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, center, steers his car during the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (Jorge Guerrero, Pool via AP)
Red Bull driver Alexander Albon of Thailand, left, steers his car during the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (Jorge Guerrero, Pool via AP)
Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton steers his car back to the parc ferme after the Portuguese Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve on October 25, 2020 in Portimao. (Photo by JORGE GUERRERO / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JORGE GUERRERO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Racing Point's Canadian driver Lance Stroll and McLaren's British driver Lando Norris crash during the Portuguese Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve on October 25, 2020 in Portimao. (Photo by JORGE GUERRERO / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JORGE GUERRERO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
PORTIMAO, PORTUGAL - OCTOBER 25: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates his record breaking 92nd race win in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Portugal at Autodromo Internacional do Algarve on October 25, 2020 in Portimao, Portugal. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during qualification for the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. The Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix will take place on Sunday. (Jorge Guerrero, Pool via AP)
Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland, left, steers his car during qualification for the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. The Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix will take place on Sunday. (Jorge Guerrero, Pool via AP)
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands at the finish after clocking the third fastest time during qualification for the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. The Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix will take place on Sunday. (Jose Sena Goulao, Pool via AP)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain gives the thumbs up after clocking the fastest time during qualification for the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. Hamilton will take pole position for the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix which takes place on Sunday. (Jose Sena Goulao, Pool via AP)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during qualification for the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. The Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix will take place on Sunday. (Jorge Guerrero, Pool via AP)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain gets out of his car after clocking the fastest time during qualification for the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. The Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix will take place on Sunday. (Jose Sena Goulao, Pool via AP)
Haas driver Romain Grosjean of France, left, steers his car during qualification for the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. The Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix will take place on Sunday. (Jorge Guerrero, Pool via AP)
Stewatds check a manhole on the track during the third free practice session for the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. The Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix will take place on Sunday. (Rafael Marchante, Pool via AP)
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands steers his car during the third practice session prior to the Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix at the Algarve International Circuit in Portimao, Portugal, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. The Formula One Portuguese Grand Prix will take place on Sunday. (AP Photo/Armando Franca, Pool)
Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton celebrates in the parc ferme with his team after taking the pole position after the qualifying session at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve on October 24, 2020 in Portimao ahead of the Portuguese Formula One Grand Prix. (Photo by JOSE SENA GOULAO / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JOSE SENA GOULAO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
McLaren's British driver Lando Norris drives during the qualifying session at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve on October 24, 2020 in Portimao ahead of the Portuguese Formula One Grand Prix. (Photo by Armando Franca / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ARMANDO FRANCA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Track marshals watch Ferrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel during the third practice session at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve on October 24, 2020 in Portimao ahead of the Portuguese Formula One Grand Prix. (Photo by JOSE SENA GOULAO / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JOSE SENA GOULAO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Alfa Romeo's Italian driver Antonio Giovinazzi drives during the third practice session at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve on October 24, 2020 in Portimao ahead of the Portuguese Formula One Grand Prix. (Photo by JORGE GUERRERO / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JORGE GUERRERO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
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"He demolishes everyone but we are missing the chance to see the best of him because if he had to fight hard, that is when you see the great drivers shine. You cannot keep saying look at the king's lovely new coat over and over again."

Bottas is set to partner Hamilton for a fifth-consecutive season in 2021, and with changes to the regulations put on hold for 12 months following the coronavirus pandemic, Mercedes are expected to continue their domination into another campaign.

Max Verstappen is the only driver on the same level as Hamilton, but the 23-year-old Dutchman is tied into a long-term Red Bull contract.

Hill has called for an urgent overhaul of the sport's governance, taking power away from the teams to ensure the best drivers are in the best machinery.

The 60-year-old continued: "People wanted to see Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost in the same team, Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet in the same team and now they want to see Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen in the same team. That is F1's version of a boxing prize fight.

"If we cannot get the teams to be equal then you must have these drivers in the same team and generate a show. But we have gone through a period where teams have being frightened of putting two stallions in the same stable.

"Mercedes want to keep Lewis sweet. He is the key to everything. He is so talented, he brings everything to the team, and the team are not going to want to upset him.

"So how do you create a system whereby it makes no difference to Mercedes if they have another driver who is a rival to Lewis?

"Let's say Max finishes second in the championship, perhaps he should then have the opportunity to transfer himself into the Mercedes team? Or maybe the fans should be involved, saying we will pick the showdown we want to see.

"It needs imagination, it needs vision and not simply for the teams to have a hold on the drivers."

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