Eddie Jordan has credited Nico Rosberg’s decision to retire from Formula 1 in the aftermath of winning his world title in 2016, saying Lewis Hamilton would have wiped the floor with him if he remained on the grid afterwards.
Hamilton has secured three straight championships after being beaten by Mercedes team-mate Rosberg to the title, with Valtteri Bottas unable to push the Briton far enough in his three years with the Silver Arrows.
Sebastian Vettel has fallen short in a pair of title fights with Hamilton, while the likes of Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc are yet to fully feature at the sharp end of the standings for an entire season.
Former F1 team owner Jordan believes it leaves Hamilton in a peerless position in F1, something he says would be unchanged even if Rosberg remained.
“Honestly, he doesn’t need to get much better,” Jordan told Gulf News of the six-time world champion. “He just needs to continue because there is nobody really out there to challenge him.
“That’s why I believe that at the moment he is the best driver that has been in F1 while winning the way he’s done.
“Perhaps, he took his eye off the ball against Nico Rosberg. Nico is a clever one as he decided to retire as he would have never won another championship if Lewis continued the way he has just done.
“Having said that Lewis is in his own realm. He can dominate the way he wants.
“He needed to get this one [sixth world title] out of the way so that he can now think about next season and possibly winning a seventh title. He is in a good space no doubt.”