Lewis Hamilton is ‘on the same level’ as Ayrton Senna – Gerhard Berger

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Lewis Hamilton is “on the same level” as Formula 1 legend Ayrton Senna, says the late Brazilian’s former team-mate Gerhard Berger.

The Austrian said he had always regarded Senna as a class apart but now considered Hamilton, 34, on a par.

Berger said: “Everybody asks me: ‘How do you see this driver against Ayrton?’

“And I always, in all the years, say: ‘I don’t see anybody near to Ayrton.’ But Lewis is [now] the first driver I put on the same level as Ayrton.”

Berger, 59, was team-mate to Senna at McLaren from 1990-92 and became a close friend.