Ronnie O’Sullivan believes Lewis Hamilton cannot be a sport’s greats because his car gives him an unfair advantage.
World snooker champion Hamilton is ignored from the best-of-all list because F1 is not a “level playing field”.
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But O’Sullivan told me The Daily Star: “It’s great that Lewis won seven world titles, but if your car is going faster, you can tolerate some mistakes while continuing with impunity.
“It’s a bit like driving around smoking a cigar with one finger on the steering wheel!
“I think it’s hard to locate him (among the greats).
“A lot of the sports that I watch – the people who did it, you have to look at whether it’s a level playing field.
“If you have a car that’s going a second faster than other cars, then in theory all he has to get over it is teammate Bottas – who seems to feel comfortable and happy playing the second violin.
“I wouldn’t have felt satisfied with my snooker career if I had been playing at a table as the pockets I used were larger than my opponent’s.”
O’Sullivan He went on to name seven great sports stars who claimed to have dominated a level playing field, unlike Hamilton.
The six-time world snooker champion said: “That doesn’t mean as much as we say a sport like tennis where Federer plays with everyone on a level playing field, or Kipchoge runs against everyone on a level playing field.”
“Snooker is like this too, with a level playing field. In boxing some boxers avoid certain fighters which makes it difficult for them to gain credibility unless they fight the best.
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“That’s why you have to give credit to people like Tyson Fury because you know that they will never turn away from anyone and will fight anyone anywhere, anytime.
“I just think sports is where there is no advantage.
“You can’t choose your opponent or have better equipment. So for me, Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Phil Taylor, darts, Tiger Woods, Messi, Ronaldo …