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David Coulthard believes Michael Schumacher would have met his match if he was competing in Formula One today, after 'one of the best drivers in history' Lewis Hamilton equalled the German's title record last weekend.
Coulthard won 13 races and competed against both drivers during his 15-year career in the sport, finishing second behind Schumacher in 2001. Hamilton won his first title at the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix - Coulthard's last race.
When comparing Hamilton and Schumacher, Coulthard couldn't separate two of the sport's greatest-ever drivers. © Provided by Daily MailLewis Hamilton won the Turkish Grand Prix to win a record-equalling seventh Formula One title
'There is no question that if Michael was still racing today, at his prime, he would be staring in the eyes of his equal,' Coulthard told Stats Perform.
'Because I think Michael is exceptional and I think Lewis is exceptional.
'And I think the way that he (Hamilton) won his championship in Istanbul was the perfect way to show how good he is. © Provided by Daily MailMichael Schumacher won five consecutive F1 titles with Ferrari between 2000 and 2004
Hamilton only needed to finish ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas at the Turkish Grand Prix last Sunday to seal the record-equalling seventh title, but he ended up winning a record-extending 94th race.
'Coming from sixth on the grid, in very difficult conditions and to win by what was quite a big margin in the end,' Coulthard continued.
'So there should be no doubt in anyone's mind that he is the real deal and not only is he one of the best drivers of his generation, arguably he is one of the best drivers in the history of the sport.' © Provided by Daily MailDavid Coulthard won 13 Grands Prix throughout a 15-year career between 1994 and 2008