OLIVER HOLT: If you don’t like Lewis Hamilton because he’s a tax exile, what about Nigel Mansell? It is time the British driver started to get the credit he deserves

The morning after Ayrton Senna was killed at Imola, we left our rooms above the little pizzeria on the Via Antonia Graziadei and walked across the bridge over the Santerno river into the race circuit. It’s time Lewis Hamilton got the respect he deserves as one of Britain’s greatest sportsmen. Formula One has not raced there for 14 years but the new king, Lewis Hamilton, was driven around its undulating track for the first time last week as part of the build-up to Sunday’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. Hamilton, who is 35, is part of that conversation, too. Hamilton moved clear of the record of 91 race wins set by Michael Schumacher last week. Hamilton earned the right to be in the best car, the Mercedes, and, by being the best, he has stayed in the best car. There is an argument that he is the greatest active sports star in the world.

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