Ronnie O’Sullivan thinks Lewis Hamilton can’t be one of the best in the sport because his car gives him an unfair chance.
Snooker removes world champion Hamilton from his list of all-time greats because F1 is not “a level playing field.”
Hamilton, 35, won his seventh world title on Sunday, equaling Michael Schumacher’s incredible record with the Turkish Grand Prix.
And there are calls to the Mercedes driver to knight after his stunning feat.
But Sullivan told the Daily Star: “It’s great for Lewis to win seven world titles, but if your car is moving faster, you can make a few mistakes and still get away with it.
“Smoking a cigar with one finger on the wheel is almost like driving a car!
“I think it’s hard to say where he is (among the greats).
“I see a lot of sports – the people who did it, you have to see if it’s a level playing field.
“If you have a car that goes into a lap faster than other cars, theoretically he’ll have to lose his teammate Botas – who thinks he’s comfortable and happy playing a second fiddle.
“If I didn’t feel good about my career in snooker, I would have played at a table where the pockets I used were bigger than my opponents.”
He announced the names of seven great stars who are not like Sullivan Hamilton in a level playing field he claimed.
The six-time World Snooker Champ said: “Playing a game like tennis doesn’t mean everyone is playing with Federer on a level playing field, or running against everyone on a level playing field in Kipcho.
“Snooker, too, has a level playing field. In boxing, some boxers avoid certain fighters so that they make it harder to gain credibility without fighting the best.
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“That’s why you have to give credit to people like Tyson Fury because you know they won’t laugh at anyone and fight anyone anywhere at any time.
“I just think sports where there is no gain.
“You can’t pick your opponents or get better equipment. So for me, Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Darts Phil Taylor, Tiger Woods, Messi, Ronaldo … it’s worth watching.”