Lewis Hamilton the only driver on Ayrton Senna's level – Gerhard Berger

Lewis Hamilton is the only driver on the same level as Ayrton Senna, according to the Brazilian's former McLaren team-mate Gerhard Berger.

Berger, who drove alongside the late three-time champion from 1990-92 and was also a close friend, says only one driver has matched the level of Senna, and that's current reigning champion Hamilton.

"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 the first driver I put on the same level as Ayrton," he revealed.

Many consider Senna to be the greatest driver to ever grace Formula 1, having won three titles, 41 grands prix and 65 pole positions before tragically passing away during the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix when he crashed out of the race.

Hamilton has gone on to surpass Senna's pole, win and title tally by some margin, setting an all-time record with 84 pole positions alongside his 75 victories and five titles, putting him level with Juan Manuel Fangio and just two behind Michael Schumacher.

Berger considers Hamilton to be of the same level in terms of performance and speed, but says Senna still comes out top when you take into account a driver's personality.

"The comparison? I see still Ayrton winning because in the end Ayrton was such a charming guy and a personality and obviously if someone loses his life and stays with us in the way of a legend, it's always something special.

"But I try to see it from a performance point and from a performance point, Lewis is going from one pole position to the next one and Lewis is going from one race win to the next one. Just like Ayrton did.

"I go more by feeling and watching, and for me – and there were great champions like Nelson Piquet, Niki Lauda, Alain Prost, Michael Schumacher – there has always been one above: Ayrton. Now Lewis I see in the same league."

He added: "It looks like he's just running the game in such a good way that he's unbeatable at the moment.

"Yes he's in the best car and best engine, but he also is the best. By far the best man at the moment."