Stewart was one of F1’s brightest stars when he won 27 races throughout the 1960s and 70s.
The 79-year-old secured three Drivers’ Championships which earned him a knighthood.
Hamilton has since gone on to surpass Stewart’s record by winning four of the last five world titles with Mercedes, to add to his 2008 maiden honour.
However, Stewart reckons the 33-year-old has it easier because of the team he is part of.
“Mercedes have committed such a lot of money, and have secured so many talented engineers and specialists,” Stewart told Mirror Sport.
“Thousands of people working for them to make Hamilton and (Valtteri) Bottas drive cars that are, again, considerably better and faster than Ferrari or any other competitors.
“We need that to change. We need Red Bull. We need Ferrari. We need some of the new teams to come up and seriously be competitive.
“The financial support they have had is probably well above any of the other teams including Ferrari or Red Bull. They’ve not only got a fantastic car and chassis, but they’ve got a fantastic power unit.
“Lewis is a very lucky boy to be in a position to have such enormous support behind him.”
Mercedes have won both of the opening races of the season with one-two finishes.
But Stewart would like to see Ferrari and Red Bull becoming more competitive.
“I think he again has a very chance of winning because the other teams just don’t have the performance or the reliability that Mercedes have,” he added.
“That’s why there have been so many multiple Grands Prix victories and world champions now because the car has to be fast, but it’s also got to be reliable.
“To finish first, first you must finish.
“What Lewis has done is moved at the right time to Mercedes. Of course he’s a very good driver. But is he better than Sebastian Vettel?
“Or as good as Fernando Alonso, Alain Prost, Jim Clark, Ayrton Senna, [Michael] Schumacher or Jackie Stewart were? Who knows? You can’t really judge that.”
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