Sheikh Nuh in his article Hadiths Imams Lacked says the following:
"To be sure, Imam Malik was greater than contemporary scholars in knowledge of the Qur’an and sunna, not the least because of his proximity to the time of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) and personal observation of the ‘amal or “invariable sunna practice” of earliest Muslims—as opposed to the merely verbal channels of transmission of hadiths relied upon by those after him."
Is it accurate to say that Imam Malik's (rh) knowledge in the Quran, and Sunnah was greater than Imam Abu Hanifa's (rh) as Nuh Keller has opinionated; this is supported by Abu Hanifa's own top student. Imam Shafi'i (rh) debated Imam Muhammad (rh) about this when he traveled to Iraq and Imam Muhammad agreed but said that Abu Hanifa's fiqh was stronger. Of course both imams were giants in scholarship and corresponded frequently on issues but doesn't the Quran and Sunnah take precedence over fiqh.