BERNAT LÓPEZ / ©RACERZ
Re-write the record books – history has been made. To the names Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher you can now add Lewis Hamilton, who became just the third F1 driver to win as many as five world championships by finishing in fourth place in Sunday’s Mexican Grand Prix.
Hamilton’s Mercedes team have triumphed in every single year since the introduction of F1’s turbo hybrid engines in 2014. But a large part of the reason they have done so this season is because their lead driver has reached new heights. As long as the team remain competitive, the way he has been driving it is hard to see anyone stopping him.
The raw statistics of the 2018 season tell only part of the story. Hamilton has won nine races and taken nine pole positions; Vettel five of each. The basic maths of that equation explain why Hamilton is already champion, with the Brazilian and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix still to come.
But what the statistics do not say is that Mercedes have probably had the fastest car at only eight of the 19 races so far, and yet Hamilton has won nearly double the number of races of his closest challenger.
“This feels the proudest moment”, Hamilton said. “Because we have not had the fastest car at the majority of the races and yet we have come away with more wins and pole positions than I could have hoped for”, he added.
Hamilton is champion once more and will now rightly be considered one of the greatest drivers of all time. The question now is: Where will the winning end? He’s got 71 wins and 81 pole positions…With his Mercedes deal running until at least the end of 2020, Schumacher’s all-time titles record – once considered unbeatable – is now in sight. It will be fascinating to see what happens next…