An ode to Lewis Hamilton: one of the greatest

By on Wednesday, November 8, 2017

First things first, a huge congratulations to Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes. Winning a title in any sport is difficult, but to do so in Formula One requires focus, charisma and desire – three of Hamilton’s greatest traits. The 32-year-old now stands tall as the most successful British driver in Formula One history and it would take a brave man to back against the Mercedes star in 2018; he will already have one eye on retaining the crown next year.

Winning comes naturally to Hamilton and his hunger to dominate at the top of Formula One has been a key reason as to why he has been so successful throughout his career. Earlier this year, Hamilton broke Michael Schumacher’s record for most pole positions and he is already extending his advantage. In terms of active drivers, nobody really goes close to Hamilton’s tally of 72. Closest title rival Sebastian Vettel is next up with 50 starts on pole.

That’s now three world title wins in the last four years for Hamilton and Mercedes are still a class above their fellow constructors, much to the dismay of Ferrari and Red Bull. Hamilton has now cemented his spot as the greatest British driver but there are still plenty of records to break. For example, featuring in the Brazilian Grand Prix will see Hamilton start his 207th consecutive race – an incredible achievement when you consider how dangerous the sport is.

Hamilton’s next target will be to win a fifth world title and punters will be quietly confident ahead of the 2018 Formula One campaign. As of November 6, the British man is priced at 11/8 in bet365’s F1 betting odds to retain the crown next year and it would take a brave man to back against the Mercedes man. The German giants are clear of their rivals and Hamilton will once again pull rank over Valtteri Bottas in 2018.

After that, surpassing Schumacher’s incredible record of 92 Formula One victories will be the next major goal. A true motorsport legend, Schumacher won seven world titles during his time in the sport and he is regarded as the greatest driver in F1 history. Hamilton deserves similar recognition but until he has seven world titles, Schumacher will forever be labelled as the best and it would be hard to argue against that belief given his record.

But Hamilton should enjoy his latest triumph for the time being. The 2017 campaign hasn’t even finished yet and most Formula One fans are already looking ahead to next year. Ferrari must go back to the drawing board in an attempt to find some way of competing with both Mercedes men next season and Hamilton will remain confident of notching silverware even if Ferrari make significant improvements during the offseason.

Lewis Hamilton has been destined for great things since breaking into the sport back in 2007 and the Mercedes man has an exciting future ahead of him. At 32 years old, he is still able to compete at a very high level and it is hard to see past another Hamilton triumph in 2018; barring any major engine issues. His consistency could see him dominate the sport for many years to come and Schumacher’s records aren’t out of reach by any means.

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