It was a glorious ‘6’ for Lewis Hamilton MBE HonFREng as, despite the disappointment of not taking the chequered flag in Texas, his second place, behind Mercedes-AMG Peronas Motorsport teammate Valtter Bottas, was more than enough to claim yet another Formula One World Champion standing him out as one of the sport’s greatest ever drivers and leaving him tantalizingly one short of equalling the record of Michael Schumacher.
Having surpassed the record of five F1 Championships, held by Juan Fangio, at 34, Hamilton, undoubtedly one of the greatest drivers in the history of the sport, looks hungry for more – meaning 8 titles and more.
With his tally of 83 race victories – the second-most of all time – him currently holding the records for the all-time most career points of 3399, the all-time most pole positions (87) and the most grand slams in a season (3), as others would be overwhelmed with that achievement, the unequaled genius from Stevenage in Hertfordshire, is hungry for much more.
His father, Anthony, emphasized: “As I keep saying to Lewis, ‘you’re 34 years young rather than 34 years old. As long as you’re feeling fit and emotionally you love the sport, you can keep going for as long as you can”.
“His approach has always been ‘if you’re going to do this, you’re going to do this properly’, and nothing has changed since then”.
The Champ himself said: “While I feel like I am mastering F1, there is still more to master, there is more to add and more pieces of the puzzle to complete.
“There are going to be ups and downs along the way but I feel like I have the best tools to deal with those. I am working on a masterpiece and I haven’t quite finished it yet.”
With this season’s calendar yet to be completed, Lewis has at least one more year to run on his Mercedes deal, and has already committed to remaining in the sport beyond next year.