KING LEWIS THE THIRD
HAMILTON JOINS THE LEGENDS
How third crown sets up epic Vettel head-to-head
Lewis Hamilton has now established himself as the most successful British F1 driver. His third world title, following his first in 2008 and his second in 2014, makes him only the second Brit to win three, after Sir Jackie Stewart – but he has long since passed Stewart’s mark of 27 grand prix wins (Hamilton has registered 43 at time of writing).
And by way of honouring Hamilton’s rare achievement, F1 Racing invited the five living British F1 champions – John Surtees, JYS, Nigel Mansell, Damon Hill and Jenson Button – to offer their thoughts on his success and talent.
All note Lewis’s sheer speed, alongside his relentless determination and the rock-solid self-belief that underpins his ambition. As his legend grows, their praise rings ever more true. “The way he comes together with a car really impresses me. He has a tremendous feel that lets him maximise its potential. I also like his controlled aggression, the way he can unleash his speed at just the right moment, and his ability to overtake. That must have come from growing up in karting.
“Obviously he has the best car, but you cannot let that detract from his achievements. He’s a person who, once he sits in a car, is dedicated to one thing only: trying to win. He’s a champion because he has that complete focus.
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