KING LEWIS THE THIRD

HAMIL­TON JOINS THE LEG­ENDS

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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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