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HAMIL­TON BE­CAME A FOUR-TIME WORLD cham­pion, broke Michael Schu­macher’s pole po­si­tion record, and be­came Bri­tain’s most suc­cess­ful grand prix driver in 2017, but it was the way he achieved this suc­cess that stood out – and which el­e­vates him to the #1 spot in these rank­ings.

He stayed res­o­lutely ice-cool un­der pres­sure, in a way van­quished ri­val Vet­tel did not. Hamil­ton clawed back his early points deficit, and vis­i­bly raised his game as the sea­son wore on, leav­ing new team-mate Valt­teri Bot­tas trail­ing and Fer­rari scram­bling.

Hamil­ton won six of eight races from Sil­ver­stone to Austin – dom­i­nat­ing when he could, de­fend­ing when he needed to,

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