There are few records Lewis Hamilton doesn’t own in Formula 1, and the argument for him being considered the greatest driver of his generation is now almost completely one-sided.
In 2018 he joined an exclusive club alongside Michael Schumacher and Juan Manuel Fangio, becoming a five-time world champion. That has helped elevate him another level beyond his peers. It was therefore little in the way of a surprise when Autosport readers voted him International Driver of the Year for the sixth time.
Hamilton won 11 of 21 races, equalling his personal-best season haul during a campaign in which Mercedes faced its sternest challenge since the start of F1’s V6-turbo-hybrid era in 2014.
“I want to say a big thank you to Autosport and the fans who voted for me,” said Hamilton in a video message as his brother Nicolas accepted the award on his behalf. “Thank you so much for your support throughout the year. Hopefully it has been an amazing year for you as it has been for me.”
Hamilton beat fellow F1 drivers Sebastian Vettel,
Max Verstappen and
Fernando Alonso, plus respective Indycar and
Formula E champions
Scott Dixon and
Jean-eric Vergne to the award.