Autosport (UK) - - AUTOSPORT AWARDS 2018 -

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.

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