For the second time in his career, Lewis Hamilton successfully defended his world championship crown.Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari, and Red Bull were also in contention for victory.
But in the second half of the year Hamilton closed down the championship fight, winning six out of seven races at one point. A title battle which looked like it would go down to the wire was decided with two rounds to spare.
The few who have the privilege of racing the world’s fastest racing machines are best-placed to appreciate the drive and dedication needed to win one world championship, let alone multiple titles. Here’s what eight of Hamilton’s peers made of his latest achievement.
I think it was not surprising Lewis was consistent, fast and reliable all season, he’s always been. When the pressure is there it doesn’t seem to affect him.
Definitely Seb’s made mistakes in comparison and [Hamilton’s] been the stronger of the two. Even when he didn’t have the strongest car he was still scoring and that made the difference.
In the end Lewis deserves the championship. He’s been really strong especially in the second part of the year. No mistakes and in the end I think that’s what paid off.
If you want to win you need to score points more or less every race. [We’ve] seen a couple of times when they didn’t have the pace like today they finished fourth, fifth, third… might not be ideal, you always want to win, but this is 15 points plus 12, plus 10… in the end it makes a difference. I think we saw that when you score zero points in one race weekend it’s really difficult to recover them in the next couple of races. Obviously that’s the main thing.
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Lewis winning five now and being the same as [Juan Manuel] Fangio, as I said before, it’s a great achievement and if one had to do that in our generation, I’m happy that it’s Lewis because he showed the talent and he showed the commitment.
When the car was dominating he delivers and won the championship. When the car was not good enough to win the championship, he still put in some performances to show his talent and that’s difficult to see in our days.
You need to get your team together and you need to deliver in a consistent way so that the team can provide you with what you need. If you need different things every weekend then it’s difficult for the team to provide you with the right package.
It looks like Lewis has really nailed it this year. He’s had a package that he was happy with every time and he was delivering consistently and not making many mistakes and getting in trouble with other drivers. He’s just been very good. He clearly deserves the championship.
Whoever has the most points has won it and in the end if you ask 10 people they all have a different view probably how it’s been won or lost. It makes no difference, he won it, fair play and congratulations to him.
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The last two years he’s been the best in Formula 1 and there’s always other drivers that are hungry to try and beat him so it’s definitely not easy to stay there.
He’s been able to stay there at that level for many years. I think sometimes it feels like, and Lewis has said as well, that he keeps getting better. It is impressive. I have big respect for his achievements and he truly deserves those.
He’s just been consistent and he’s been getting better by the looks of it. I’m not at Mercedes, I don’t know what goes on behind the scenes but you rarely see Lewis crash, you rarely see Lewis make silly mistakes.
I think that’s the key to scoring a championship at the end of the day, it’s just picking up points. If you’re third and the risk of overtaking second is high it’s just about picking up the points at the end of the day. All those points add up. He’s proven that over the last couple of seasons in particular.
It’s been great to see alongside Sebastian in, I would say, an equally competitive car. Maybe it’s more competitive, maybe it’s less, I don’t know, you can talk in details. But he’s just out-raced him and out-drove him and you have to respect that as a racing driver because a season like Formula 1, 21 races, it’s such a long year and he seems to just come in every weekend and get the job done which is easier said than done. Big respect towards him.
I congratulated him, I think he drove superbly all year and was the better one of us two. So I told him well deserved and to enjoy it – number five is something incredible.
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