Normally I’d make the title of a post like this spoiler free but let’s face it. There is no avoiding this news. However, I will save the actual podium for the tail end just in case you still want to watch how first through third shook out.
However, the big story here is that Lewis Hamilton has achieved something that only one other driver before him has done and that is win six career driver’s championship titles. Lewis surpasses Sebastian Vettel, Alain Prost, and Juan Manuel Fangio for total titles.
The only F1 driver ahead of Lewis is the great Michael Schumacher with his 7 total championships. When the race was over and Lewis was asked about pursuing more he replied “I don’t know about other championships, but as an athlete I feel as fresh as can be right now. I’m ready for the next race, we’ll keep pushing”.
Lewis is currently 34. Michael Schumacher was 35 when he won his seventh world championship. If Lewis can stay competitive and healthy, there is a considerable possibility that he can surpass Michael. Though with each passing season the competition will get tougher.
There are plenty of young hungry drivers working their way up to F1 and some that are already on the grid like Lando Norris, George Russel, Alex Albon, Charles Leclerc, and of course Max Verstappen. Not to mention that Hamilton’s fiercest competition this season came from his own teammate Valtteri Bottas.
Can Hamilton continue to battle all of those exceptional drivers and come out on top not once but twice? It seems insurmountable. Although, many would have said the same about a young kid from karting rising up to win 6 F1 world championships.
I don’t know for sure how Lewis will do but I can say for sure that within the next few seasons we’re going to either see one driver reach a historic mountain top, a young driver make their first rise to a title, or perhaps Vettel make return to the top spot.
In regards to this race however, it was Valtteri Bottas who earned the win with Lewis finishing second, phenom Max Verstappen nabbing third.
There are two races left (Brazil, Abu Dhabi) and this is the most dangerous time of the season. The constructor’s and driver’s championships are both settled. Every driver on the grid now feels like they have nothing to lose and everything to gain. They will all fight their hardest to earn those last few victories of 2019; and I am here for it!
[Photo: Mercedes AMG F1 twitter]