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Hamilton: I'm working on a masterpiece

  • Published on 04 Nov 2019 10:17
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  • By: Dieter Rencken & Fergal Walsh

Lewis Hamilton says he is 'working on a masterpiece' following his title success in Austin, where he clinched his sixth drivers' championship.

Hamilton crossed the line in second place on Sunday behind teammate Valtteri Bottas, as Mercedes picked up its 14th win of the season.

The Briton has won five titles in the last six years, and now sits one championship behind the record held by Michael Schumacher.

Speaking about his season, Hamilton believes that it has been his best in terms of performance so far in his career. 

"I definitely think so. Last year was a year of continuous growth, this year we've had the continuous growth, but I've tried to make sure that I've started the season as I finished last year," he said.

"I think that stayed throughout the season. If you look, I've been very consistent in qualifying, I've not had spectacular pole positions, but it's been first or second row a majority of the time.

"Apart from Hockenheim, which I'll give myself a pass for that weekend, I wasn't feeling 100%. Otherwise, it's been the best performing year.

"I'm working on a masterpiece and I haven't quite finished it yet. It takes a long time to master a craft, wand while I feel like I am mastering it, there is still more to master, to add to it."

While Mercedes has been dominant in the turbo hybrid era, Hamilton insists that no drivers title has been won without the backing of a strong team. 

"Winning world titles, there's not a single driver in the past who has won a title without having a great team around him," he said. "There's not a single world tennis player that has won a title without having a great team around him.

"It's part of the game, and it's about how you navigate and utilise those tools that are around you and the people who are around you to shape the future of the journey you are on.

"I'm just a chink in the chain with this team, but I feel very, very privileged and feel really happy with my contribution. I've been able to help steer the team in the right direction with the development.

"More often than not, I've delivered performances for them when we've had a car quicker than the others and also when it has not been as quick."

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  • f1ski

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    He is crafting a master asshole

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    • Nov 4 2019 - 16:00
    • So the rumors around him cloning himself in China have some truth to them? ;D

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      • Nov 4 2019 - 16:54
  • Give the guy his due. You may not like his personality out of the car but he really is mastering his craft and unlike some youngsters has the humility to admit he still has room to grow. I really don't see anyone in the current field of young drivers that are going to be able to come close to matching the legacy he is laying down. Just look at where he was after his first 100 races and you can see that even the most talented among the young drivers won't be able to come close to what he has accomplished. It seems his danger now is getting too big of a head. It's usually when stars are most puffed up that they get chopped down a notch or two. But to his credit he praised his team and clearly won the title on merit. Mercedes and Hamilton are a lot like the Patriots and Brady. Two teams and players who are just on another level than the other top athletes in their sport. There are many other examples(Schumacher/Brawn, etc...), but their kind of talent makes it very difficult for other top athletes to challenge for titles. I say Congrats Lewis! Job done!

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    • Nov 5 2019 - 05:48

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