Lewis Hamilton’s fifth world drivers’ title has strengthened his place as the most successful British driver in Formula One and raises the question of whether he could even be the Greatest of all Time.
Hamilton has held a lone British beacon on the grid this year. It has burned incredibly brightly and will likely continue to until the end of his new Mercedes contract in 2020. The 33-year-old is already one of the sport’s elder statesmen and will not be around forever.
With another two young Brits confirmed on the grid for 2019 there is a chance to look forward to the next decade and to do so with some optimism, even at this early stage.
Lando Norris, 18, was confirmed as a McLaren driver for 2019 after F1’s summer break, whilst George Russell’s announcement as a Williams driver came in October. Both have been rivals on the track in 2018 in Formula 2, F1’s feeder series. They both have the ability – and now the opportunity – to continue their rivalry on the Grand Prix circuit.
Russell, 20, is the man odds-on to win that series at his first attempt and will carry a 37-point lead into the final two rounds at Abu Dhabi this weekend and with six race wins. Norris, also in his first F2 season, is currently in third place and 51-points behind his compatriot.