So said this week a man with ultimate authority to make such a claim — Mercedes boss Toto Wolff, the leader of F1’s current superpower.
The stats, not to mention the consensus within the paddock, back up Wolff’s argument. Hamilton has won six of the last seven races to all-but secure a fourth world championship. “His performance at the moment is just staggering,” said Sky F1’s Pat Symonds. “He’s almost driving above himself at the moment.”
But Hamilton’s best-ever season begs an obvious question: why now?
Here are ten critical moments that have inspired Hamilton to new heights in 2017 ...
THE KITCHEN CHAT WITH WOLFF
Rewind just 11 months and Hamilton’s relationship with Mercedes was, if not frosty, somewhat cloudy. While the F1 year had ended with another title double, Hamilton had been beaten to the Drivers’ Championship by teammate Nico Rosberg — with whom he had barely been on speaking terms — after repeatedly complaining during the season that his engineers had been swapped to the other side of the garage. 25 precious and pivotal points were lost when his engine blew in Malaysia. “ “Something just doesn’t feel right,” said Hamilton. A week later came Snapchat and meltdown in Japan. A blistering on-track recovery followed but it wasn’t enough to stop Rosberg taking the crown.
And to make matters worse, far worse, his tactics in the season-ending Abu Dhabi finale were publicly rebuked by the Mercedes pitfall. Then it was revealed Hamilton had threatened to quit Mercedes midway through the campaign.
In hindsight, there was a lot at stake when, at his own instigation, Hamilton sat down for a Saturday night chat around Wolff’s kitchen table in early December. Home truths, it seems, were said by both parties.
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