From humble beginnings to worldwide stardom, Lewis Hamilton’s complete dominance in recent years has been undoubtedly admirable and praiseworthy, but also a little bit boring.
The Mexican GP saw Hamilton win his fifth World Championship, which made him joint second in the all-time honours list alongside Juan Manuel Fangio, who won his last title in 1957. The only man to have more, of course, is Michael Schumacher with a record seven world championships.
The deliberation over Hamilton being the greatest driver of all time is still largely debatable. However, questioning his current supremacy is nothing short of wasted breath. The 33-year-old won the World Championship with two GPs to spare and finished four wins and 64 points ahead of Sebastian Vettel in second place.
An argument could be made to suggest that Vettel, who has four world championships, has been unlucky recently and could come back much stronger next year. But the way Mercedes are flying would suggest that Hamilton would have to be on miserable form while Vettel would have to attain a higher level than he did between 2010 and 2013, which doesn’t seem likely.
This is worrying for the sport. Hamilton has been the favourite for the last few years and will be the favourite again. It’s a cycle that has led many English fans of Formula 1 to move their support away from the driver from Stevenage as they long for a more exciting spectacle, which is unfortunate.
Formula 1 fans would inevitably like to see young talent like Max Verstappen do well, but when it comes to English supporters wanting him to beat Hamilton it shows our interest is fading.
This is not to say that it isn’t fantastic to see British talent do well. To see someone who has come from so little dominating a sport that generally has so much is quite astounding and sends a great message to the sporting world.
However, as it stands a little more competition for Hamilton would be more than welcome, especially as we have now reached a stage where critics question whether his desire will be present next season due to the ease of his 2018 superiority.
Daniel Ricciardo’s move from Red Bull to Renault could be positive. Many have questioned his motives in joining a lesser team, but the same was thought of Hamilton when he moved from championship contenders McLaren to an average Mercedes team in 2012.
This move, along with the uprising of Verstappen and gradual improvement of Vettel, could make for more exciting championships in years to come. But for the foreseeable future, Hamilton’s reign looks likely to endure.