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Sunday, 28 October 2018

Arch-rival's stunning prediction for Hamilton


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Former teammate Nico Rosberg says Lewis Hamilton can become the “best of all-time” now that he’s wrapped up his fifth Formula One world championship.

Hamilton finished fourth at the Mexican Grand Prix, becoming just the third driver after Michael Schumacher and Juan-Manuel Fangio to win five or more world titles.

Having recently signed a new two-year deal with Mercedes worth an estimated $70m per season, Rosberg says Hamilton can target Schumacher’s mark of seven world titles and 91 race victories.

Hamilton currently has 71 wins, meaning he would need to win just under half the races over the next two seasons to eclipse Schumacher’s record by the time his contract expires in 2020. Such a winning streak would almost certainly give him two more world titles.

“For Lewis now, with five titles, unbelievable," said 2016 world champion Rosberg on his YouTube channel.

“It's crazy to think, and equalling Fangio (with five world titles) – crazy.

Rosberg says Hamilton can target Schumacher's records

“He can seriously go for Schumacher's records now. He's got two more years on the contract, and Schumi is only two titles away, 20 race wins away, even that's possible in two years.

“It's amazing. He can really try to become statistically the best of all-time, which is unreal, but it is a possibility, and I'm sure he's going to be motivated by that.”

Hamilton took control of the championship in the second half of the season, taking victory at the German Grand Prix after Sebastian Vettel crashed out of the lead.

It was the start of a streak where Hamilton won six out of seven races, and finished second behind Vettel in the other, turning an eight point championship deficit prior to Germany into a commanding 67 point lead by the time the teams left Japan.

Four-time champion Alain Prost told SkySports F1, Hamilton raised his game to another level in 2018, ensuring strong finishes in the races he wasn’t able to win.

“For me the biggest difference is what he has achieved, how he has forced himself to be a better driver, because this year is maybe one of his best seasons so far,” Prost said.

“(This year) when he was not so good he was second or third, and accepted he would be better next time.”

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For Vettel, it’s a case of what might have been, with the consensus being that his Ferrari was the fastest car for much of the season, and a series of mistakes cost him dearly.

The German, who won four consecutive titles from 2010-2013, has now finished runner-up three times, and twice in successive seasons.

“It’s a horrible moment, you put a lot of work in, and I get the point that you could see it coming, because I did pay attention in maths so I could figure out the numbers,” Vettel said.

“Still you hang in there as long as you can, I’ve had three times now this sort of disappointment, where you realise you can’t win the championship any more, and those are not happy days.

“You reflect on not one moment, but the whole year. I think we had our chances, but in the end we were not good enough.”

Former teammate Nico Rosberg says Lewis Hamilton can become the “best of all-time” now that he’s wrapped up his fifth Formula One world championship.

Hamilton finished fourth at the Mexican Grand Prix, becoming just the third driver after Michael Schumacher and Juan-Manuel Fangio to win five or more world titles.

Having recently signed a new two-year deal with Mercedes worth an estimated $70m per season, Rosberg says Hamilton can target Schumacher’s mark of seven world titles and 91 race victories.

Hamilton currently has 71 wins, meaning he would need to win just under half the races over the next two seasons to eclipse Schumacher’s record by the time his contract expires in 2020. Such a winning streak would almost certainly give him two more world titles.

“For Lewis now, with five titles, unbelievable," said 2016 world champion Rosberg on his YouTube channel.

“It's crazy to think, and equalling Fangio (with five world titles) – crazy.

Rosberg says Hamilton can target Schumacher's records

“He can seriously go for Schumacher's records now. He's got two more years on the contract, and Schumi is only two titles away, 20 race wins away, even that's possible in two years.

“It's amazing. He can really try to become statistically the best of all-time, which is unreal, but it is a possibility, and I'm sure he's going to be motivated by that.”

Hamilton took control of the championship in the second half of the season, taking victory at the German Grand Prix after Sebastian Vettel crashed out of the lead.

It was the start of a streak where Hamilton won six out of seven races, and finished second behind Vettel in the other, turning an eight point championship deficit prior to Germany into a commanding 67 point lead by the time the teams left Japan.

Four-time champion Alain Prost told SkySports F1, Hamilton raised his game to another level in 2018, ensuring strong finishes in the races he wasn’t able to win.

“For me the biggest difference is what he has achieved, how he has forced himself to be a better driver, because this year is maybe one of his best seasons so far,” Prost said.

“(This year) when he was not so good he was second or third, and accepted he would be better next time.”

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https://twitter.com/MarioAndretti/status/1056661061426913284

For Vettel, it’s a case of what might have been, with the consensus being that his Ferrari was the fastest car for much of the season, and a series of mistakes cost him dearly.

The German, who won four consecutive titles from 2010-2013, has now finished runner-up three times, and twice in successive seasons.

“It’s a horrible moment, you put a lot of work in, and I get the point that you could see it coming, because I did pay attention in maths so I could figure out the numbers,” Vettel said.

“Still you hang in there as long as you can, I’ve had three times now this sort of disappointment, where you realise you can’t win the championship any more, and those are not happy days.

“You reflect on not one moment, but the whole year. I think we had our chances, but in the end we were not good enough.”

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