[F1 2018 VIDEO FEATURE] MERCEDES-AMG: HAMILTON'S RUN

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton now has a fifth F1 World Championship within reach – following his win in Russia on Sunday that put him 50-points ahead of title rival, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel… 

… meaning he can finish in second at all remaining races and still lift the crown; matching the Maestro, Juan Manuel Fangio.
For Hamilton, it’s been a stunning run of success – with five wins in six races, eight from the first 16, or half the season’s events, in a year when Ferrari has produced the superior technical package.

The difference being Hamilton, who is in the form of his life – doing things other drivers can’t, his confidence at an all-time high.

Something that was evident pre-season, when the 33-year-old provided a glimpse into his next-level motivation.

SOUNDBITE (English) LEWIS HAMILTON,
4-TIME F1 WORLD CHAMPION:
“My off-season, whilst it seems short, it seems a long time off from racing, and that’s really what sparks the fire in my heart. You know, competing, trying to outperform other drivers, and always trying to strive for perfection. You know, I love that.”

Russia was a crusher in psychological terms. The Brit passing Vettel on Lap 16 after the stops, before team orders put him ahead for the win.

Hamilton now heads to Japan, where he’s won two of the last three races, and Vettel has not stood on the podium’s top step since his Red Bull days.

It’s a surefire recipe for a rattled Ferrari, which has been part of Hamilton’s strategy right from the Silverstone shakedown in February.

SOUNDBITE (English) LEWIS HAMILTON,
4-TIME F1 WORLD CHAMPION:
"What really [a] focus for me is just making I’m performing at my best. Hopefully if I am performing at my best then there will be issues because they'll be upset about it.”

It’s now Hamilton’s world championship to lose.