[F1 2019 VIDEO FEATURE] LEWIS HAMILTON: GRAND PRIX GREAT

Lewis Hamilton may not have won in Singapore, despite the Brit arriving in Asia as the favourite - but he’s still on-course for a sixth F1 World Championship with a 65-point lead in the standings with six races to go.

Ahead, Michael Schumacher’s ultimate benchmarks: seven crowns…  

… and 91 wins, which Hamilton is just 10 away from, his 81st taken in Hungary. 28 more than his great rival - Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. And almost double the score of his idol Ayrton Senna.

Stats that put Hamilton’s achievements - as a Grand Prix racing great - in real perspective, with eight wins so far in 2019.

On the 14 occasions that a driver has won nine or more races in a season, just once has a driver failed to win the title. Incredibly, it was Hamilton back in 2016… despite one more than champion Nico Rosberg.

The season, one marked by excruciating mental warfare between the pair, and Rosberg’s ultimate success, changing the Brit’s approach.

SOUNDBITE (English) LEWIS HAMILTON,

5-TIME F1 WORLD CHAMPION:

“Obviously I went into that [season] break and mentally I was like, I don't ever want to be in a position, or put the team in a position that they have to decide whether we are first or second. I was like, from now on, I need to be ahead every single time and there'll never, ever be a question of - Valtteri [Bottas], you have to let Lewis past, those kind of things.”

Hamilton has since risen to even greater heights than he originally strived, in matching Senna’s three crowns.

The Brit entering 2019 on a wave of enthusiasm after shaking down the new W10 at Silverstone in late February.

SOUNDBITE (English) LEWIS HAMILTON,

5-TIME F1 WORLD CHAMPION:

“I tell ya, for me it’s crazy because I’ve been racing a long, long time - it’s my seventh year with the team. The excitement I had today was the same as I had when I first got in a Formula 1 car which is really weird. I was not expecting that, but I’m happy that I have that.”

It’s that passion for F1 that will likely see the 34-year-old stay beyond his current contract, which ends at the end of next season, admitting he could “definitely go until he’s 38”.

SOUNDBITE (English) NICO ROSBERG,

2016 F1 WORLD CHAMPION:

“Yeah of course Lewis can keep going for many years and the next step for him is to try to break the records that [Michael] Schumacher has set, which is unbelievable because nobody thought that would ever be possible.”

Six rounds remain, and while Hamilton was fourth in Singapore and Ferrari looks resurgent, Hamilton knows how to finish with strength.

In 2018, the Brit won four of the last six races, including the last two held in Brazil, and Abu Dhabi. While Kimi Raikkonen then took his first win for 113 races at Austin, Max Verstappen dominated in Mexico.

All the while, Hamilton continues to travel between races, doing what he loves to do - whether it’s fashion, music or causes

SOUNDBITE (French) ALAIN PROST,

4-TIME F1 WORLD CHAMPION:

"He is still young. We knew when he started in F1 and started to win that he would become a formidable opponent, a record hunter. I don't think that's what motivates him. I think that as long as he wins and enjoys what he's doing he'll never stop. F1 today, when you are in a team like Mercedes, and you're happy, the quality of life that he has, the great freedom he has; he's in a unique situation. Something we may have never seen in F1.”

Hamilton will be hoping the good times return as he heads to Russia determined.