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Fan's view: Is Lewis Hamilton now among the all time F1 greats and what's next ?

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Fan's view: Is Lewis Hamilton now among the all time F1 greats and what's next ?
Oct 30, 2017, 11:13 AM

At JA on F1 we like to give the fans a chance to make their voices heard, in the highly interactive comments section but also occasionally by posti...

At JA on F1 we like to give the fans a chance to make their voices heard, in the highly interactive comments section but also occasionally by posting a considered comment as a blog post.

Today we have this contribution from Paige, a long time poster here on the site. He gives his view on where this fourth world title puts Lewis Hamilton in the pantheon of all time greats of F1 and also looks ahead to what happens next; for Hamilton and for Mercedes.

Paige writes: At what point do we start mentioning Lewis consistently in discussions as a top-5 driver in F1 history?

He’s certainly got the resume and the records for it and stands out among his contemporaries in pretty much every aspect of driving skill. (Wet, single-lap pace, overtaking, driving around car deficienies etc.)

In my mind he has at least earned a place in the discussion for the top-5 along with the likes of Senna, Schumacher, Prost, Fangio, and Clark (the others who I think qualify on balance)- and I think he’s clearly ahead of at least one or two of them. (Fangio for sure, probably Prost.)

And to be honest, I don’t think Lewis is anywhere near finished. He seems to have all the energy in the world and is ready for a tougher fight. I think he also knows that Mercedes has another ace in the hole for the last three years of the engine formula- of which they are still on top in terms of horsepower- with the addition of James Allison as the technical director.

The guy is a proven engineer and technical chief with a track record of rapidly improving every car he’s had a chance to touch. There may be some concern now that Ferrari and especially Red Bull seem to have caught them on race pace, but Allison alone provides all the reason to expect Mercedes to continue at the top for the next three years- and I think there’s a really good chance he’ll beat or match all of Schumacher’s records before he’s done.

I think Mercedes should definitely take Ocon over Ricciardo for 2019. What he’s doing against Perez- matching him over the course of the season, and for the last few races beating him rather convincingly- is more impressive at this point in his career than what Ricciardo was doing at the same point at Toro Rosso against JEV. He’s not afraid to mix it up with anyone, just like Ricciardo, and that will be necessary against Lewis.

There’s every reason in my eyes based on this to believe that he could do just as good a job as Ricciardo against Lewis if not a better one- and for much cheaper.

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