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Race winner Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1, second place Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari
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The two eras of dominance that defined a decade in F1

In the first of a series of features looking back on the decade about to conclude, we assess the two drivers that have dominated Formula 1 since 2010 - Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton – and savour the promise of a battle that never came

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Two drivers have dominated the past decade of Formula 1, in two distinct periods.

The first four years were all about Sebastian Vettel: a Michael Schumacher-esque wunderkind who formed an unstoppable, almost Jim Clark-like bond with that sequence of ingenious Adrian Newey-designed Red Bulls.

After that, came F1's ultra-complicated hybrid engine era, Mercedes' dominance, and Lewis Hamilton rising (again and again) to repeatedly conquer the world - and conquer Vettel too.

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