‘Hard to find a weakness in Hamilton’s armour’

Date published: November 18 2020

Sebastian Vettel congratulates Lewis Hamilton

Ross Brawn feels blessed to have worked with not one but two drivers with such “God-given talent” as Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher.

Hamilton again wrote his name into Formula 1’s record books when he wrapped up his seventh Drivers’ Championship with a victory at the Turkish Grand Prix.

The win was not only a new record, 94 for the Brit, but also extended his tally for the most podium finishes ever to 163.

Taking an unassailable lead in the Drivers’ standings, Hamilton wrapped up this year’s title, equalling Schumacher’s record of seven.

“Massive congratulations to Lewis,” the former Ferrari and Mercedes man wrote in his post-race column. “He showed why he is such an exceptional talent.

“I’m always engaged by the running commentary from Lewis during the race on team radio, suggesting things aren’t going well, which is always entertaining โ€“ but he always delivers.

“In Turkey, despite his Mercedes team struggling for pace all weekend on a slippery surface in cold conditions, he stayed patient in the race, strategised and pushed when needed to.

“He got the tyres working when no-one else could. It was the perfect demonstration of what he is โ€“ a seven-time World Champion, equalling Michael’s record.

“It’s the kind of dominance that in most people’s motorsport career, you only see once. I’ve been blessed to see it twice.

“I have been fortunate to work with both Lewis and Michael. They are different characters, which is wonderful as you donโ€™t want metronomic characters in F1.

“Lewis is different to Michael in the way they approach things. At the core of it, they both have a God-given talent.”

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Although Hamilton has yet to sign with Mercedes for next year’s championship, it is expected to be a matter of when and not if.

Brawn reckons 2020 won’t be the end of the Hamilton-Mercedes run which has yielded six World titles for the Brit and seven championship doubles for the team.

“It’s hard to pick a weakness in his Lewis’ armoury,” he added.

“Right now, he’s at the pinnacle of his career. And I don’t know when his form will start to tail off.”

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