Lewis Hamilton, who wrapped up the fifth driver’s title of his career in Mexico at the weekend with a fourth-place finish-having only needed to come home seventh or higher to beat Sebastian Vettel to this year’s championship, is continuing to get better and there is plenty more to come, according to Mercedes chief Toto Wolff.
This is the best Lewis Hamilton I have seen in the last six years,” Wolff said having worked with Hamilton since 2013.
“He has driven better, he has been better out of the car. Very, very complete. [His biggest strength is] keeping his calm and holding his nerve. We had times when the car was good enough to win and times when the car was not good enough to win. But he was very stable.
“It’s the ability to combine talent with hard work, intellect and emotional intelligence. All great champions have all four of them. If one is missing, you can still be a successful racing driver but you are never going to achieve this greatness. As long as he is in a good car and continues to enjoy it in the way he does today, there is more to come.
“But the reason he has won the fifth championship is that he concentrates on the job in hand and does not look too far away. Because before you win a seventh there is a sixth to win, and we haven’t scored a single point for that one.”