Lewis Hamilton’s 2020 F1 championship, compared

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2015

The 2015 season was perhaps the height of Mercedes being unrivaled. Sebastian Vettel grabbed a handful of victories but was never a serious title contender. Similar to 2020, Hamilton wholly outclassed a teammate of Finnish descent. We don’t yet know whether Lewis will take a breather now he has his championship as he did five years ago. Personally, I can’t see this. Hamilton seems to grow year-on-year, and as I argued before, he has learned from his late-season 2015 dip that gave Rosberg the edge for 2016.

2019

In my introduction, I mentioned how difficult it is to differentiate Hamilton’s Championships, and 2020 and 2019 are particularly similar, minus a dubiously powered Ferrari. One could argue that less competition for Hamilton, as it appears 2020 has, should make this year less impressive than others. Although I agree, Hamilton this season has upped his game from the already unimaginable highs it reached in 2019. I would say it is only Austria (version 1) and Silverstone (version 2) where Hamilton hasn’t been the best man on track. The two other times he has not claimed victory, at Russia and Monza, were because of his employer’s rare mistakes, not his.

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2018

If you think Hamilton is outclassing Bottas this season, have a look at 2018. While Vettel and Ferrari made a real go of it, Bottas did not claim a win all season. Hamilton had to go it alone and be the point man for Mercedes. You can compare this to the little support Alex Albon is giving Max Verstappen this year. Hamilton bested Vettel and Ferrari more or less single-handedly. Mercedes only took the crown over Ferrari thanks to Hamilton’s significant points advantage (and Raikkonen’s additional DNF’s). 2018 was a season when Hamilton had to dig deeper than this year and therefore pips 2020.

2017

Look away, Ferrari fans. 2017 is the year of that Singapore Grand Prix. Ferrari quite possibly had the best car, in particular in the first half of the season. Hamilton was now slogging it out with Sebastian Vettel instead of Nico Rosberg, his antagonist for the three previous years.

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2008

All criticisms of Formula One being a single team series will disappear if 2022’s regulations give us a season like 2008. An early-season four-way title fight and constructors needing to outmaneuver one another to take wins would be terrific. A much younger Lewis Hamilton learned so much from ’07 and ’08 and made him the man he is today.

2014

2014 was perhaps the only year where a Mercedes being unparalleled in pace wasn’t met by disappointment from fans. Although by Rosberg’s admittance, Hamilton is a better driver, you didn’t always know it in ’14 with both men fighting tooth and nail in a terrific championship marking the start of the modern turbo-hybrid era.

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