In the battle for five world titles it was Lewis Hamilton who came out on top after an immaculate season that in many ways mirrored 2017. It was actually an unconvincing start to the year for the Brit. After seven races, Hamilton had just two wins to his name, one of which (Azerbaijan) came after a huge slice of luck but in many ways that typified his season. Regardless of whether he was at his peak or some way off it, Hamilton cleverly avoided errors and made sure that the podiums kept rolling in.
Then, just like 2017, Hamilton proved to be untouchable down the stretch. Win after win knocked the stuffing out of Vettel and it was evident that a 5th world championship was inevitable. Hamilton's pace has never been in question but there have been times where his consistency has been. The last few years should eradicate any of those doubts. Whatever your personal feelings are on Hamilton are irrelevant in this context. The man is racing at an immense level and it's up to someone else to match that in 2019.