Lewis Hamilton Clinches Sixth World Title
It is an incredible feat of accomplishment for a Formula 1 driver to win the Drivers’ Championship, just one time. But once was not enough for British driver Lewis Hamilton; in fact, it was five times less than what his future held for him.
This year in Austin, Texas, Lewis Hamilton clinched his sixth World Drivers’ Championship title, surpassing the likes of Ayrton Senna (three titles), Alain Prost (four titles), and Juan Manuel Fangio (five titles). This now puts Hamilton within tantalizing distance of matching the legendary Michael Schumacher’s seven World Championships, and it would seem that he fully intends to meet that goal.
How did the race finish?
Unfortunately, Hamilton was not able to stand on the top step of the podium as he snatched another Championship for the collection, as his teammate Valtteri Bottas wrestled the lead out of Hamilton’s hands in the closing laps. Though it must have been disappointing to not simultaneously win the race and the Championship, Hamiton did not seem to give any thought to it, and understandably so.
In the post-race World Championship press conference, Lewis Hamilton stated that, “I’m working on a masterpiece, and it’s not quite finished yet.” He has not shied away from sharing his intentions to continue his career in Formula 1, and this only fuels his return for the coming seasons.
Though many people might admit that, in their opinion, the sport of Formula 1 has grown to become repetitive and at times uninteresting because of Hamilton’s dominance, it is nevertheless an incredibly impressive accomplishment to claim not one but six Championships.
Can Hamilton match Schumacher's record?
Fans and neigh-sayers alike must acknowledge the immense skill and determination of Lewis Hamilton, and accept that he has already become one of the greatest drivers the world has ever seen. This being the case, it is very likely and even expected that Hamilton will match, if not surpass, Michael Schumacher's record of eight World Championships.
It is an electrifying thought to consider the fact that in just one season’s time, Lewis Hamilton could match Schumacher’s title record, and maybe even go beyond it and set a new bar for up and coming drivers. The possibility of a newly crowned record holder combined with the new regulations and design changes for 2021 could make the coming seasons some of the most enthralling yet.