Monday, 19 november 2018, 09:24 , by Martin Macdonald
Williams driver Lance Stroll believes that Lewis Hamilton fully deserved his fifth world championship victory in 2018 due to his consistency in picking up points and his lack of mistakes, as well as "out-racing and out-driving" his closest title challenger, Sebastian Vettel.
In the first half of the campaign, Hamilton and Vettel exchanged the top spot in the rankings, but after the summer break the Brit's performances improved while Vettel's regressed, which allowed Mercedes to take advantage.
Stroll, a colleague of both drivers, appreciates the competition at the top of the standings, but thinks Hamilton simply outperformed Vettel.
“It’s been great to see [him] alongside Sebastian in, I would say, an equally competitive car. Maybe it’s more competitive, maybe it’s less, I don’t know, you can talk in detail," said the Williams driver.
“But he’s just out-raced him and out-drove him and you have to respect that as a racing driver. Because a season like Formula 1, 21 races, it’s such a long year and he seems to just come in every weekend and get the job done which is easier said than done. Big respect towards him.”
In an ominous statement for the rest of Formula 1, Stroll thinks that Hamilton is actually getting better, and that his ability to avoid mistakes is another key factor in his success.
“He’s just been consistent and he’s been getting better by the looks of it,” the Canadian continued.
“I’m not at Mercedes, I don’t know what goes on behind the scenes but you rarely see Lewis crash, you rarely see Lewis make silly mistakes.
“I think that the key to scoring a championship at the end of the day is just picking up points. If you’re third and the risk of overtaking second is high, it’s just about picking up the points at the end of the day. All those points add up. He’s proven that over the last couple of seasons in particular.”