Hamilton has already booked his place in history as one of the best Formula One drivers ever having won five world championships and looks odds-on to win a sixth this year.

That will leave him just one shy of Michael Schumacher’s record of seven championships and he has every chance of matching the German legend.

He broke onto the scene as a young 22-year-old at McLaren back in 2007 and immediately made a name for himself, finishing second in the championship in his rookie year just one point behind Kimi Raikkonen.

His first championship followed a year later, but then complications at McLaren saw the team soon slide down the standings before he eventually took the decision to move to Mercedes in 2013 to race alongside Nico Rosberg.

There were some teething problems in his first year, winning just one race as Red Bull continued to dominate the sport with Sebastian Vettel.

But then things soon clicked for Hamilton as he went on to win four championships in five years as the Mercedes era of dominance took Formula One by storm.

Now at 34 years of age, Hamilton remains the one to beat on the track and looks hungrier than ever to break records.

However, Mercedes team principal Wolff has admitted Hamilton wasn’t the finished article when he first arrived at Mercedes in 2013.

“He’s an integral part of the team and has developed as a racing driver, but even more spectacularly as a human being,” Wolff told Formula1.com.

“When he joined from McLaren, he was like a raw diamond in a sense.

“You could see complications in his life and maybe a lack of stability in understanding what was needed.

“All that disappeared through the Mercedes years and every year he became a better Lewis and – knock on wood – in the last two, three years we’ve barely seen any mistakes.

“And if they happen, he’s the first one to admit them and that has contributed to our culture of being brutally honest with each other.”

Hamilton is locked in to drive for Mercedes in 2020, but he could have a different team-mate to race against.

Valtteri Bottas’ future is yet to be decided and there is growing speculation around the paddock that Esteban Ocon may be in line to take his seat.

The French driver lost his seat at Racing Point Force India for this season to Lance Stroll and was unable to secure a place with another team.

source: express.co.uk

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