F1 2018 season awards: Sublime Hamilton and the emergence of Leclerc

The Englishman’s fifth F1 title was just reward for his brilliance but it’s a sad farewell to Fernando Alonso

A fifth title was Lewis Hamilton’s reward for an exceptional year. Yet it was not just the moments of sublime skill that defined it as much as his execution across the season. This was very much the performance of champion. When needed he could be untouchable. The qualifying laps in Singapore and in Hungary in the wet; his moves at Monza on Kimi Räikkönen, on Sebastian Vettel in Russia and a triple pass in Bahrain as well as clinical victories such as Spain and France. But crucially he was almost error-free and when on the back foot, played the long game superbly. Ninth to third in Bahrain; 14th to the win in Germany and perhaps most outstanding his recovery from 18th to second after being hit by Räikkönen on the opening lap at Silverstone. Hamilton delivered an object lesson in how to be the complete driver.

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