He’s still winning races and breaking records, so it may seem a little premature to be venerating Lewis. On the other hand… he’s still winning races and breaking records. With Mercedes once again looking like the team to beat, we fully expect 2020 – whenever it actually starts – to be the season in which Lewis equals and most likely eclipses Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 GP wins.
“I think he’s more complete than Michael,” Mark Webber recently observed. “I think he went about those results in a technically cleaner executed way, just by the way of wheel-to-wheel combat and no real trickery in his contact with the other drivers.” There are too many great drives to choose from, but the prodigious talent that produced such spectacular performances in the early part of his F1 career is now tempered by huge experience. Which means that he may not yet have even reached his peak…
“I don’t feel old at all. I feel as young as ever, I feel fit, fitter than ever,” Lewis told me a few months ago. “Everything just works better now, with the experience I have… I don’t even think it’s harder to stay physically in shape, although I’m sure that will inevitably tail off at some point.” At some point. But not just yet, and not so soon that he may well end up being the greatest, bar none.