Despite taking a fifth world title, and securing his name in the history books, Lewis Hamilton admits it took some “special moments” to defeat Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari in 2018.
On Sunday in Mexico, Hamilton matched legendary Juan Manuel Fangio on five championships and is now only second to Michael Schumacher.
The Mercedes driver took an unassailable points lead in the second half of the season, following a close battle for the top of the standings with Sebastian Vettel.
In an interview with Motorsport.com, Hamilton disclosed what it really took to beat the Ferrari team.
“Even on weekends where we didn’t have the package and we were on the back foot, we’d come away with wins even though we weren’t the quickest.
“It took some special laps, it took some special moments in the car and I honestly could just re-live those moments all the time.
“Some of those experiences I had in the car were really magical.”
At numerous points this season, Hamilton and his Mercedes team have managed to produce incredible results from sometimes dire positions.
Notably he took second place following a lap one incident with Kimi Raikonnen at Silverstone, and took a rain-affected victory at Germany from 14th on the grid.
In addition to this Hamilton took pole at Hungary and Singapore, two circuits that Mercedes are noticeably weaker.
The five-time champion was quick to hand praise to his team, “I feel like i can drive anything and I feel I can take the car to places that nobody else can.
“But to do that, you have to get the car in the right place and so that means ultimately you’ve got to work with the team, to help unleash what’s great within them so that you can unleash the greatness in yourself.”
Lewis Hamilton overcame a difficult start of the year, which saw him have a significant points deficit to his main championship rivals. However, the second half of the season has been faultless from the Silver Arrows, whilst Ferrari have often made strategic errors compounded by desperate driving from Vettel.
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