Lewis Hamilton celebrated a record-breaking sixth Formula One world title, with a second-place finish in the United States Grand Prix. The Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Team star is now just one championship title behind former Silver Arrow driver, Michael Schumacher's record of seven world crowns.
Lewis's performances this season have been astonishingly consistent; rarely making a mistake and knowing when to push and when to preserve his tyres. The result at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, brings Lewis’s all-time career podium count to an incredible 150 - including 83 wins - from 248 Grand Prix. Unsurprisingly, he admits his campaign in 2019, with 10 wins so far, has been one of his best-ever seasons in F1.
Lewis said: "This year has been continuous growth but I tried to make sure that I've started the season as I finished last year. If you looked, I've been very consistent in qualifying. I've not had particularly spectacular pole positions that perhaps I did last year, it's been first, second row the majority of the time.
"It's been the best performing year. It is like I'm working on a masterpiece and I haven't quite finished it yet. It takes a long time to master a craft and whilst I feel like I am mastering it, there's still more to master.
There's still more to add to it. There are still more pieces to the puzzle to add.
"There's going to be more ups and downs along the way but I feel like I've got the best tools now, to this point at least, to be able to deal with those.”
While never one to look at his records or his achievements, Lewis obviously knows the significance of now being in a position to equal or even beat Schumacher's record.