Lewis Hamilton has become a dominant force in the world of Formula 1, having now been crowned world champion in three of the last four seasons.
The British driver was only outdone by then-teammate Nico Rosberg back in 2016, as the German steerer rallied to his maiden Championship victory and then stunningly called it a day on his racing career.
Hamilton then picked up where he left off the campaign prior by running out a worthy victor in 2017, and he now has his sights firmly set on producing another superb showing throughout this current season.
The 33-year-old Stevenage-born sports star has become widely regarded as one of the best drivers in the history of the sport, having gone on to clinch no fewer than four world title victories in his illustrious career to date.
Now within the ranks of Mercedes, Hamilton is on course for another Championship crown, after an impressive start to proceedings this present season, though he holds plenty of obstacles in his way and other world-class opponents aiming to get the better of him.
Ahead of the next race day on the busy Formula 1 season schedule, reigning and defending Championship holder Hamilton is set to enter proceedings as the 13/8 second favourite in the F1 betting to win the coveted Spanish Grand Prix ahead of current German rival Sebastian Vettel.
Despite once again sitting in a pretty position at the summit of the Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship standings, Hamilton has actually played down his own chances of gaining a fifth world title this season.
Perhaps in a way of easing the pressure on himself this term, while also adding to that on German rival Vettel of Ferrari, Hamilton was clear in writing off his own chances for the remainder of the campaign.
Speaking to Sky Sports after winning the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku last time out, Hamilton was keen on progressing throughout the remainder of the campaign, but admitted he will likely have to win many more “tricky battles” in order to prevail.
Then referring to “the two weird races” that had kept his team Mercedes “in the mix”, Hamilton added that he can’t rely on those for the next 17 that are left.
He went on to claim his team need to get the ultimate performance out of the car and to have the utmost confidence in the motor that can lead them to success this season. Hamilton himself believes his Mercedes vehicle has the pace required to challenge for the crown but has hinted there are minor tweaks that can be done by those around him.
He also outlined after that race in Baku that there are “many areas” in which his team need to sort out in order to properly sustain a title challenge.
Hamilton clearly has some issues with his team and car’s performance, seeing some sort of problems that could threaten to derail his Championship chances, but his performances so far in the campaign haven’t indicated that he will tail off in what has been a dramatic title race.