“I am living a dream,” Nic Hamilton said in anticipation of Sunday’s Formula 1 season finale in Abu Dhabi. “Lewis actually brought me into Formula 1 as a driver in 2008. And this year I am the winner of the Brazilian GP and I am so proud of that, as the world knows.”
Nic has a point; Lewis has been incredible this year. He joined the sport in 2001 and was the youngest winner of the world championship at the age of 20, one month before his 21st birthday. He extended that streak to four years in 2006 when he took his third title.
This year, he’s an overwhelming favorite to win a record-breaking fifth title. In the absence of Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, he has been dominant. In two of the last three races, he has set the fastest lap both times, and in Sunday’s U.S. Grand Prix, after Rosberg retired from the race, Lewis was ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen by a whopping 10 seconds.
The duo is so dominant that two years ago, when Lewis retired from the sport in 2015, there was much discussion in the media about whether he should return and finally claim his fifth title. Now, as Lewis fades away, there’s even more talk — and less, at least for the foreseeable future, nostalgia. Still, with Nico, Max and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo right behind him, his ability to continue winning so convincingly means that even if he doesn’t get the title this year, Lewis is unlikely to ever lose one.
Lewis’ older brother Nic has been the leading driver on the Formula 2 circuit and then the Formula One debut series in 2010. In Formula 1, he races for this year’s championship contenders, Haas, filling in on long weekends. He has been in Abu Dhabi for a week, and is the first to admit that his circumstances will be far from ideal. But he’s not put off by them.
“I have the chance to win a world championship now,” he said, “and it is a dream come true.”