Lewis Hamilton is Just a Phenomenal Driver: Lowe

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November 1, 2018 1:18 am

Williams tech boss Paddy Lowe believes the defeat at the hands of Nico Rosberg in 2016 provided Lewis Hamilton with a big dose of motivation for the following two seasons.

Before moving to Williams at the beginning of 2017, Lowe worked alongside Hamilton at Mercedes where he headed the German outfit’s technical department.

The engineer offers his assessment on his former driver’s path to his fifth world title.

“I think he’s driven two terrific seasons,” Lowe said. “Two of his strongest seasons of all these last two years.

“The 2016 year was one he didn’t win and he probably believes he could have won it so that was a good motivation for him to understand how to strengthen his game. And we’ve seen that the last two years.”

Lewis Hamilton won his fifth title

While 2018 runner-up Sebastian Vettel certainly gave Hamilton a run for his money, and his mistakes notwithstanding, Lowe believes the German just isn’t a match for a man who almost appears unassailable as he sits at the top of F1’s mountain.

“He’s become a very difficult driver to beat,” insisted Lowe

“We’ve seen Sebastian has struggled to beat him this year. There have been losses in all sorts of different area but even just as a driver matching I think Lewis has outclassed Sebastian.

“That’s been one of the mismatches, there have been other mismatches in terms of the teamwork.

“One team has performed better than the other team top to bottom. But on top of it all is Lewis who’s just a phenomenal driver.

Hamilton wrapped up the 2018 title last week when he finished 4th in Mexico. However, the season is not over yet as there are still two races left on the calendar. The first order of business is the Brazilian Grand Prix on the 11th of November. Finally, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will close out the season on the 25th of November.

Williams Technical director Paddy Lowe
Dhruv George

Dhruv George is a senior writer for the Formula One and NASCAR division of EssentiallySports. He is a passionate F1 and MotoGP fan, developing a liking for McLaren and Carlos Sainz Jr, and recently began to follow NASCAR. He graduated from Xavier Institute of Communications, Mumbai, with a PG Diploma. He has been a fan of motorsports since 2000 and his passion is only growing stronger. He can be reached at @JibberJabberDG on Twitter and @dgjabberwocky1014 on Instagram.

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