Ross Brawn opens up on Lewis Hamilton after the Mercedes driver secured his sixth F1 title this year.
Lewis Hamilton’s record of securing just five poles during his latest title-winning season has turned the head of F1’s managing director of motorsports Ross Brawn. The Mercedes driver trailed Charles Leclerc in that respect, with the Ferrari ace coming out on top in qualifying on seven occasions.
Hamilton scooped the sixth World Drivers’ Championship of his career by coming home in second at the United States Grand Prix last month.
He would have added two more podiums to his tally at the subsequent races in Brazil and Abu Dhabi had he not been handed a time penalty at the meet in Sao Paulo.
Hamilton managed to win seven more races in 2019 than his nearest rival – Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas – who ended the F1 campaign with four victories.
And his final triumph came on Sunday at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which he led from start to finish having qualified on pole.
Brawn, who helped mastermind F1 legend Michael Schumacher’s success at Ferrari, has now hailed Hamilton’s achievements this year.
And, in doing so, he’s pointed out how Hamilton ensured he did not count the cost of not always being the best performer in qualifying.
“The final Grand Prix of the year brought back memories of the opening races of the season, with Lewis Hamilton in truly dominant form and Mercedes in a completely different league to the rest of the field,” Brawn told Formula1.com.
“Proof of that comes from the fact that Lewis notched up his sixth ‘Grand Slam’ of pole, win, fastest lap, leading from starting to finish.
“The 2019 version of Lewis has been really impressive: 11 wins, 17 podium finishes from 21 races and always finishing in the points.
“Perhaps the most unusual statistic is that he only took pole five times, with Charles Leclerc doing two better on seven.
“Prior to Abu Dhabi, the last time Hamilton topped the timesheet in qualifying was in Germany back in July, which is all the more strange as he holds the record for pole positions on 88.
“Indeed, Sunday’s race seemed like a formality. The icing on the cake came in the shape of the fastest race lap, set two laps from the flag.
“The time set a new track record and even more remarkably it was achieved on tyres that were 27 laps old. It’s impossible to ask for more from this great champion.”