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Lewis Hamilton is on race track to become the greatest F1 driver of all-time, his Mercedes F1 team boss Toto Wolff has claimed. The Brit speedy has a 66 points advantage over nearest title rival Sebastian Vettel with three races remaining – available a grand total of 75 points.

The triple-time world champion is also well clear in terms of the number of wins, the first decider in case of a points tie, with nine to Vettel’s four. Put simply, the Ferrari ace Vettel must score 17 points more than Hamilton at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez (Mexican Grans Prix) to keep his title hopes on life support as far as the next race in Brazil.

Following his dominant victory at US Grand Prix, Hamilton needs only to finish fifth to become the first British driver to surpass Sir Jackie Stewart and claim four F1 championships. Lewis has been in extraordinary form of late – winning five of the six races since the summer break – and breaking Michael Schumacher’s pole position record at the Italian Grand Prix in September.

“Lewis is about to break all records that have been set in Formula One, and it is just a matter of time that people will say he is on track to being the best driver that has ever existed,” Wolff told the Press Association.

“The high performers often polarise because they have strong opinions and they express those. You don’t want to be down the middle and boring, and in today’s day and age if you polarise you stand out. Lewis stands out.

“Those sport icons that polarise eventually get the credit, but maybe after their career ends. This is the best Lewis – both on and off the track – that I have worked with since 2013.”

Toto also admits that, a sense of regret over Hamilton’s aggressive relationship with Nico Rosberg, did the Mercedes boss agree that the German’s sudden retirement was in fact a blessing in disguise?

“In hindsight all things happen for a reason,” said Wolff, whose Mercedes team celebrated their fourth consecutive constructors’ championship on Sunday night.

“So, looking back at the season and the structure we now have with Lewis and Valtteri Bottas – which has benefitted our overall team’s performance and the drivers’ performance – then yes.

“There is a certain regret that we could not make it less controversial – but it is down to the dynamics between the drivers and the personalities and maybe things we are not aware of.

“It was certainly a factor that they were both on the same level and competing for the world championship, but it was more a factor that there was also too much baggage from the past.”


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