Lewis Hamilton heads into this weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix on the back of perhaps his best performance of the season so far, after finishing second last weekend at the United States Grand Prix.
It would come as no surprise that the 37-year-old is a fan favourite in America and he so nearly achieved what they’ve all been begging for – a victory in 2022.
The Brit started the race at the Circuit of the Americas in third but was second by the time they exited the first corner, where he then settled into the race behind 2021 rival Max Verstappen.
It was evident that Verstappen was faster, which resulted in Hamilton and Mercedes attempting some different tactics.
He attempted to undercut the Dutchman, which unfortunately failed on the first occasion; however, it worked a treat on the second attempt.
Verstappen had a shocking second stop, which saw the double World Champion fall behind Hamilton and Charles Leclerc.
Against all the odds, it was really looking like Hamilton was going to claim his first win of 2022 and extend his record of having won a race in every season he’s competed in.
Alas, it wasn’t to be, as with six laps remaining, he was overtaken by Verstappen.
Despite this, it was still his best weekend of the season, giving him some hope that he can still claim his 104th Grand Prix victory.
Hamilton has actually only won twice at this weekend’s host, the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez Circuit, in 2016 and 2019.
Ahead of the weekend he made a guest appearance on the very popular Jimmy Kimmel chat show, one he’s featured on many times.
Kimmel asked the most decorated driver in Formula 1 if he is the “greatest-ever” driver to have raced in the championship, something he admitted he doesn’t “like to talk about”.
“I know what I am,” Hamilton said.
“I know how good I am but I don’t really like to talk about it.
“I like to just do the talking on the track.
“That’s what my dad always said. When I was a kid when we were racing, we were on the receiving end of a lot of discrimination because we were the only people of colour on the racetrack. My dad said just do my talking on the track.
“So even today I don’t feel like I need to say anything. I just let my what I’m doing on the circuit, what I’m doing off the circuit kind of talk.”
The statistics do suggest that Hamilton is the greatest-ever F1 driver, given he’s won the most races, claimed the most poles, led the most laps, achieved the joint-highest number of titles, racked up the most points, stepped foot on the rostrum more than anyone else, and started the most races for a single team.