5 Moments that won Lewis Hamilton the 2018 F1 Title
The Brit simply didn't make any mistakes last year, something that even Ferrari will admit, albeit begrudgingly. It was far from an easy championship victory, as there were times when the pendulum undoubtedly swung in Sebastian Vettel's direction.
In the early stages, Vettel was the clear favourite, the second of his two wins in the opening rounds at Bahrain was one of the best of his illustrious career so far. But what went from for the German? Not much, Hamilton was just on another level.
#5 First Win in Azerbaijan
After having the win stolen from him in Australia, a grid penalty in Bahrain and an average race in China meant that Hamilton was without a victory in the first three rounds.
Sebastian Vettel had won a pair of races, but the man that the German was meant to battle the season out with was 9 points adrift. It seemed as though Hamilton was going to have to wait until the European season began to stand on the top step, as Vettel was confidently leading for the majority of the Grand Prix.
The Red Bull drivers clashing on Lap 40 of 51 brought out the Safety Car and threw the race into chaos, Valtteri Bottas now led the pack, with Vettel still followed by Hamilton.
When the race resumed, Vettel made a move for the lead, but locked up and ran wide, falling behind Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen and Sergio Perez. Bottas would soon run over some debris on the pit-straight, puncturing one of his tyres and ended his race prematurely.
In the end, Hamilton held off Raikkonen for the win, while Vettel was unable to get past Perez, crossing the line fourth. This was the first of 11 victories for Lewis last year, a crucial win on the way to his fifth title.