Why Lewis Hamilton has secured his place among the greatest F1 drivers | Giles Richards

Damon Hill joins other experts in paying tribute to his fellow Briton who is celebrating 10 years at the top of his sport

A decade ago, the opening to what was to be a dramatic season heralded the arrival of an exceptional talent in Formula One. Back then, as the sport came to terms with the remarkable start made by the 22-year-old Lewis Hamilton, no one could quite foresee the impact this precocious and fearless youngster would make. Ten years on, the jury is in and the verdict is unanimous: Hamilton is now within a race of securing his fourth world championship, that early promise more than fulfilled. The Briton is not the same man, nor the same driver, but his place in the pantheon of great F1 drivers has been assured.

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