By Jonathan McEvoy for the Daily Mail
Published: 22:29 GMT, 1 November 2019 | Updated: 09:59 GMT, 2 November 2019
The props of his life were showing up in Texas as Lewis Hamilton edged ineluctably towards one of the greatest achievements in the history of British sport.
Like the old days, father Anthony was in the paddock with his wife Linda — tucking into beans for breakfast — while mother Carmen is joining them to witness the family's golden son become, surely, Formula One world champion for a sixth time.
Anthony was a pacing, fretting picture of paternal concern in the early years when the season came down to final races at Sao Paulo. In 2007, Lewis missed out by a point in the most remarkable debut season ever unfurled. In 2008, he won his first championship at the final corner by the same slender margin.
In 2008, Lewis Hamilton won his first championship at the final corner by a slender margin
Neither Lewis nor Anthony, peas from the same pod, is inclined to count the job done until it is confirmed. But both could afford to be a little more relaxed here at the Circuit of the Americas than back then in Brazil.
Hamilton need only finish eighth in Sunday's US Grand Prix — a near certainty if he completes the 56 laps — to be guaranteed the prize for the fifth time in six years, with two races to spare.
Here, in the crisp Texan air, he promised many more years of the relentless same — and at Mercedes, not Ferrari. The march goes