He was not at his pyrotechnical best over one lap. Perhaps at 34, we should not expect so many qualifying performances that defy physics. But he mostly drove well within himself to notch his sixth title with two races to spare in a car that was often second best.
He is harnessing his experience across every facet of his driving, which is how he can sustain his brilliance into the Indian summer of his career. Max Verstappen was exceptional but revealed a couple too many moments of impetuosity.
Now 34, Lewis Hamilton remains an incredible driver after winning a sixth title
RACE OF THE YEAR: GERMAN GRAND PRIX
High marks to Brazil. Lowest marks to Le Castellet in France, which is being redesigned to make it a half-interesting track. But for drama and comedy, the winner is Hockenheim.
Even Hamilton spun off twice in the wet and asked to retire. Valtteri Bottas crashed out, prompting Mercedes boss Toto Wolff to slam his fists on the table. Others slid into the gravel. The most farcical moment was Hamilton's pit stop. The boys were not ready. Cue Laurel and Hardy scenes. Tyres were ferried in an out. One chap hurt his back. Hamilton was in there for 50 seconds. Oh dear.
There were farcical scenes throughout the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim
MOMENT OF THE YEAR: ANTHOINE HUBERT'S DEATH
On a sad note, Hubert died in the F2 race at Spa. Few crashes stop you in your tracks the moment you see them the way this one did. The most heart-rending sight was the 22-year-old's mother, Nathalie, holding his crash helmet among the mourning circle of bowed heads on the grid. She hid her eyes behind dark glasses.
After the death F2 driver Anthoine Hubert, his mother Nathalie held his helmet at a memorial
RIVALRY OF THE YEAR: VETTEL v LECLERC
Who is No 1 at Ferrari? That is the question Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc have pulled apart like a Christmas cracker. The answer is Leclerc, with more wins, more poles, more points — and victory at Monza. One problem is Vettel, paid £36million a year, won't lie down. Another is that the leadership at the team appears weak. They will,