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Brawn heaps praise on incredible Hamilton

30th December 2018, 12:17 by James Mason

Ross Brawn says Lewis Hamilton's performances in 2018 reminded him of displays he has seen from other Formula One greats.

Despite being under heavy pressure from Ferrari throughout the year and Red Bull towards the end of the season, Mercedes ace Hamilton managed to hold off the challenges to win a fifth world title.

The 33-year-old equalled his best tally for a single campaign with 11 wins from 21 races and Brawn believes the Briton produced performances like other motorsport legends did during their careers.

"Sometimes you get a driver who finds the performance you just don't expect," he told Autosport/Motorsport.com. "There are a couple of occasions, particularly in qualifying, when Lewis did that.

"He just took people's breath away. Those are the things you look at, and you just don't know where the performance comes from. Everyone thinks they know what the reference is and suddenly the driver does something that changes the reference.

"I was fortunate to see that sometimes in Michael Schumacher. We saw it with drivers like [Ayrton] Senna. And I think we saw that on a couple of occasions with Lewis this year."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.

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