Lewis Hamilton and the Mercedes team had very few problems in 2018 to tell the world of motoring they are the present and the future of Formula 1.
The British racing rider added his fifth Formula One championship, and matches the historic Argentinian Juan Manuel Fangio, while the German team added another title of constructors, after overcoming an uncertain beginning of the season.
And is that until the Belgian Grand Prix everything pointed to a level playing field with Ferrari and Red Bull, but the Silver Arrows showed in the long run to have a better engine and a better design to start adding one after another the necessary victories to move away from his rivals.
Hamilton also knew how to keep calmness to overcome the disappointment of the initial bad results, to finish a season in which he won eleven of the 21 races raised in the calendar.
Not only did he put the best of his talent on the track, but he also took advantage of serious errors from his closest pursuer, Sebastian Vettel, especially in the final part of the world championship, the worst possible moment to lose concentration.
What happened to Lewis was a demonstration that he is among the largest athletes that sport has left, and records will show up one after another if he stays on a winning team.
The 2018 season saw Kimi Raikkonen's first victory after 113 races as one of the most joyful moments, as well as the farewell of Spanish Fernando Alonso of the top category of the engines in a dark year for him.
2019 is shown as a year in which both Hamilton and Mercedes’ control will continue, but it will be necessary to follow in promising young people footsteps who arrive with the talent and credentials to start asking for their space on the podiums. This is the case of the British Lando Norris and George Russell, as well as the Thai Alexander Albon, who got their seats by results and not money.