What’s more, there have been numerous races where he has won in palpably not the fastest car, including some this year. Yes, rivals - especially Ferrari - have made errors, but it is often pressure that leads to mistakes, and Hamilton has been relentless. And then, of course, there is his wet weather prowess to factor in.
But what makes Hamilton remarkable is not only his success, but that he has been able to sustain it for so long - 12 years and counting. Consider the mountains this country’s previous three champions had to climb to reach the summit of F1 - Button, Damon Hill and Nigel Mansell - and then contemplate that Hamilton has achieved double the sum of their titles, sometimes seemingly at a canter. It might not make great viewing, but it does underline his talent.
So, the greatest British sportsman of all time? In many ways it’s a ridiculous question, but in 12 hours after posing the question on social media so far I’ve only had five-time Olympic champion rower Sir Steve Redgrave, four-time Tour de France winning cyclist Chris Froome and CB Fry, who represented England at cricket and football, set a long jump world record and had a trial for the England rugby team for good measure, as credible alternatives.
No doubt some readers will feel compelled to comment below in regards to Hamilton’s unpopularity with a portion of sports fans, but that’s not what I’m asking here; really, I’m just trying to ascertain who this nation’s sporting greats are, and where he sits among them.
However, to lay my cards on the table, I do think Hamilton’s achievements are at risk of being undermined by a combination of F1’s relative invisibility on Sky, the fact that the cockpits of today’s cars are so enclosed and that the wings and slicks formula hides a driver’s talent, and our odd national obsession with championing underdogs over, well, champions.
I suspect, too, that his earrings, dreadlocks, clothing choices and - sorry to say - skin colour alienate some of the sport’s traditional white, old, male fanbase. So too Hamilton’s desire to speak up on a variety of non-sporting subjects, sometimes seemingly in a contrary manner.
All that, though, is to miss the point. Britain has a sportsman it can truly acknowledge as the best in the world today - and possibly of all time, not just in his chosen sport but of any sport. History suggests these talents don’t come along often, too.
Time, surely, to celebrate?