Lewis Hamilton said he was living the F1 dream. The season might have ended with a nightmare, but he's ready to be the greatest driver of his era, says MARK HUGHES
"I'm living the dream," said Lewis Hamilton early in the year. It was, of course, a reference to his delight at becoming a grand prix driver, and with no less a team than McLaren. But almost all season he locked himself into a dreamlike state that allowed him full access to his awesome ability, despite no Formula 1 databank.
It was almost as if Hamilton was walking on water because he didn't realise it couldn't be done, that a rookie couldn't just walk in and claim the sport's biggest prize at his first attempt. But something shocked him out of that dream prematurely and it was almost as if he woke up from it, found himself sitting on the front row of the Interlagos grid in a world title showdown, and thought, 'What am I doing here?'