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Is Hamilton's Domination Common in other Sports?

Lewis Hamilton cruised to another Drivers’ Championship in the 2019 season, securing the crown for the third season on the bounce. Hamilton has now pulled within one title of Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of seven.

The Mercedes driver has been unstoppable since the 2014 campaign, winning five of the six championships. Only Nico Rosberg has managed to deny the Brit, snatching the title away from his team-mate in the 2016 season. No one has been able to close the gap on Hamilton since, which is why once again the 34-year-old is the bookies’ favorite to triumph in 2020.

Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen have shown promise and could be the ones to lead the charge. Their odds in the 9/2 range are worth considering with all leading bookmakers, but the leaders in finding the best value are found at with several good options available to back the two drivers to clinch their first crown.

The presence of the veteran preventing younger players from rising up is not only prevalent in Formula One. It’s a trait that has been shared by tennis in recent history where the big three - Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal - have been imperious in their hold over the four majors as highlighted by The trio along with Andy Murray have denied the next crop of talent the chance to make their impression in Grand Slams, holding a monopoly on all the events.

Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev, Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas have found their route to the top blocked by the quality of Federer, Djokovic and Nadal. The trio are arguably three of the greatest players of all-time, pushing the boundaries of greatness further than they have been taken before. It’s not just their quality play that has been impressive for so long – it has been their consistency and their resilience. It’s a hallmark of a true champion.

Hamilton has the same drive and determination, continuing to excel with his skill and his desire to catch Schumacher at the top. At 34, he shows no signs of slowing down as do his counterparts in the world of tennis. Even in the world of golf, Tiger Woods may have been inspired by the performances of other veteran players. He returned to the summit of his sport with a fine victory at The Masters as described here on to win his first title in 11 years. As an upstart, he crushed all comers and now he has returned with the same vigor and purpose to propel himself back to the top of the game.

Advances in sport science and medicine are playing a role in lengthening the careers of these veterans. The great Tom Brady has enhanced his TB12 brand to remain at the top of the NFL. After playing for almost 20 years and winning six Super Bowls, he still has the hunger to pursue more titles with the New England Patriots. It’s encouraging for Hamilton to see people older than himself still dominating their respective sports and it’s bad news for the rest of Formula One – as it will no doubt spur him to prevent the next generation from rising.