Did you hear the news? About Nicole and Lewis? The devastating break-up that has rocked the F1 world? OK maybe not devastated but as the F1 season approaches it’s the only news hitting the headlines at the moment.

Which may not be a bad thing. It worked for Rory McIlroy, right?!

But enough of the gossip, you can read Heat for that. The F1 season is approaching, and the main question on everyone’s lips is can Lewis do it again?

If he does he’ll be making history. No other Brit has ever won back to back championships, and with the power of Mercedes behind him he’s odds on favourite with William Hill mobile to retain the title.

Last season he did it in emphatic fashion winning 11 of 19 Grand Prix and podium finished every race bar four in which he retired, including the Australian Grand Prix which gets under way this season on March 15. He’ll want to get off to a good start, especially with teammate Nico Rosberg confident he can beat the 30-year-old to the world title.

He told the BBC, “I have looked at last year and analysed it and I’m trying to do even better.

“It was close and I can do it. It is one step higher and either way it is going to be a great year again.”

He put in 208 laps at Jerez in pre-season testing and looks in good shape to battle with Rosberg again after a thrilling 2014 which saw the German disciplined for his crash with the Champion at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton & Nico Rosberg, 2014 Belgian GP

Hamilton has all the credentials to match Ayrton Senna’s haul of three Drivers Championships, and will certainly stand amongst the greats if he does so.

He said, “When you think of the car he drove and the team he drove for, the style in which he won races and the way he connected with people.

“It would be pretty awesome to do that [win a third title] and I am massively driven for this next one.”

His Dad believes it could be wrapped up by mid-year if he avoids the bad luck which he had last year such as retirement in Melbourne and the crash in Belgium. Mercedes will certainly be the team to beat and it could be a two horse race between the teammates once again in Abu Dhabi come November.

For any British fan, to see the Stevenage man match Jackie Stewart would be huge for the sport in the country and with the potential for him to surpass that will make it a really exciting few years in F1.

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