Before you all start moaning, I would like to make something VERY clear. This is not another Ferrari fan trying to discredit Lewis' achievements. I just want to explore him from a different angle. I bear no grudges towards Lewis in any way.
We can all recall the way he took on the F1 world last year. Maiden season, 100+ points, runner up in the Championship. No other rookie has come close to such statistics. In fact, not even many experienced drivers have done better in a single season throughout their careers.
But then again, not many drivers have started off their career in a McLaren. Yes Lewis was fortunate enough to do so, being on the McLaren programme from a young age. But is it credible to say that any rookie could have done what he did? Provided with the same car?
Possibly. Put someone like Vettel in it, give him an incentive to win (ie he'll be dropped if he doesn't, or something like that) and you may find he'll manage to pull off the season in the manner Lewis did. But then again, maybe not. Maybe Lewis is unique. But only time will tell that.
All great drivers have worked themselves up the F1 grid. Alonso from Minardi, Kimi from Sauber, Senna from Lotus, Schumacher from a breif stint at Jordan. The list is endless. Just imagine the heights they would/could have reached if THEY had started their careers in a McLaren (or even a Ferrari).
I cannot help but think that if Lewis went through the humble origins they did, I would respect him much more as a driver and a person. Imagine the headlines caused by a 22 year old rookie consistently hitting the top ten in a Honda. Or finishing consistently in the midfield pack in a Force India. Lewis would be a star in a reasonly priced car from the moment of his graduation into the highest level of racing. Breaking one of the old taboos in the sport: "The driver is only as good as his car".
Maybe however, he wouldn't perform as well in such cars. Maybe he'd just be another obscure, lesser driver in the sport. Unable to make a name for himself. Unable to find the pace. Maybe it will all turn out by the end of Hamilton's career, that he was just an ordinary driver. Lucky to find himself at the start, in an extrodinary car.
But for all my incoherent speculation, I will be hard-pressed to change the views of the British public. Let alone to get the majority of them to at least think. For as long as Hamilton wins races, he will be your infallible hero.
Nevertheless, for all my doubts (or as you may see it, prejudice), I still think that given his package and guts, he's a good driver.
And a note to all Lewis supporters, don't be blinded by your adoration for him. Try and keep an open mind to other people's thoughts and/or suggestions.
Addressing everyone, please read the previous comments. This saves yourself from the embarassment of bringing back up a settled arguement, repeating what countless others have said, and other minor but irritating things.