I can see Max winning the WDC next year with RBR Honda.
The RB will be a top 2 car.
Bottas is not even worth mentioning.
Gasly is Max' wingman.
Ferrari is suffering the aftermath of Marchionne's sudden passing, the internal war creating camps and thus hampering the team due to the Binotti-Arrivabene clash.
Arrivabene stays, Binotti goes. Raikkonen goes, a rookie takes place. Vettel is unstable, can't handle the pressure, and if LeClerc matches him it's gonna be even worse.
Meanwhile, the Ferrari will not be as compettitive next year as for the past 2 years due to the Ferrari being designed for the past year and this one, and the conflict of this year
has caused a domino effect for next year, including the floor that was introduced that worked opposite.
Ferrari will start 2019 on a back foot, they won't be remotely as competitive as they were this and last year.
Mercedes is on a high, as is Hamilton, BUT hamilton will once again slump into relax mode and will have trouble starting up next year again. After a few races he'll bounce back,
and is a force to reckon with, as will the Merc.
but RB is investing gigantically for next year, so has and is Honda, and is Max. Newey has putting things on the low for the past years but is giving it all for 2019 with the new RB15.
Max is on the hunt, excited, and has been able to make people weary of him, just look at Hamilton how he avoids him even though that's because of the title, it also infuses a unavoidable mental imprint that'll stay.
Next year will be Max vs Lewis guaranteed.
Either can win. If Ham wins, he'll go for Schumacher's record, and quite frankly, that'll hamper any chance Max would ever get for that.
If Max wins, Hamilton is going to lose interest fast and might end his F1 career soon.
People seem to also forget that Hamilton got a WDC capable car from his debut, and was WDC the 2nd year.
Max has been in cars that are far from WDC able for 4 seasons before next year getting a chance at the title finally with a decent car, even though that still remains to be seen.
in 2009, the season right after securing the WDC, he had a car that was miles off the title compared to BrawnGP and RedBull. you could say that is comparable to the RB this year.
in 2010, 2011 and 2012 Lewis had a Mclaren which was still quite potential but not for the WDC, but arguably in a better spot than Max' RB Renault this year.
Definately way better than the Toro Rosso max was in when he started his F1 career.
the only moment Lewis had a car worse than 2009 was the Merc in 2013, and even then he won a gp and had several podiums.
Then, for 5 consecutive seasons, Lewis had the privilidge of a super dominating Mercedes.
Lewis thus has had in his 12 season career in f1 better material handed to him to be even able to achieve the figures he has today.
Max has already 4 seasons under his belt, and none in a WDC capable car.
PERHAPS next year he has - i expect so - but then that car surely won't be as dominating as the Merc has been.
Hamilton COULD have had 6 titles if Rosberg wasn't favoured and snatched one in 2016.
My point thus is, Lewis has far better chances to his availability to beat the legendary Schumacher's titles (and wins).
I'm not saying Max can't get those figures if he stays long enough in F1, but first of all Max doesn't have any motivation like Lewis has/had.
Max has no 'i want to achieve Senna' figures. He has no 'i want to achieve Schumi' figures. He drives for himself, no more, no less.
Lewis wanted Senna's figures. Achieving that, he's still in a favourable position. Now, Schumi's figures are within reach. Even if he hadn't opted for that first,
it's within arms length, so why not go for it, beat it, and then say 'i'm done' and go for his other wishes. He can be 37 when getting the 8th title, if the dominance stays.
even with a year missing out, he's gonna hit 38 to be able to make it 8th. young enough.
that would mean Max, would atleast be for a full 7 seasons in F1 before achieving a F1 title, OR 8 seasons in F1 with 1 title under his belt.
then, he'd need 8 more seasons to be able to beat that figure (of 8 titles).
No way, he's just not the type of guy for that in my opinion.
Not taking away any of Max' craft and spectacle, but that's not really his cup. I think Piquet and Mansell were spectacular too, but neither of them are drivers that ever would have interest in such (demanding) figures.
The only guy i can see coming up that MIGHT be interested in such figures, AND could have a road open for him is going to be Mick Schumacher, IF he even has the talent.
Otherwise, either Schumacher's spree will stand for years and years to come OR it will be Hamilton's figures that'll stand for years and years to come.
As for race wins, that's a different story. But titles, not so easily.
With 20+ races, you can beat those figures in 6 seasons easily as long as you have a capable car.
Schumacher had from 1992 till 2006, 14 years. if there were 20+ races in all those seasons, he'd undoubtedly had about 200 wins.
Dumpster sounds so much more classy. It's the diamond of the cesspools.