“It's hugely impressive. Remember, too, that Michael was driving in an era when the races all-but ended after 40 laps. By that, I mean if you were leading after the last pit-stop, you were almost assured of victory since track position was king.
“With these new regulations, races go down to the wire. Tyre management, making the right calls as the race unfolds, communication with your team, overtaking, raw pace – all are crucial to the modern-day driver, and at the moment, Seb is coming up with the goods.
“There were so many good performances on Sunday. Mark's pass on Fernando going down the hill to Eau Rouge was one of the bravest I have ever seen. Jenson's drive from 13th to third was beautiful – and there was Michael's drive from last to fifth on the 20th anniversary of his debut. Of course he, like Jenson, profited from the safety car but he paced himself well and used his tyres judiciously. I wonder whether it has taken Michael this long to get used to the fact that it is not a sprint formula anymore. It is about brain as well as brawn.
“Lewis Hamilton, a man with pace to burn, is still coming to terms with that fact. He has everything in his armoury, but for whatever reason the clarity of thought is not quite there at the moment. Actually, I didn't agree with Lewis' assessment that his collision with Kamui Kobayashi
was '100 per cent' his fault, but there have been too many incidents this year. He needs to improve that area of his game, because Seb is setting the bar very high right now.”