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Lewis Hamilton can cement F1 legacy with fourth Championship crown

After the disappointment of missing out on the 2016 Formula 1 Drivers' Championship crown last season, Britain's Lewis Hamilton has his sights set on capturing success this campaign. The Mercedes driver was beaten by former stablemate and German racer Nico Rosberg last term, before the eventual champion announced his sudden shock retirement from the sport during the aftermath of his maiden career victory.

With Rosberg now out of the picture, it's Hamilton's Championship title to lose this current season. Although, another German steerer is pushing the Briton all the way on the track, in the form of four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel. The latter Ferrari driver is relishing a newfound speed in his motor this campaign and looks likely of battling Hamilton in a two-horse race all the way to the final stages of the 2017 season.

Recommended betting offers by include snapping Hamilton up to win this year's Drivers' Championship at odds of 13/8 from Sky Bet. That price will undoubtedly shorten in the coming months, as the Englishman looks to compete with Vettel at the top of the current standings.

Lewis Hamilton at Stars and Cars 2015 by AngMoKio (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Vettel is currently the leading favourite to win an incredible fifth world title this season, but Hamilton will be doing everything in his power to avoid letting another silverware success slip away from his grasp. If the Stevenage-born driver was to prevail again this campaign, he would join Vettel on four F1 Championship triumphs, as well as the legendary Frenchman Alain Prost.

Hamilton secured his first victory back in 2008, before going on to win back-to-back Championship crowns in the 2014 and 2015 seasons. He looked likely of being a dominant force to reckoned with for many more years, but Rosberg was able to halt any superiority continuing last term.

The stage is now set for Hamilton to join Vettel and Prost on four title victories, then potentially build on that and edge closer to the other legends of the sport. He is already a British racing great, surely the best England has ever seen, but he will have many more records in his sights being just 32 years of age still.

Michael Schumacher is the leading man in terms of most Formula 1 Drivers' Championship successes, with the German icon having rallied to a remarkable seven triumphs. This included five consecutive title wins from the turn of the Millennium in 2000 until 2014.

Hamilton has a long way to go in order to catch up on the sport's greatest ever steerer, but he has shown he belongs alongside such illustrious names with previous performances in recent seasons. A 2017 title victory would cement Hamilton's Formula 1 legacy for sure and write him into the sport's history books.

The determined and highly driven Mercedes star has many more years left on the track in his already memorable career, but a fourth Drivers' Championship success this season would go a long way in securing his position as one of the all-time greats.