Lewis Hamilton on track during qualifying for the 2018 United States Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton claimed a tightly contested pole from Sebastian Vettel on what’s shaping up to be a title-deciding weekend.

Lewis Hamilton on track at the 2018 United States Grand Prix.

Hamilton was quickest, Vettel picked up a three-place grid penalty for speeding under red flags.

Lewis Hamilton talking to the media at the 2018 Japanese Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton has paid respect to the man he’s set to vanquish at this weekend’s United States Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton celebrates victory at the 2018 Japanese Grand Prix.

There was no stopping Lewis Hamilton in Japan as he mounted a compelling case for an early fifth world championship.

Lewis Hamilton celebrates at the 2018 Japanese Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton is just one race away from claiming his fifth title after a dominant win in Japan.

Lewis Hamilton on track during practice for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Mercedes was streets ahead of the competition during free practice at the Japanese Grand Prix.

Mercedes cast Valtteri Bottas as Lewis Hamilton’s wingman at the Russian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton on track at the 2018 Russian Grand Prix.

Mercedes ordered Bottas to cede his lead to Hamilton for the good of the championship.

Sebastian Vettel’s title destiny is still in his hands, but only just.

Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the 2018 Singapore Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton’s scintillating Singapore form has brought a fifth world title into his grasp.