Lewis Hamilton celebrates with the British Grand Prix podium.

Lewis Hamilton benefitted from a mid-race safety car to jump teammate Valtteri Bottas and pinch victory.

There is no other driver operating on the same level as Lewis Hamilton today. While the Briton has earned the benefit of a class-leading car and is obviously immensely naturally talented, it’s his insatiable desire to be the best — surely the point of any elite competition — that is setting him apart from his undoubtedly fast rivals.

Lewis Hamilton celebrates at the 2019 French Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton dominated the French Grand Prix to extend his championship lead to 36 points.

Lewis Hamilton drives out of his Mercedes garage.

Mercedes claimed a record-breaking 63rd front-row lockout at the French Grand Prix.

If you were monitoring that renowned bastion of reasonable and level-headed debate known as Twitter during the Canadian Grand Prix, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Formula One had folded overnight, never to be seen again among the ranks of top-tier motorsport.

The most important question now is how integral Ferrari’s flaws are to its 2019 campaign. Only with that answer can it attempt to lift and salvage what’s left of its season.

The cost of Ferrari’s slow start to the season will be paid by its 2019 campaign eventually. Whether the payment ultimately bankrupts its campaign will be decided this weekend.

It’s early days yet, but there could be trouble brewing at Mercedes — and if Ferrari can’t pull itself together, you’d better hope there is.

Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel at the 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The 2019 preseason starts today.

Who were the standout drivers — good, bad or otherwise — of 2018?