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.

Valtteri Bottas on track at the 2019 British Grand Prix.

Bottas beat Hamilton by just 0.006 seconds to deny the Briton a seventh home pole.

Valtteri Bottas on track for practice at the 2018 British Grand Prix.

Valtteri Bottas has pipped Lewis Hamilton to the quickest time in a blustery Friday of practice at Silverstone.

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.

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.

So still that question hangs in the air as Formula One hurtles towards its European leg of the season. is anyone good enough to beat Mercedes? On current form, the answer is a resounding no.