As I have not answered the OP yet, let’s just get that out of the way: no way in hell.
As for Hamilton’s legacy, it’s hard to say, but I think he’s gone beyond Jacques Villeneuve (though Mercedes will be the definite answer to that, regardless of how good it is). After 2009, I was fearing it might go there, but ’10 and ’12 I believe have shown he has the potential to make the extra step.
There’s a few things to consider really:
- When Villeneuve entered F1, the big names were just Schumacher and Hill. Villeneuve never challenged Hill like Hamilton challenged Alonso, and Alonso is clearly better.
- Villeneuve failed to ‘latch on’ to the big names; 96-97 he was there, beyond there his name was nothing. That was the Schumacher-era, where Michael was taking on a different driver every other year. Hamilton has established him as one of the big names. Yes, Vettel’s been bringing home the gold, but the big three are Vettel, Hamilton and Alonso; it’s not Vettel vs Hamilton, Vettel vs Alonso or Vettel vs Räikkönen. It’s a multi-legend era, and Hamilton’s a big part of it.
If he stops next week, Hamilton will be remembered as one of the best single WDC drivers in history. The best? No perse, but certainly one that will be remembered.