Lewis Hamilton had an impressive 2017, winning his fourth Drivers’ Championship to draw level with Sebastian Vettel and Alain Prost.
However, former world champion Nigel Mansell has urged the 33-year-old not to rest on his laurels for the upcoming season.
He hopes to see Hamilton take advantage of his position at Mercedes, with the Brackley-based team looking like the dominant force for the foreseeable future.
And he wants the Brit to take a stranglehold on the championship for a few years – much like Michael Schumacher did with Ferrari in the early 2000s.
“What I would encourage Lewis and his fans to get across is he has an incredible opportunity to set new records,” Mansell told Sky Sports.
“You’re in the best team with the best car, there isn’t the depth of competition there used to be.
“Make hay when the sun shines just like Michael Schumacher did for three or four years.”
And Mansell believes if Hamilton puts his focus on his racing then his problems away from the track will also fall into line.
“I really hope Lewis keeps his focus,” he added.
“The other problems will go away.
“Lewis is a fabulous driver and you get him on a good day and everyone understands him, we love it. We really do.
“Everyone is entitled to have some difficult days, there is a lot of pressure on him and I hope he has a wonderful year.”