There are many reasons why Lewis is leading the Drivers' Championship (albeit by a small margin) after 12 races - but perhaps the key has been consistency. This becomes even more obvious when you look into the stats from his 2018 season so far.
From 12 races, he has won five and started on pole five times too, the most of any driver. He's also leading the way for podium finishes (9) and is tied with Sebastian Vettel for most front row starts (7).
The four-time World Champion has raced the most laps of anyone this year with 738 and has led 232 of those. Of the races this year, he's led eight, which means he's tied with Vettel with at the top of the table.
He's reached quite a few milestones during the course of the season so far, including his 100th start for the Mercedes F1 team in Bahrain (he's now up to 110, which is the same number of starts he reached with McLaren).
China was his 28th consecutive points finish, breaking Kimi Räikkönen's record. He upped that to 33 races before the run came to an end with a mechanical retirement in Austria. Pole in France was his 75th and at Silverstone he hit 50 poles for the Mercedes F1 team.
He also reached 125 podiums in Germany and 125 front row starts in Hungary. Impressive stuff!