So if you have never watched F1 how can you how the things are rn? He used to be better than he is rn, Max is just better. the only reason why he is still competitive with him is the car and his team which is better than Max's. Also he has been really lucky this season. Has made a lot of mistakes (Lewis). but him or Mercedes didnt pay for them at all, Max and RB paid for them. Max made much fewer mistakes but they were really costly for him. So all these things together are keeping Lewis competitive, it is just how it is.
And he hasnt win 98 races, but 100 races