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Lewis Hamilton stats & info
|Place of Birth||Stevenage|
|Date of Birth||Jan 7th 1985 - 37 years old|
|First Race||2007 Australian F1 GP|
|Last Race||2022 Hungarian F1 GP|
|First Pole||2007 Canadian F1 GP|
|Last Pole||2021 Saudi Arabian F1 GP|
|First Win||2007 Canadian F1 GP|
|Last Win||2021 Saudi Arabian F1 GP|
|First Podium||2007 Australian F1 GP|
|Last Podium||2022 Hungarian F1 GP|
Lewis Hamilton F1 Stats
|Race Wins||103 (34,2%)|
|Pole Positions||103 (34,2%)|
|Fastest Laps||61 (20,3%)|
|Points Finishes||261 (86,7%)|
|Wins from pole||61|
|Front Row Starts||173|
Lewis Hamilton Biography
Lewis Hamilton is one of the fastest drivers of his generation. When he entered Formula 1 back in 2007 he amazed the world by his performance. He finished 3rd on his first race and astonished the bookmakers. In his rookie year, Lewis Hamilton also was very close to winning the World Drivers' title. If you would have put some money on that at the US bookmakers, you would have won a lot of money.
The 34-year-old is now a six-time world champion after his success in 2008, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019 and he drives the sport's fastest car.
Race wins should keep flowing and championships could start to total up, as the Englishman looks to cement his legacy as one of the sport's greats.
Hamilton’s bold move to Mercedes in 2013, which many thought would go badly, has reinvigorated him. After being on the books of McLaren since boyhood, he clearly needed a change from the team which helped him become world champion.
Hamilton’s time with McLaren soured towards the end, but it is worth noting that they enjoyed a unique driver/team relationship.
At the age of ten, Hamilton approached McLaren boss Ross Dennis and told him “I want to race for you one day ... I want to race for McLaren.” Less than a year later Hamilton was signed to the young drivers’ school, the rest, as they say, is history.
Dennis saw in Lewis Hamilton the drive and ability to become one of the sport's finest ever. Much hype surrounded Lewis, and that only increased when it was announced that he would make his F1 debut for McLaren in 2007. Only special drivers start their career at a top team.
On his debut in Australia, he came third, the next race second, and in just his sixth start in Canada, he took his maiden victory. To prove it wasn't a one-off, he did it again in the USA a week later and mounted a genuine title challenge.
His team-mate, and defending double-world champion, Fernando Alonso didn't like the equal status he shared with the Brit, and they fell out spectacularly, with the Spaniard taking most of the blame. Alonso, McLaren’s prize signing, left at the end of the season.
Further wins in Hungary and Japan put Lewis on the brink of a remarkable debut world championship. But a mistake in China and gearbox woes in Brazil robbed Hamilton of what would have been a deserved title.
However, in 2008 it all came right. Heading into the final race in Sao Paolo Hamilton only needed a few points to win his maiden title. But a repeat of the previous year’s bad luck looked set to hand the title to a Ferrari, in this case, Felipe Massa.
Hamilton’s last corner move on Timo Glock snatched the fifth place he needed to secure the title on the final lap of the season in the most dramatic end to a season seen since the days of Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost. Since then, Hamilton’s progress has stalled slightly although he wasn’t helped by his team.
In 2009 an uncompetitive car merited just two wins, while 2010 saw him stay in contention but ultimately fall to Sebastian Vettel, who began his era of dominance. Personal life issues ruined his 2011 season, while it was obvious all was not well between team and driver in 2012.
After leading in Singapore his car broke down, it was symbolic of his relationship with McLaren. A fast start, plenty of hope and promise, before it all came to a dramatic halt.
His move to Mercedes, although a risk, gave him the freedom he craved. The results speak for themselves. An encouraging first year brought one win and a fourth-place finish in the championship.
The main reason Lewis Hamilton moved to Mercedes was that Mercedes chairman Niki Lauda told him they would make him world champion in 2014. With a new set of rules,
Mercedes came out very strong in 2014. The new 1.6 V6 turbo engine era turned out very well for the German team. Rumours say that the Mercedes power unit generated more than 100 BHP than the PU of Ferrari and Renault. Hamilton and Nico Rosberg fought all season long, with the momentum swinging between them until Hamilton put his foot down.
A tally of eleven wins in the year saw him win the 2014 F1 championship.
2015 then proved to be even better. Rosberg, Vettel and co didn't stand a chance as Hamilton wrapped up his third title in the USA with three races to spare.
The 2016 F1 season was similar to 2015. The Mercedes W07 was even more dominant than ever. The car won 19 out of 21 races of the calendar. A collision in Spain between Rosberg and an engine blowup in Malaysia caused him to lose the drivers' title to his teammate Rosberg. Nico had a fabulous season. 2016 F1 results show us that Lewis even had more victories and podiums than Nico. Never the less his engine blow-up was his Achilles that season.
In 2017 Lewis got a new teammate at Mercedes; Valtteri Bottas. Three days after his old teammate Rosberg got his 2016 drivers title, he decided to quit his F1 career, which was a huge blow for the Mercedes team. Nevertheless, the team had to look for a good substitute and came up with Bottas, who moved from Williams to Mercedes.
The season started as always with four days of testing on the Catalunya circuit near Barcelona in Spain. During these testing days, it became quite clear that Ferrari had made huge progress over the winter and had closed the gap to Mercedes. At the last day of testing, they were almost a second a lap faster than Red Bull. It looked like Mercedes where sandbagging with their W08. The opening race on Albert Park showed that they were fast and Lewis started from pole.
Hamilton had huge competition from Vettel in the first half of the 2017 championship. The German won the opening round in Australia and three other races (Bahrain, Monaco & Hungary) to be ahead of Lewis Hamilton in the drivers' championship until the summer break.
After the summer break, the momentum shifted. Hamilton was flying and won three races in a row (Belgium, Italy & Singapore), In his hunt for his 4th title, he also broke the Pole Position record of 7 times WC Michael Schumacher. He got even with 68th poles in Belgium and broke the record in Italy.
Vettel was on pole position in Singapore but had a bad start which resulted in a crash with Max Verstappen and even his teammate Kimi Raikkonen. Vettel also retired in Japan and Lewis kept on winning. He won the Japanese and US GP and was able to clinch his fourth title in a crazy race in Mexico.
Verstappen is known for his very deep corner breaking and could pass Vettel and Hamilton. Next came the chicane in which Vettel hit the rear right of Hamilton with his front wing and caused a flat tyre for Lewis.
Hamilton had to pit for new tyres and rejoined the race as dead last. He wasn't able to get up to speed and pass the back-markers as fast as Vettel did and had to fight hard for each place he wanted to gain. At the end of the race, he was able to finish 9th, while Vettel finished 4th. It was enough to secure his 4th F1 drivers' title.
The 2018 season was quite different for Hamilton. The first part of the season Ferrari and Vettel were very strong and lead the championship. As you know, Lewis never gives up and kept on believing, which brought him his 5th championship.
He had a lot of tough moments to test his relentlessness. During his home Grand Prix, he started from pole, but had a bad start and spun his Mercedes W09 in turn 3, because Kimi Raikkonen hit him. He had to fight from last place to keep his title aspirations alive and drove the race of his life to finish an unbelievable 2nd place.
In Germany, again a home Grand Prix, but then for his team Mercedes, he had a technical failure during qualifying and had to start from P14. Hamilton had a great first stint and was already driving on P5 in lap 14. The race itself became very interesting when it started to rain at a part of the track. A few drivers went in to get wet tyres, but rain master Lewis Hamilton stayed out. It stopped raining and all drivers who switched to rain tyres had to switch back to slicks. In lap 53 the rain returned on another part of the track and caused race leader Vettel to lose control of his car in turn 13. The German retired and lost 25 points with it. The safety car came out and Hamilton was called in for intermediate tyres but decided at the last moment to stay out and won the race.
Lewis Hamilton is now the most successful British driver ever and belongs to the very short list of four F1 drivers who have won 5 or more F1 driver titles:
- Michael Schumacher won 7
- Lewis Hamilton won 7
- Juan Manuel Fangio won 5
In the quest for his sixth world championship, Hamilton started the 2019 campaign with a dominant Pole Position at Australia, which was surprising, given Ferrari's solid outing during winter testing. The British champion started the race alongside his teammate, Bottas, who was faster off the line and took the lead and, eventually, was the first winner of 2019. The Finn was ready to mount a title challenge to his teammate after a winless 2018 campaign.
Hamilton went on to win a couple of races in a row, at Bahrain after a good fight with Vettel and Charles Leclerc reliability problems and at China, where he became the winner of race number 1000 in Formula 1 history. Bottas hit back at Azerbaijan and tied the winning tally at two apiece, with Hamilton finishing a close second. Then, the reigning champion broke through and put his W10 in the top in four straight races —Spain, Monaco, Canada, and France— which gave him a solid lead in the championship.
Hamilton went on to finish fifth at Austria after a difficult weekend, then, he won his home Grand Prix at Silverstone. In the last two races before the summer break, he finished ninth in Germany after one of the worst performances of his career, and closed the first half of 2019 with a thrilling victory at Hungary after a stunning fight with Verstappen, which was decided thanks to Mercedes' strategy and Hamilton's speed in the closing stages of the race.
Hamilton closed the best first half of his career with eight wins in 12 races and leading the World Drivers' Championship with 250 points and a commanding lead of 62 points over his teammate.
Following a dominant streak of three straight victories for Ferrari after the summer break, Hamilton stopped the Italian outfit run with a win at the 2019 Russian Grand Prix. The British driver started the race in second place alongside Pole sitter Charles Leclerc. At the start, Sebastian Vettel had a great lunch and overtook both cars in the front row.
After Ferrari had some confusion in the early part, Hamilton (who was on the medium tyres and a different strategy) kept his W10 close to the red cars. A Virtual Safety Car on lap 28 after Vettel's MGU-K failed gave Hamilton the lead and he kept it with a great drive. The win at Russia was Hamilton's 82nd in his F1 career.
In the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, Hamilton started fourth and took the lead in the final stages of the race due to what it seemed to be a successful one-stop strategy. However, he pitted again and finished third as he could not overtake Vettel in the final laps. Also, he secured the 46th Fastest Lap during his career, tying Kimi Raikkonen in second place of the all-time list.
The following race gave Hamilton his first chance to secure his sixth World Drivers' Championship. Trying to seal his title for an unprecedented third straight time at Mexico, Hamilton started the race from third and went on to win after making work a one-stop strategy which put him ahead of Vettel's Ferrari and his teammate Bottas. With Bottas finishing third, Hamilton had to wait another week for a new chance to close his quest for number six.
At Austin, on the 3rd of November of 2019, Hamilton started the 2019 United States Grand Prix from fifth on the grid, but a great first lap put him third, behind Bottas and Verstappen. Verstappen and Bottas were on a two-stop strategy, while Hamilton would try another one-stopper. Eventually, Bottas overtook Hamilton in the early stages and won the race, but it was not enough to prevent the Englishman from enhancing his legendary career. His P2 finish in the race was his 15oth podium in Formula 1.
Hamilton became only the second driver in history to win six Formula 1 drivers' titles, after Michael Schumacher. Also, he secured his third title in a row, which was done by three drivers before him (Juan Manuel Fangio, Schumacher and Vettel).
The British driver won his fifth title with Mercedes, tying Schumacher (five for Ferrari) as the drivers with most titles with a single team.
In the last two races, Hamilton battled for the win with Max Verstappen in the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix but ultimately finished seventh after a penalty for a late collision with Verstappen's teammate Alex Albon. Then, he dominated the 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from Pole to match his highest tally of victories in a single season with 11 and to break his own record for most points during a year (413).
With the historical chance of tying Michael Schumacher's tally of World Drivers' Championships and surpassing the all-time record of Grand Prix wins in history, Hamilton's 2020 looked like a date with destiny before the season started. After the delay and cancellation of various races due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 F1 season got started on 5 July at Austria.
For Hamilton, the first race was not the best, as a penalty for a clash with Red Bull's Alex Albom left him fourth, as Bottas won in the beautifully black-coloured W11 (due to Hamilton's and the team's fight against racism). Though his year started with two penalties in the first race (the other one for not slowing down for yellow flags during Q3), at the following race, the Styrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring, Hamilton had one of his 'normal' weekends, dominating a wet qualifying by 1.2 seconds over wet-weather ace Verstappen and winning the race.
Hamilton went on to win the next two races at Hungary and at Silverstone, even completing the final lap with three tyres. Then, he finished second to Verstappen in the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix, again at Silverstone. His fourth and fifth wins of the season came at Spain and Belgium, before finishing seventh at Monza for having entered the pit-lane when closed (and receiving a 10-second stop-go for it).
In F1's first race at Mugello, Hamilton achieved his 90th Formula 1 victory with a solid win over his teammate Bottas. With the chance to match Schumacher's tally of 91 wins at Russia, Hamilton started from pole but his race was already hindered by two five-second penalties due to doing practise starts in the wrong area (his team had told him it was safe to do).
On 11th of October of 2020, during F1's first race in the Nurburgring since 2013, Hamilton started from P2 and took advantage of a mistake by Bottas to overtake him and control the race. Hamilton won the Eifel Grand Prix ahead of Verstappen and achieved his iconic 91st F1 victory, tying Schumacher's record and extending his lead in the WDC with his seventh win of the year.
Record-breaking race at Portugal
Hamilton won the 2020 Portuguese Grand Prix at Algarve after starting from Pole Position on 25th of October. The start of the race was crazy, with Hamilton finding no grip due to damp conditions and with the McLaren of Carlos Sainz taking the lead of the race. Then, Bottas and Hamilton passed the McLaren. Hamilton overtook Bottas on Lap 20 and went on to win the race at an unbelievable pace.
It was Hamilton's 92nd Grand Prix win, breaking the all-time record, previously established by Michael Schumacher.
A record-tying effort at Turkey
Then, Hamilton extended his record with a win at Imola and sealed his seventh World Championship after winning the wet 2020 Turkish Grand Prix from sixth on the grid with one of the best drives of his career.
The seven-time champion won the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix from Pole Position before missing the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix due to a positive COVID-19 test. Lewis Hamilton returned to action in the 2020 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the final race of the year, and finished third.
Hamilton closed the 2020 season with 11 wins and 10 Pole Positions out of 16 starts. He collected 347 points throughout the year.
Huge comeback ended with heartbreak for Hamilton in 2021
The 2021 Formula 1 World Championship saw a year-long battle between Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull's Max Verstappen. The Dutchman won the title in the final race at Abu Dhabi after a late overtake on Hamilton after a late Safety Car period.
The end of the race was controversial, as former Race Director Michael Masi tweaked the Safety Car rules and allowed only the lapped cars between Hamilton and Verstappen to overtake, while also restarting the race in that same lap. Ultimately, Verstappen made use of his fresh tyres and overtook the British driver.
Ultimately, Hamilton ended the 2021 Formula 1 season with eight wins, including a huge comeback drive on the 2021 Sao Paulo Grand Prix, which he won from 10th place.
Moreover, he had recovered from last to fifth on Saturday's Sprint Qualifying (after he was disqualified for a failure on the rear wing of his car) and then won Sunday's race after receiving another penalty (five-place grid penalty).
He reached his 100th Formula 1 win at the 2021 Russian Grand Prix and had previously achieved his 100th Pole Position at the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix.
Tough 2022 season for Mercedes F1
Hamilton started the 2022 season knowing that Mercedes' challenger for the year wasn't a great car, but he stated that the team would simply fight with what it had and try to improve each time.
The year started with Hamilton taking his 183rd podium at the season-opening race at Bahrain, with a third place that he inherited after the two Red Bull cars failed towards the end of the race.
On 19 June 2022, Hamilton extended his record of most podiums by a driver in Formula 1 history with another third place in the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix, the ninth race of the 2022 Formula 1 campaign.
Hamilton came close to winning the 2022 British Grand Prix on 3 July 2022, but a late Safety Car ultimately hindered his chances and he finished third.
On 8 July 2022, Hamilton crashed his Mercedes W13 during qualifying for the 2022 Austrian Grand Prix, but he ultimately finished the race in third place, taking the 186th podium of his career.
Hamilton started his 300th Grand Prix in Formula 1 on 24 July 2022, in the 2022 French Grand Prix. In that event, Hamilton finished second, recording the 187th podium of his career (extending his F1 record).
The British legend ended the first half of the 2022 F1 championship with a second place in the 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix. Hamilton had big chances to win the race, but an issue with the DRS of his Mercedes W13 during Q3 put him in seventh place to start the race.
Still, his pace was great and he ended up second in the event.
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