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Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton's Driver Bio

Starting as the fresh faced boy hero Lewis Hamilton’s arrival in Formula One saw him thrown straight to the deep end. With 2 wins and 7 podiums from his first 9 races Lewis looked unstoppable.

Lewis’s aggressive style and willingness to fight for a position has seen him out master some of the greats in his time not least of which his team mate in 2007 Fernando Alonso.

After his first year missing the championship by a single point Lewis went on to take the championship on the final corner of the Brazillian Grand Prix in 2008.

After 6 seasons under the McLaren banner Hamilton moved to the regenerated Mercedes works team. With the car peaking in the early part of the season Hamilton struggled to get suited to the car before eventually taking control in the latter half of the year.

2014 saw contrasting fortunes as the car proved to be the most dominant car in F1 history with only his friend and team-mate Nico Rosberg proving to be closest rival. With 11 wins to his name Lewis held on to take his second World Championship.

Hamilton's Career High

With a fortunate start to his career Lewis hit the ground running by narrowly missing out on the Drivers World Championship in his first year by a single point

Hamilton's Defining Race

2008 Silverstone Grand Prix.

In Senna-esque style Hamilton fought race long in torrid weather conditions to win over a minute ahead of the rest of the field and lapping all but the 2nd and 3rd drivers. Top strategy and uncompromising aggressive wet weather driving.

Hamilton's Career Low

Returning as World Champion in Australia 2009 the season started in a highly uncompetitive 15th with the McLaren Mercedes. Hamilton was then disqualified from the race after being caught up in the 'lie-gate' scandal after directly lying to the stewards.

Age 32
Championships 2
Wins 60
Pole Positions 70
Fastest Laps 37
F1 Highest Finish 1
F1 Race Starts 203

Hamilton's Racing Pedigree

2014 Champion Formula One2008 Champion Formula One2007 Runner Up Formula One2006 Champion GP22005 Champion F3 Euro2004 Champion F3 Euro2003 Champion FR 2.0
2016
2016 Season

F1: Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

10 Wins     17 Podiums     12 Poles

2nd
2015
2015 Season

F1: Mercedes AMG Petronas Champion

10 Wins     17 Podiums     11 Poles

2014
2014 Season

F1: Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Champion

11 Wins     16 Podiums     7 Poles

2013
2013 Season

F1: Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

1 Wins     5 Podiums     5 Poles

A switch to the struggling Mercedes team seems perfectly timed as McLaren plunge into the midfield and Mercedes rise up as the fastest car in the first half of the season. A tire blowout ruins a chance at victory at the Silverstone Grand Prix.

4th
2012
2012 Season

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

4 Wins

Lewis Hamilton's season is mixed with speed and uncertainty. With poor unreliability stopping him short on several occasions. With 6 pole positions only converting to 3 wins he's been either flying or falling.

4th
2011
2011 Season

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

3 Wins

A bad year for Lewis with visits to the stewards on most race meetings and a string of incidents with Ferrari's Felipe Massa. Despite this Lewis managed to finish short of the podium at many of the races due to the McLaren's underlying pace. For the first time in his F1 career Lewis was beaten by his team-mate Jenson Button.

5th
2010
2010 Season

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

3 Wins

Outclassed by the dominant Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel, Lewis was held back against some bad team decisions and blunders. With a brief look in on the title the McLaren eventually faded away

4th
2009
2009 Season

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

2 Wins

When the rules changed for the aerodynamics of the car McLaren were caught short. Hamilton had little chance of defending his title. With the development powerhouse of McLaren behind him Lewis was able to pick up 2 wins later in the season at Hungary and Singapore.

5th
2008
2008 Season

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes World Champion

5 Wins

With a dominant first race in Australia it looked to be clear that the McLaren was to dominate but a drop in form shortly after forced Hamilton take the fight to the Ferrari's. 4 wins in the mid season and a season long battle with the Ferrari of Felipe Massa went down to the wire with the final winner being decided on the final corner of the final race. Lewis won the championship by a single point.

2007
2007 Season

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

4 Wins

With only 5 races off the podium Hamilton's debut season was remarkable. Beating team-mate Fernando Alonso both on the track as well as off the track in a near brutal clash of personalities. Lewis was calm and controlled when Fernando went to extreme lengths to try to hold the Brit back. Lewis eventually finished only 1 point short of the drivers world championship.

2nd
2006
2006 Season

GP2 Series

1st
2005
2005 Season

Formula 3 Euro Series

1st
2004
2004 Season

Formula 3 Euro Series

1st
2003
2003 Season

Formula Renault 2.0 UK

1st
2002
2002 Season

Formula Renault 2000 UK

3rd