|Formula 1 world championship|
|Start number :||44|
|First start:||2007 Australian Grand Prix|
|2007–2012 McLaren • 2013–2020 Mercedes|
|World Cup balance:||World Champion ( 2008 , 2014 , 2015 , 2017 , 2018 , 2019 , 2020 )|
|World Cup points :||3738|
|Leadership laps :||5,039 over 25,575.1 km|
|As of: Turkish Grand Prix, November 15, 2020|
In 1998, Hamilton was accepted into the sponsorship program of the Formula 1 racing team McLaren . He won the Formula 3 Euro Series in 2005 and the GP2 Series in 2006 . He has been racing in Formula 1 since 2007. From 2007 to 2012, Hamilton competed for McLaren. In the first year he was runner-up and in 2008 he was the youngest world champion in Formula 1 history. Hamilton has been competing in Formula 1 for Mercedes since 2013 . For this racing team he won six more world championship titles in 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020, making him the record world champion with seven titles alongside Michael Schumacher . In addition, Hamilton holds the records for most victories, podiums, pole positions, accumulated world championship points and lead kilometers, among other things.
Beginnings in motorsport
Hamilton began karting in 1993 at the age of eight . He went through different categories: Cadet (1995-1996), Junior Yamaha (1997), Junior Intercontinental A (1998-1999), Intercontinental A (1999) and Formula A (2000). In 2000 he was named a Rising Star member by the British Racing Drivers' Club . When he was ten, he asked Ron Dennis , who was then the team boss of the Formula 1 racing team McLaren , for an autograph and told him that he would later like to drive for his team. In 1998, Dennis Hamilton signed up for the McLaren driver development program . The contract also included an option for a Formula 1 cockpit.
Formula Renault and Formula 3
Hamilton began his professional racing career in formula racing in the winter of 2001/2002 in the winter series of the British Formula Renault , before switching to the British Formula Renault for two years. Starting for Manor Motorsport , after finishing third in 2002, he won the championship title in 2003. In addition, in both years he took part in a number of races in various racing series, including the British Formula 3 Championship and the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup . In the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup he achieved a total of four podium finishes - including one victory - in six starts.
In 2004 , Hamilton switched to the Formula 3 Euro Series . With a win at the Norisring , he finished fifth overall at the end of the season. At the end of the season, Hamilton Manor left Motorsport and moved to the top French team ASM Formule 3 , with whom he competed in the 2005 season . His teammate was Adrian Sutil , with whom Hamilton was on friendly terms until the beginning of 2012. Hamilton, who dominated the season, won 15 out of 20 races, securing the championship title over his teammate Sutil.
For the 2006 season, Hamilton switched to the GP2 series , which was held as part of the Formula 1 supporting program. He remained loyal to his team, which was named ART Grand Prix in the GP2 series . Hamilton's team-mate was Alexandre Prémat , who had already started one season for ART Grand Prix in the GP2 series. Hamilton took over the cockpit from Nico Rosberg , who had won the championship a year earlier. In the fifth race at the Nürburgring , Hamilton won his first race in the new championship, despite having to take a drive-through penalty for driving too fast in the pit lane. With four more victories, including the prestigious race at the Circuit de Monaco , and nine podium finishes, Hamilton won the championship ahead of Nelson Piquet junior .
On November 24, 2006, McLaren-Mercedes Hamilton officially confirmed as the second driver alongside the then world champion Fernando Alonso and thus also its own funding policy in recent years. According to Ron Dennis, Hamilton was the only driver on the market who had really impressed him after Michael Schumacher's resignation and the commitments of Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen , and who was available on the transfer market: “There was no one who really shone. Lewis is worth giving him the chance so that he can show us what he's capable of. ” Since Ron Dennis had promoted Hamilton's career for around ten years, it was the entry of the first black racing driver into it Formula 1 a media topic for the 2007 season . Bernie Ecclestone had been talking for years about the fact that a colored driver and a woman were the only things that Formula 1 was still missing for marketing reasons. Hamilton has since been referred to as the " Tiger Woods of Formula 1".
In his first Formula 1 race, the Australian Grand Prix on March 18, 2007, he immediately reached a podium: He crossed the finish line in third behind Raikkonen and Alonso, after having been ahead of his teammate for a long time. This made him the best debutant since Jacques Villeneuve in 1996 , who came second in his first race, also in Melbourne . In the next four races in Malaysia , Bahrain , Spain and Monaco , where he finished second in each case , he showed that Hamilton's performance was not a matter of beginner's luck . Hamilton became the first Formula 1 debutant in 57-year Formula 1 history to take part in the awards ceremony in each of his first three races. After the race in Monaco, McLaren was suspected of deliberately slowing down Hamilton so as not to endanger his teammate Alonso's victory. The FIA then opened an investigation into suspected stall orders . However, after analyzing the data, McLaren was acquitted. This, however, began the primarily media-staged rivalry between Hamilton and Alonso. The British press regularly suspected that their compatriot was being discriminated against, while the Spanish press did the same in reverse. The relationship between the two drivers cooled noticeably after they had appeared jokingly together in public at the beginning of the season and filmed a joint commercial for Mercedes-Benz . Above all, Alonso came under enormous pressure to explain why, as a two-time world champion, he could not regularly beat the debutant in the same car and in the meantime fell significantly behind him in the world championship.
At the next Grand Prix, the Canadian Grand Prix, Hamilton achieved his first pole position and ultimately won his first victory. As a result, he was the youngest driver in Formula 1 history to take over the leadership of the world championship, which he held until the season finale. One race later at the US Grand Prix he repeated the result from Canada and scored another victory starting from pole position. With two third places in France and Great Britain , Hamilton expanded his debut record with the most consecutive podium finishes to nine times.
At the chaotic European Grand Prix at the Nürburgring, Hamilton failed to make it onto the podium for the first time in the 2007 season and also did not get into the points after surviving a serious accident in qualifying. At the same time, Alonso won, catching up on Hamilton in the world championship. At the following Hungarian Grand Prix , the duel between Hamilton and Alonso was further aggravated: In qualifying, Alonso stayed with the McLaren pit crew for an unusually long time in the last segment, blocking his teammate. Alonso's vehicle had already been cleared and he had received the signal to continue. Nevertheless, Alonso stayed in the pits for reasons that were not apparent from the outside, so that Hamilton had to wait in the pit lane behind him. As a result, Hamilton was no longer able to drive another timed lap in order to push Alonso, who was in the lead, from the front. The race management assessed the incident as gross unsportsmanlike conduct of Alonso against Hamilton. She pronounced a penalty transfer by five places to sixth place on the grid against him. In addition, the race management decided to revoke all possible points of the constructors' championship from McLaren because of stall orders for this race. The driver's standings remained unaffected by the penalty. The alleged background for Alonso's behavior was the sequence at the pit exit during qualifying that had previously been arbitrarily changed by Lewis Hamilton: Contrary to the instructions of team principal Dennis, Hamilton had driven out before Alonso. In the race, Hamilton extended their lead with a win, while Alonso finished fourth. In the three following races, which formed the European end of the season, Hamilton achieved another place on the podium with a second place in Italy . With Alonso winning this race, there was a fourth McLaren one-two this season.
After his victory in the rainy Japanese Grand Prix , Hamilton had two races to go, 12 points ahead of Alonso and 17 points ahead of Raikkonen, giving him a solid lead in the World Championship. At the following Chinese Grand Prix he could have won the title perfectly, but after a superior lead on worn tires on lap 31, he slipped into a gravel pit in the pit entrance and was no longer able to continue the race. Instead, Ferrari driver Raikkonen won the race and so one of the most exciting points constellations in Formula 1 history emerged before the final, in which three drivers still had a chance of winning the title. Before the decisive race in Brazil , Hamilton was leading with 107 points ahead of Alonso with 103 and Raikkonen with 100 points. There, Hamilton fell back to the lower ranks right at the start due to a driving error and technical problems and finished seventh, which was not enough for the title due to the simultaneous victory of Raikkonen. He was runner-up behind Raikkonen (110 points) but ahead of his team-mate Alonso (109 points each).
After the end of the race, it became known that the FIA was investigating BMW Sauber and Williams because of temperature irregularities in the gasoline. In the event of a disqualification, Hamilton might have moved up to fourth place and still become world champion at the green table. However, the FIA decided not to punish BMW Sauber and Williams, thereby confirming the final result of the World Championship. The McLaren team lodged an official protest against this decision. On November 16, 2007, the appeal was rejected and the result of the race in Brazil was confirmed.
The season was overshadowed by the so-called "espionage affair" in which Hamilton's team was involved. McLaren was accused of using data from its competitor Ferrari when designing its own racing car, which corresponds to the offense of industrial espionage. Even after the first races, allegations were raised that a Ferrari employee had passed on secret data to a contact at McLaren. In September the McLaren team was fined one hundred million dollars before the FIA World Council in Paris. In addition, the team was deprived of all points from the current season. Hamilton himself had always defended his team in public and rejected the allegations. His team-mate Alonso, however, who had also publicly criticized the team during the second half of the season, left McLaren after the end of the season after just one year and returned to Renault .
2008 (first world title)
On January 18, 2008, McLaren announced that Hamilton had signed a new contract until 2012. As early as December, the previous Renault driver Heikki Kovalainen was hired as the successor to Alonso who had emigrated . In the first race of the Formula 1 World Championship in Australia in 2008 , Hamilton not only achieved pole position, but also won the race. In the next two races followed a fifth place at the Grand Prix of Malaysia and a 13th place in Bahrain , which he lost the world championship lead to Raikkonen. After a third place in Spain and a second place in Turkey , Hamilton won in Monaco and again took the lead in the world championship. He beat the strong Ferrari in qualifying and won despite a puncture at the beginning and sometimes pouring rain.
At the following Canadian Grand Prix , Hamilton initially led the race. During a pit stop in a safety car phase, however, an accident for which he was responsible occurred, which caused him to retire. He had overlooked the red light at the pit lane exit and drove his rival Raikkonen into the rear of his Ferrari. He therefore lost the lead in the drivers' world championship to Robert Kubica . After the race he was given a penalty transfer of ten places on the grid for the French Grand Prix . In this, he did not get past tenth place because of the transfer and a drive-through penalty.
In the following race, his home race in Great Britain , he showed a flawless performance, won the race and took the lead in the world championship. Hamilton only failed to lap second and third in this race and crossed the finish line with a lead of over a minute. He also won the next race, the German Grand Prix . Hamilton achieved pole position in Hungary , but did not get past fifth place due to a puncture in the race. Since Felipe Massa was in the lead shortly before the end, Hamilton retained the championship lead and thus operated damage limitation. The race was won by his team-mate Kovalainen. After finishing second behind Massa in the European Grand Prix on the new Valencia street circuit , Hamilton was once again on first place in the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps . In the race he initially lost one position to Raikkonen, who led the race for long stretches. Shortly before the end, however, Hamilton used the onset of rain to put Raikkonen under pressure. As a result, several leadership changes occurred on the slippery road surface. Raikkonen lost control of his car with one lap to go and retired, Hamilton crossed the finish line first. His joy about the victory was short-lived: The race management decided to give Hamilton 25 penalty seconds for shortening the chicane before the start and finish in a duel with Raikkonen, which threw him back to third place. McLaren protested against the decision, which was rejected a good three weeks later before the FIA court in Paris.
In the following races in Italy and Singapore , Hamilton only got eight points, but his rival Massa did not catch up. In Japan , too, Hamilton robbed himself of all chances in the first corner and remained without points. In the following race, the Chinese Grand Prix , he achieved an undisputed victory.
Hamilton started the last race of the season in Brazil with a seven point lead over Massa . Hamilton only had to finish fifth if his pursuer won. In a race that was rather uneventful for long stretches, this goal did not seem to be in jeopardy, until the rain started around ten laps before the end of the race and the order was mixed up again. Massa kept the lead and crossed the finish line first, while Hamilton was overtaken by Sebastian Vettel on the penultimate lap and was only sixth. At that point, Massa would have been world champion. Timo Glock, driving on dry tires in a Toyota , lost his lead on the increasingly wet track, until Vettel and Hamilton finally passed him. So the world championship was decided in the last corner of the last lap of the last race. Hamilton was only one point ahead of Massa (98:97 points) as the youngest world champion in Formula 1 history. In 2010 he lost this record to Vettel.
Before the 2009 season , it was already apparent during test drives that McLaren had focused too much on the development of the current car in the battle for the world championship during 2008. The new MP4-24 didn't live up to the team's hopes for competitiveness. In order to dampen public expectations of the reigning world champion in advance, Mercedes-Benz sports director Norbert Haug announced that he was assuming that he would initially only be able to fight for midfield positions. At the first race in Australia , the forecast was initially confirmed: Hamilton and his team-mate Kovalainen drove well behind the front and did not make it into the top 10. In the race, however, Hamilton took advantage of the sometimes chaotic conditions and crossed the finish line with a faultless performance in fourth place behind Jarno Trulli . After the race, Trulli was downgraded to twelfth place for alleged overtaking during the safety car phase, so that Hamilton initially inherited third place. However, he was subsequently disqualified because Hamilton and McLaren are said to have deliberately deceived the commissioners at the first hearing in Melbourne. Trulli, however, got his third place back.
Although he didn't have a good car, he finished the next three races in the points. This was followed by a longer period in which Hamilton remained without points. Partly it was due to the weak McLaren, partly to Hamilton himself. An accident in qualifying in Monaco made it impossible to get a good starting position, which is particularly important in this race. At the German Grand Prix , Hamilton fell back to the bottom of the field in a promising position after a start collision. His performance in Hungary was all the more surprising . With a good start and strategy, Hamilton won his first race of the season. At the next race in Valencia it looked like Hamilton would win again, but a bad pit stop made another win impossible for him and he finished second. In Italy , Hamilton reached a pole position again, but had to admit defeat to the two Brawn drivers in the race . Hamilton did not save his third place, which he finished until the last lap, because he lost control of his racing car between the Lesmo curves. He used his pole position at the next race in Singapore to win another race. After finishing third in each of the following two races, Hamilton captured pole position again at the season finale in Abu Dhabi . In the race he initially kept the lead, but did not distance himself from Vettel, who had started with more gasoline, as he had hoped. Shortly after Vettel took the lead after the first pit stops, Hamilton had to end the race prematurely with braking problems. At the end of the season he finished fifth overall with 49 points. Hamilton, who had already had his team-mate Kovalainen under control last year, set himself apart even more clearly from the Finn in 2009 and was thus also responsible for McLaren's parting with Kovalainen at the end of the season.
Hamilton's new teammate for the 2010 season became reigning world champion Jenson Button . After Hamilton started the season well with third place in Bahrain , things didn't go so well for him at the Australian Grand Prix . First of all, his private car was confiscated by the police on Friday after burnouts on public roads and Hamilton was summoned for improper use of a vehicle. Things didn't go well on the racetrack either. After he was in third place and failed to overtake the Kubica in front of him, his team decided to change their strategy and changed tires again. Hamilton lost his position as a result of the additional stop and after a race to catch up in fifth place did not make it past his former team-mate Alonso. With a few laps to go, he collided with Mark Webber trying to overtake Alonso and finally crossed the finish line in sixth. At the Malaysian Grand Prix , after starting the race 20th, he finished sixth after a few overtaking maneuvers. With a second place in China behind Button, McLaren scored their first one-two of the season. At the European opener in Spain it initially looked as if he could achieve second place again, but two laps before the end he retired with a defect on the left front wheel.
After finishing fifth in Monaco , Hamilton completed his first lead laps of the season at the Turkish Grand Prix and won the race ahead of his teammate Button. He benefited from an internal team collision between the Red Bull drivers who were just ahead of him. One race later, at the Canadian Grand Prix , another victory followed for Hamilton, which he achieved on his own starting from pole position. With this success, Hamilton took the lead in the World Drivers Championship from Webber. With two second places and a fourth place in the following three races, the McLaren driver defended the lead in the drivers' world championship up to the Hungarian Grand Prix . At the Hungaroring he had to give up due to technical problems and was not included in the classification for the first time this season. He lost the lead to Webber.
One race later, at the Belgian Grand Prix , he won his third race of the 2010 season ahead of Webber. Hamilton led the race from the first lap and coped best with the changing weather conditions. He took over the world championship leadership again, which he only kept until the next Grand Prix. In the next two races, crashes resulted in failures. In Italy he was eliminated on the first lap after a collision with Massa. At the Singapore Grand Prix , after falling behind Webber after a pit stop, he collided with him while trying to overtake his opponent and retired. In the next three races he crossed the finish line among the top five drivers and was second on the podium in Korea . With a theoretical chance of winning the title, Hamilton entered the final race, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, 24 points behind the leader Alonso . Starting from second place, he finished second. It was not enough for the title and he finished the season in fourth place with 240 points.
After a second place at the Australian Grand Prix , Hamilton was initially also in second place in Malaysia . In the second half of the race, however, he struggled with tire problems and finished in seventh place. After the race, however, because he had changed lanes too often in the duel with Alonso, he received a 20-second penalty, because of which he fell back to eighth place. In China , Hamilton finally had better tires than his opponents in the final stages. He therefore performed several overtaking maneuvers and, shortly before the end of the race, took the lead from Vettel and won the race. In the fifth race, the Spanish Grand Prix , Hamilton crossed the finish line in second place. As in China, he dueled Vettel for victory in the closing stages, but could not overtake him. In Monaco , Hamilton attracted attention due to his committed driving style and two collisions, for which he was given a drive-through penalty once and a 20-second time penalty at the end of the race. Because of insulting comments in an interview after the race, he was threatened with an FIA ban, which he was able to avert by apologizing to the race stewards. One race later, at the Canadian Grand Prix , Hamilton was eliminated after a collision with his teammate.
Hamilton's second win of the season followed at the tenth race in Germany . One race later in Hungary , Hamilton had the most leading laps. However, it was not enough to win the race, which was characterized by changing weather conditions, as a spin, a wrong strategy and a drive-through penalty caused him to drop to sixth place and finally to finish in fourth place. At the following race in Belgium , Hamilton retired after a self-inflicted collision with Kamui Kobayashi . After he collided with Massa's Ferrari at the Singapore Grand Prix as a result of a driving error, he was once again exposed to severe criticism from the paddock and the press. In Korea , he was again on the podium in second place. In the penultimate race in Abu Dhabi , Hamilton won the Grand Prix. After Vettel, who started from pole position, failed on the first lap, Hamilton led the race consistently after adjusting for pit stops. At the end of the season he finished fifth in the world championship. With 227 to 270 points he was defeated by Button, who was vice world champion, internally. This was the first time in his Formula 1 career he lost the duel against his teammate.
In 2012 , Hamilton played his sixth season for McLaren. Button was his teammate again. In the first two races in Australia and Malaysia , Hamilton took pole position and finished in third place. One race later, in China , Hamilton was moved five positions back to seventh after a gear change on the grid. In the race he again reached third place and thus took the lead in the world championship after the third race, which he lost again one race later. In qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix , Hamilton drove the fastest lap and was then instructed by his team to abort the slowdown lap in order to keep the required minimum amount of fuel in the tank. He was then disqualified because he had canceled the exit lap, which was prohibited by the regulations. Hamilton had already canceled the phase-out lap at the 2010 Canadian Grand Prix . He was allowed to start the race from last place. He reached the finish in eighth place.
At the seventh race in Canada , Hamilton finally won his first race of the season and thus took the lead in the world championship. One race later, at the European Grand Prix , he lost it again. Hamilton was in second place in the closing stages. After Raikkonen had passed him first, he found himself in a duel with Pastor Maldonado . The two touched on the penultimate lap and Hamilton had to park his car. He was ranked 19th. At the German Grand Prix , his 100th Grand Prix, Hamilton fell far behind after a puncture and was sometimes a lap behind. In this phase he managed to keep up with the times of the leading drivers and rounded back on the track against Vettel, who was in second place. One race later, at the Hungarian Grand Prix , Hamilton won from pole position. He kept Raikkonen behind him in the final phase. Two races later in Italy he won another time.
At the following Singapore Grand Prix , Hamilton retired while in the lead with a technical problem. In the week after the Grand Prix, it was announced that he would leave McLaren for the 2013 Formula 1 World Championship and that he had signed a contract with Mercedes . There he replaced Michael Schumacher . At the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix , Hamilton retired from the lead again with a technical problem. Two weeks later he won the US Grand Prix at the new Austin circuit . At the last race of the season in Brazil , Hamilton retired after a collision with Nico Hülkenberg in a duel for the lead. At the end of the season he finished fourth in the world championship and narrowly beat Button with 190 to 188 points.
Mercedes (since 2013)
Hamilton has been under contract with Mercedes in Formula 1 since the 2013 season, where he initially signed until the end of the 2015 season. He became a team-mate of Nico Rosberg . In the second race in Malaysia , Hamilton achieved his first podium finish for Mercedes with a third place. However, Rosberg, who crossed the finish line directly behind him, was informed several times by the team management not to overtake Hamilton. At the Chinese Grand Prix that followed , Hamilton achieved his first pole position as a Mercedes driver. Another podium finish followed in the race with a third place. After three races without a podium finish, Hamilton finished third again in Canada . At his home race in Great Britain , Hamilton initially led the race from pole position. After falling far behind due to a puncture, he gradually caught up and finally came in fourth. A week later in Germany , Hamilton started again from pole position. However, he lost the lead at the start and ended up fifth. In the following race, the Hungarian Grand Prix , Hamilton scored his first victory for Mercedes starting from pole position. One race later in Belgium , Hamilton started again from pole position. However, he lost the lead in the early stages. He finished in third place. Hamilton scored 189 points and finished the season in fourth place. He then prevailed internally against Rosberg, who had scored 171 points.
2014 (second world title)
In 2014 , Hamilton and Rosberg again formed the Mercedes driver duo. When the permanent Formula 1 start numbers were introduced, Hamilton chose # 44 in order to be able to display his initials on the helmet and because he had this number in karting.
At the season opener in Australia , Hamilton achieved pole position. He retired early in the race due to engine problems. Two weeks later in Malaysia , Hamilton won from pole position. At the following race in Bahrain he scored his second win of the season. He fought a duel against Rosberg, which he kept behind him throughout. At the 2014 Chinese Grand Prix , Hamilton reached pole position for the 34th time, making it the most successful British racing driver in the pole statistics. In the race, Hamilton achieved another start-to-finish victory. In the next race in Spain , Hamilton won again and took over the leadership of the world championship from his team-mate Rosberg. He lost the lead again to his team-mate at the next race in Monaco . Hamilton finished second behind Rosberg in the race. At the following Grand Prix in Canada , Hamilton retired with a brake defect. Two weeks later, Hamilton reached second place at the Austrian Grand Prix , starting from ninth position. In the following race in Great Britain he won his fifth race of the season. Two weeks later, Hamilton drove from 20th place on the grid to third place in Germany . At the next race in Hungary he started out of the pits after a technical defect in qualifying and drove up to third place again. A Grand Prix later in Belgium, Hamilton collided while in the lead with his teammate Rosberg, with Rosberg's front wing slitting his rear tire. Hamilton fell far behind and gave up shortly before the end. In the next race, the Italian Grand Prix , Hamilton fell back to fourth place starting from pole position on the first lap. During the course of the race, he passed the three drivers in front of him on the track and won the race. Two weeks later he won the Singapore Grand Prix and took the lead in the world championship again. Hamilton also won the following Grand Prix in Japan , Russia and the USA . With that he outbid Nigel Mansell and became the most successful British driver after victories. A week after the US Grand Prix, Hamilton finished second in the Brazilian Grand Prix . He put his team-mate Rosberg, who won, under constant pressure in the closing stages. Before the last race in Abu Dhabi , only Hamilton and Rosberg had a chance of the title, with Hamilton finishing second regardless of Rosberg's result. In the race, double points were awarded to the finals, a unique one in the history of Formula 1. Hamilton overtook Rosberg at the start and took the lead. After Rosberg had technical problems in the race, Hamilton reduced his pace in order to cross the finish line. Nevertheless, he decided the race for himself and achieved his eleventh win of the season. Hamilton won the world title for the second time since 2008. It was the first driver's world title with a Mercedes chassis since 1955. He scored a total of 384 points in the season, while Rosberg got 317 points.
2015 (third world title)
In 2015 , Hamilton and Rosberg stayed with Mercedes. Hamilton renounces the use of the starting number 1, which belongs to the world champion, and continues to compete with the number 44. He won the season opener in Australia starting from pole position. After finishing second in race two in Malaysia , Hamilton took further victories in China and Bahrain . In the fifth race in Spain , Hamilton finished second. In the following race in Monaco , Hamilton dominated the race starting from pole position. In a safety car phase, his team made a wrong decision and called him into the pits for another stop. As a result, Hamilton lost the lead and fell back to third place. Despite fresher tires, he was not able to overtake the Vettel driving in front of him on the narrow street course. Two weeks later, Hamilton won the Canadian Grand Prix . In Austria he finished second. He then won his home race in Great Britain . After finishing sixth in Hungary , Hamilton won the Belgian Grand Prix and the Italian Grand Prix . At the Singapore Grand Prix , Hamilton failed to qualify for the front row for the first time this season and started the race from fifth place, where he retired due to a technical defect. A week later in Japan , Hamilton took the lead at the start and won the race. He also won the Russian Grand Prix that followed . With another victory at the subsequent US Grand Prix , Hamilton secured his third win of the Formula 1 driver's title in the fourth last race of the season. After winning the title, Hamilton finished second in Mexico , Brazil and Abu Dhabi , while Rosberg won the races. Hamilton was in the championship with 381 to 322 points before Rosberg.
In 2016 , Hamilton and Rosberg formed the Mercedes driver duo again. At the season opener in Australia , Hamilton finished second, in Bahrain third and in China seventh after having engine problems in qualifying and starting from 22nd place. At the Russian Grand Prix he again took second place. A race later in Spain, Hamilton collided with Rosberg in the early stages and was eliminated. At the subsequent Monaco Grand Prix , Hamilton won his first race of the season. In contrast to all the other drivers in the top group, he used a one-stop strategy instead of a two-stop strategy. Hamilton also won the next race in Canada . After finishing fifth in the European Grand Prix , Hamilton won the Austrian Grand Prix . During the last lap of the race, he came into contact with his team-mate Rosberg in the battle for victory. Hamilton also won the subsequent races in Great Britain and Hungary . So he took the lead in the World Championships from Rosberg. One race later, at the German Grand Prix , he won again. At the following Belgian Grand Prix , Hamilton started from 21st place due to several engine penalties. In the race he moved up to third place. A week later in Italy he finished second and then third in Singapore , losing the championship lead to Rosberg, who won all three races. At the subsequent Malaysian Grand Prix , Hamilton, who was in the lead by a large margin, retired with an engine failure. A week later he finished third in Japan . After five races without a win, Hamilton won the US Grand Prix and a week later the Mexican Grand Prix . He also won the subsequent Brazilian Grand Prix . Hamilton went into the final race of the season, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, in second place in the world championship behind his teammate Rosberg . He won, but a second place was enough for Rosberg to win the title. With 380 to 385 points, Hamilton finally finished second behind Rosberg, who became world champion for the first time. Mercedes won the constructors' championship again this year.
2017 (fourth world title)
After Rosberg left Formula 1 at the end of the 2016 season, Hamilton got a new teammate for the 2017 Formula 1 World Championship at Mercedes in Valtteri Bottas . At the season opener in Australia he finished second. He then won in China . After a second and fourth place, he won the Spanish Grand Prix . He also won the Canadian Grand Prix . After two races without a podium finish, Hamilton won his home race in Great Britain . At his 200th Grand Prix in Belgium , Hamilton first achieved his 68th pole position. With that he drew level with the previously sole record holder Michael Schumacher. Then he won the race. A week later in Italy , Hamilton initially became the sole record holder with his 69th pole position. Then he took over the championship leadership with a victory. He also won the next race in Singapore . Two weeks later he finished second in the Malaysian Grand Prix and then decided the races in Japan and the USA for himself. Subsequently, a ninth place at the Mexican Grand Prix was enough for him to win the world championship early in the third last race of the season. Hamilton achieved a top 10 placement in every race and was in the end with 363 to 317 points ahead of Vettel.
2018 (fifth world title)
He finished second at the season opener in Australia , and third at the subsequent Bahrain Grand Prix . He won the fourth race in Azerbaijan and the fifth in Spain . He also won the French Grand Prix . At the Austrian Grand Prix he was eliminated for the first time after 33 finishings in a row with a fuel pressure problem and thus holds the record for most finishings in the points in a row that Kimi Raikkönen had previously with 27 arrivals. A race later in Great Britain , he finished second after falling back to the bottom of the field on the first lap. He then won the German Grand Prix starting from 14th place. He also won the Hungarian Grand Prix that followed. After the summer break that followed, Hamilton finished second in Belgium . Then he won the Italian Grand Prix , the Singapore Grand Prix , the Grand Prix of Russia and the Grand Prix of Japan . He then reached number three in the USA . A week later, fourth place at the Mexican Grand Prix was enough to win his fifth world title early. After Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher, he became the third driver to become Formula 1 world champion for the fifth time. After winning the title, Hamilton won in Brazil and Abu Dhabi and ended the season with 408 to 320 points ahead of Vettel.
2019 (sixth world title)
Hamilton is under contract with Mercedes until the end of 2020 . He started the season with a second place in Australia behind his team-mate Valtteri Bottas . At the subsequent Bahrain Grand Prix , he scored his first win of the season. Then he also won in China . He then finished second in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix . He also won in Spain , Monaco , Canada , France , Great Britain and Hungary . In Belgium , he finished second in Italy by third parties. He won the Russian Grand Prix and then came third in Japan . This was followed by a victory in Mexico . A week later, second place at the US Grand Prix was enough to win his sixth title early. He thus caught up with Michael Schumacher as the second driver with six Formula 1 world championship titles. In the following race in Brazil he was originally third. Due to a subsequent time penalty after a collision with Alexander Albon , however, he fell back to seventh place. He finished the season with a win in Abu Dhabi . With 413 points, he also exceeded the maximum number of 408 points in a season that he himself had set up the year before. He also achieved a Grand Slam by leading the entire race from pole position and also setting the fastest race lap.
2020 (seventh world title)
At the late start of the season in Austria due to the COVID-19 pandemic , the reigning world champion crossed the finish line in second behind his team-mate Valtteri Bottas. However, after an incident with Alexander Albon, he received a five-second penalty and was only classified fourth. A week later he won the Styrian Grand Prix , which was also held at the Red Bull Ring . Immediately afterwards he also triumphed in Hungary . With his eighth win there, he drew level with the previous record holder Michael Schumacher , who won the French Grand Prix in Magny-Cours eight times . As a result, Hamilton also won the next race in Great Britain . He achieved one of his most spectacular triumphs, as he completed half of the last lap with a punctured left front tire and finished 5.8 seconds ahead of Max Verstappen. It was also a first in the history of the racing series that a driver won a Grand Prix with only three intact tires. This victory was also statistically special because it set two more records: 1.) The most home win with seven. So far he has shared the best value with Frenchman Alain Prost , who won six times in France. 2.) This was his 20th start-finish victory. He surpassed Ayrton Senna , who, like Hamilton before, also had 19 start-to-finish wins. At the following Grand Prix of the 70th anniversary he came second and thus equalized Michael Schumacher's record of 155 podiums. A week later in Spain he won again, making him the sole record holder in this statistic. He then won in Belgium with another start-to-finish victory. In doing so, he surpassed another best value from Schumacher, namely that of the most lead kilometers. In qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix , on the way to pole position, he achieved the highest average speed ever driven on one lap. In the race he then led up to halfway before he drove into the pit entrance during a safety car phase, triggered by Kevin Magnussen's car that had stalled at the pit entrance, even though it was closed to recover the Haas . Hamilton previously overlooked the electronic light signals that indicated this. For this he received a ten-second stop-and-go penalty, which initially threw him to the end of the field after the restart. In the end he finished seventh and drove his 50th fastest race lap. He also set two more records: 1.) Michael Schumacher's most point placements (221). 2.) Most of the finishings in a row (41) by Nick Heidfeld . In contrast to Heidfeld, Hamilton was even in the points in all of these races. Hamilton won the immediately following Grand Prix of Tuscany . Since then, he has held the best scores for points and finishings in a row. There was controversy at the subsequent Russian Grand Prix when he received two five-second penalties. During two practice starts on the way to the starting grid, he was not in the designated area at the exit of the pit lane. In the end, he finished the race in third place. It was his 226th place in the top ten, setting Michael Schumacher's record. Since the point ranks were gradually expanded, these statistics are even more meaningful than those of the pure point placements. He took his 91st victory at the Eifel Grand Prix . He drew level with Michael Schumacher's record . He also achieved his 227th place in the top ten in this race, making him the new leader in these statistics. In Portugal he became the new record winner with his 92nd triumph . A week later he also won in Emilia-Romagna . This was his 72nd win with Mercedes, setting Michael Schumacher's best number of wins for a team that did that at Ferrari . Mercedes was in the race for the seventh consecutive constructors' world champion , which is a new record. With another win in Turkey , Hamilton secured his seventh world title ahead of time, drawing level with the previous record holder Michael Schumacher. This is his sixth world title with Mercedes, beating the record of titles for the same team previously shared with Michael Schumacher (five world championships with Ferrari). In addition, with 73 race wins for the same team, he is also the new leader in this classification. After the 14th race he has 307 points in the drivers' standings.
Hamilton's paternal grandparents came from the island of Grenada and immigrated to Great Britain in the 1950s. Lewis' father Anthony named his son after the American athlete Carl Lewis . Hamilton's half-brother Nicolas (* 1992) is also a racing driver.
Between 2007 and 2014, Hamilton was in a relationship with Nicole Scherzinger intermittently .
Since 2017, Hamilton has been vegan for reasons of environmental protection . According to Hans Braun from the German Sport University in Cologne , Hamilton has contributed to the fact that the vegan diet of athletes is increasingly becoming the focus of discussions. He reached several million people via social networks and thus drew their attention to veganism.
He is also committed to animal welfare, for example by speaking out against the trade in shark fins. He also donated $ 500,000 to support the fire brigade and volunteers in the 2019/2020 bush fires in Australia . At the same time he called for a fundraising campaign.
Hamilton has repeatedly taken positions on political and social issues, particularly on the issue of racism. After the death of George Floyd, for example, he criticized everyday racism around the world and the lack of comments from the world of motorsport, which he described as "dominated by whites". Hamilton was also positive about an anti-racism demonstration in Bristol that destroyed a statue of the slave trader Edward Colston .
On September 8, 2020, it was announced that Hamilton, as the founder of the "X44" team, will join the fully electric Extreme E racing series from 2021 . He himself does not compete as a driver, takes responsibility and organization away from the race track. The name of Hamilton's racing team is based on its number 44 in Formula 1.
In the course of the Paradise Papers it became known that Hamilton saved 20 percent VAT (around 4 million euros) in 2013 when importing a 20.3 million euro private jet ( Bombardier Challenger 605 ) from Canada into the EU via mailbox companies and tax tricks should. No illegal behavior has been proven.
Statistics in the Formula 1 World Championship
These statistics include all of the driver's participations in the Formula 1 World Championship .
Grand Prix victories
Grand Prix by number of wins
Figures in bold = record winner on this GP racetrack
As of: Turkish Grand Prix, November 15, 2020
|2007||Vodafone McLaren Mercedes||McLaren MP4-22||Mercedes-Benz 2.4 V8||17th||4th||5||3||6th||2||109||2.|
|2008||Vodafone McLaren Mercedes||McLaren MP4-23||Mercedes-Benz 2.4 V8||18th||5||2||3||7th||1||98||1.|
|2009||Vodafone McLaren Mercedes||McLaren MP4-24||Mercedes-Benz 2.4 V8||17th||2||1||2||4th||-||49||5.|
|2010||Vodafone McLaren Mercedes||McLaren MP4-25||Mercedes-Benz 2.4 V8||19th||3||5||1||1||5||240||4th|
|2011||Vodafone McLaren Mercedes||McLaren MP4-26||Mercedes-Benz 2.4 V8||19th||3||3||-||1||3||227||5.|
|2012||Vodafone McLaren Mercedes||McLaren MP4-27||Mercedes-Benz 2.4 V8||20th||4th||-||3||7th||1||190||4th|
|2013||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team||Mercedes F1 W04||Mercedes-Benz 2.4 V8||19th||1||-||4th||5||1||189||4th|
|2014||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team||Mercedes F1 W05 Hybrid||Mercedes-Benz 1.6 V6 Turbo||19th||11||3||2||7th||7th||384||1.|
|2015||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team||Mercedes F1 W06 Hybrid||Mercedes-Benz 1.6 V6 Turbo||19th||10||6th||1||11||8th||381||1.|
|2016||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team||Mercedes F1 W07 Hybrid||Mercedes-Benz 1.6 V6 Turbo||21st||10||3||4th||12||3||380||2.|
|2017||Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport||Mercedes F1 W08 EQ Power +||Mercedes-Benz 1.6 V6 Turbo||20th||9||4th||-||11||7th||363||1.|
|2018||Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport||Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power +||Mercedes-Benz 1.6 V6 Turbo||21st||11||3||3||11||3||408||1.|
|2019||Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport||Mercedes-AMG F1 W10 EQ Power +||Mercedes-Benz 1.6 V6 Turbo||21st||11||4th||2||5||6th||413||1.|
|2020||Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport||Mercedes-AMG F1 W11 EQ Performance||Mercedes-Benz 1.6 V6 Turbo||14th||10||1||1||9||6th||307||1.|
|green||-||Placement in the points|
|blue||-||Classified outside the point ranks|
|violet||DNF||Race not finished (did not finish)|
|red||DNQ||did not qualify|
|DNPQ||failed in pre-qualification (did not pre-qualify)|
|White||DNS||not at the start (did not start)|
|Light Blue||PO||only participated in the training (practiced only)|
|TD||Friday test driver|
|without||DNP||did not participate in the training (did not practice)|
|INJ||injured or sick|
|DNA||did not arrive|
|no participation in the World Cup|
|other||P / bold||Pole position|
|SR / italic||Fastest race lap|
|*||not at the finish,
but counted due to the distance covered
|underlined||Leader in the overall standings|
- most world titles: 7 (2008, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
- most world titles with the same team: 6 (2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020) ( Mercedes )
- most Grand Prix victories: 94
- most pole positions: 97
- most front row starts: 157
- most wins from pole position: 57
- most wins with the same team: 73 (Mercedes)
- most cited races: 161
- most guide kilometers: 25,575.091
- highest average speed on one lap: 264.363 km / h (qualifying for the 2020 Italian Grand Prix)
- most wins in a debut season: 4
- Most double team successes: 60 (including 41 wins for Hamilton)
- Most double victories by teammates: 31 (with Nico Rosberg, including 20 wins for Hamilton)
- most pole positions in a debut season: 6
- most podiums: 163
- most podiums in a debut season: 12
- most podiums in one season: 17 (2015, 2016, 2018, 2019)
- most podiums at the same Grand Prix in a row: 7 (Great Britain Grand Prix 2014-2020)
- most podiums in a row on the same track: 8 (Silverstone Circuit)
- most points in a debut season: 109
- youngest driver to lead the Formula 1 World Championship: 22 years, 4 months, 8 days (2007 Bahrain Grand Prix)
- most consecutive podiums from race one: 9 (2007 Australian Grand Prix to 2007 British Grand Prix)
- most races in a row led at least one lap: 18 (Hungarian Grand Prix 2014 to Great Britain Grand Prix 2015)
- most races in a season led at least one lap: 19 (2019)
- most consecutive seasons from debut with at least one win: 14 (2007-2020)
- most consecutive seasons from debut with at least one pole position: 14 (2007-2020)
- most consecutive seasons in total with at least one pole position: 14 (2007-2020)
- Most victories in one calendar month: 4 (Grand Prix of Austria to Grand Prix of Germany in July 2016)
- most start-finish victories: 22
- most placements in the points (absolute): 227
- most placements in the top ten (absolute): 230
- most places in the points in a row: 47 (Great Britain Grand Prix 2018 to Turkey Grand Prix 2020)
- Most consecutive finishings: 47 (2018 British Grand Prix to 2020 Turkey Grand Prix)
- most finishings in one season: 21 (2019)
- most finishings in points during a season: 21 (2019)
- Most World Cup points: 3738
- Most World Cup points when converted to the 2010 system: 4076
- most points in one season: 413 (2019)
- most pole positions at different Grand Prix: 27
- most victories at different Grand Prix: 28
- most victories on different tracks: 29
- most pole positions in the same GP: 8 (Australian Grand Prix)
- most victories at the same Grand Prix: 8 (Hungarian Grand Prix)
- most pole positions with the same team: 71 (Mercedes)
- most Grand Slams in one season: 3 (2017)
- most starts in a row: 264
- Together with Michael Schumacher
- Together with Jacques Villeneuve (1996).
- Together with Michael Schumacher (2002) and Sebastian Vettel (2011).
- Together with Michael Schumacher (Grand Prix of Canada 2000-2006), Ayrton Senna (Grand Prix of Hungary 1986-1992) and Sebastian Vettel (Grand Prix of Japan 2009-2015).
- Together with Daniel Ricciardo (2016).
- Together with Ayrton Senna (Grand Prix of San Marino) and Michael Schumacher (Grand Prix of Japan).
- Together with Michael Schumacher (Grand Prix of France).
- Together with Alberto Ascari (1952), Jim Clark (1963, 1965) and Nigel Mansell (1992).
- 2007 GQ as " Man of the Year "
- 2007 Golden Steering Wheel
- 2008 Laureus World Sports Award in the Breakthrough of the Year category (for 2007)
- 2008 Bambi in the special jury category
- 2014 FIA Personality of the Year
- 2014 British Sportsman of the Year
- 2014 European Sportsman of the Year (PAP)
- 2018 Gazzetta World Sportsman of the Year
- 2020 World Sportsman of the Year
- Autosport British Club Driver of the Year: 2003
- Autosport Rookie of the Year: 2006, 2007
- Autosport British Competition Driver of the Year: 2007, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017
- Autosport International Racing Driver Award: 2007, 2008, 2014, 2015, 2017
- Lorenzo Bandini Trophy: 2010
- DHL Fastest Lap Award : 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019
- Driver of the season: 2014, 2015, 2016
- Best Driver ESPY Award: 2017
- BBC Sports Personality of the Year : 2014
- Because there were different point systems in Formula 1, a different number of drivers scored points in a race. While only the first five received them from 1950-1959, it was the first six from 1960-2002. Starting in 2003, places seven and eight were also awarded points. The last change so far was in 2010, when the point scale was expanded to the first ten. An overview of the previous point distributions can be found under Formula 1 .
- Since the point ranks were gradually expanded, these statistics are even more meaningful than those of the point placements. Here, too, Hamilton has been the sole leader in front of Michael Schumacher (226) since his victory in the 2020 Eifel Grand Prix.
- See note above.
- In the history of the Formula 1 World Championship there were different point systems. While a victory in 1950 was rewarded with 8 points, there have been 25 points per victory since the 2010 season and a sixth place, which did not bring any points in 1950, equals 8 points. The statistics of the points actually scored are therefore very skewed. If you convert all the points into the scheme that has been used by the FIA since 2010, Hamilton has also been in first place in these statistics since the 2020 Spanish Grand Prix (see also Formula 1 statistics ).
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|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Hamilton, Lewis Carl Davidson (full name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||British racing car driver|
|DATE OF BIRTH||7th January 1985|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Stevenage , Hertfordshire , England|