Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton

Born: 7 January 1985 in Stevenage (England)
Website: www.lewishamilton.com
Twitter: @lewishamilton
Facebook: LewisHamilton
F1 involvement: Mercedes driver

GP2 Series statistics

Seasons entered: 1
Races entered: 21
Races started: 21
Podiums: 14
Fastest laps: 7
Best qualifying result: 1st (x1)
Best feature race result: 1st (x3)
Best sprint race result: 1st (x2)
Best championship position: 1st (2006)
Points: 114

Season-by-season

2006 (ART)

Lewis Hamilton 2006 GP2 Helmet - Right Side

Races entered: 21
Races started: 21
Podiums: 14
Fastest laps: 7
Best qualifying result: 1st (x1)
Best feature race result: 1st (x3)
Best sprint race result: 1st (x2)
Championship position: 1st
Points: 114

Having dominated Formula 3 with 15 wins out of 20 races with ASM in 2005, Hamilton moved to GP2 with ASM’s sister team, ART. He impressed by taking second on his début, but he was disqualified from the following feature race for passing the Safety Car, which prevented him from scoring in race 2. At the Nurburgring, he became the second driver after Nico Rosberg two win both races, and he also scored the fastest lap in race 1. He repeated the feat at his home round in Silverstone, scoring both fastest laps, but in the meanwhile he won from pole at Monaco and added another 2nd place from the Spanisn round in Barcelona. After a bad weekend at Magny-Cours he went twice on the podium at the Hockenheimring, and finished 2nd in the Hungarian sprint race. At Istanbul Park, Hamilton finished second on Saturday and put in a brilliant recovery to repeat the result on Sunday after a spin left him 18th. A double podium in Monza wrapped up his season, and he clinched the title at the penultimate race after being handed the extra point for fastest lap which was stripped from Pantano, who won both home races. His closest rival, nelson Piquet Jr., was 12 points behind him with 4 wins to Hamilton’s 5. Alexandre Premat’s third place in the standings with one win eased ART towards the teams’ title.

After GP2

Hamilton graduated to Formula 1 in 2006 with McLaren, partnering two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso. Hamilton scored nine consecutive podium finishes from his début, including two wins from pole in his sixth and seventh Grands Prix. Two further wins at the Hungaroring and at Fuji put him in a solid lead in the championship; however, a mistake in Shanghai allowed Kimi Raikkonen back in the hunt, and in the final race Hamilton was riddled with problems and languished to 7th, which allowed Raikkonen to win the title by one point on Hamilton and Alonso.

Hamilton started 2008 by winning and added four other wins before he took the title at the last race in similar circumstances to those which had betrayed him one year before. This time Massa won the race to take the title, but Hamilton overtook Glock to take the 5th place he needed to keep himself one point ahead of the Brazilian and be crowned World Champion.

McLaren struggled in 2009 but when the car improved Hamilton scored four poles and two wins, finishing 5th. He finished 4th in 2010 although he was a matematically contender in the final round of the season. In 2011 he was beaten by team mate Button as he had several incidents, especially with Massa; he added another three wins to his tally and finished 5th.

4 wins in 2012 were less than Hamilton deserved as he was hit by mechanical unreliability on his McLaren, especially when leading or amongst the front-runners. Three times he retired having started from pole, and finished the season 4th.

He moved to Mercedes in 2013, replacing Schumacher, in a well-timed moved as McLaren, who hired Perez as Hamilton’s replacement, struggled. He took one win, four 3rd places and five poles, whilst his team mate Rosberg, who was his team mate in karting in 2000 and 2001 as well, took two wins, three poles and two more podiums.

In 2014 Mercedes found themselves miles ahead of their rivals and theri drivers were the only realistic contenders. Hamilton won eleven races to Rosberg’s five, but scored less poles, and the German’s consistency paired with misfortunes on the Briton’s side meant both were in fight for the title at the last round. Rosberg lost the lead of the race to Hamilton, and with slim hopes left he suffered a mechanical failure which left him out of the points, and Hamilton could celebrate his second drivers’ World Championship.

2015 was a season of domination for Hamilton, but once the title was sealed the final three wins went to Rosberg. The German started 2016 with four wins and eventually beat Hamilton by finishing second to him in the final four races, despite the Briton winning ten races to Rosberg’s two.

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