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Lewis Hamilton: 7-Time F1 World Champion


F1  •  7 Sept, 2023  •  21,538 Views  •  ⭐ 5.0

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When one talks about the titans of Formula 1 racing, Lewis Hamilton's name undoubtedly stands tall among the greats. From his electrifying rookie debut to holding seven World Drivers' Championship titles, Hamilton has set and broken records, changed the face of racing, and inspired countless fans around the globe. Let's delve into his illustrious journey, championship by championship. Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton's foray into racing began as a mere 8-year-old kart racer. The world watched in awe as this young Brit quickly climbed the ranks, soon making his mark in the prestigious world of Formula 1 racing.

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2008: The First Taste of Victory

F1 Gold | Revisiting the 2008 British GP when Lewis Hamilton won by a  massive 68 seconds | Life
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Team: McLaren-Mercedes
In his sophomore season, Hamilton showcased his sheer prowess by clinching his first world title. The climax in Brazil, where he managed to overtake Timo Glock — who was struggling on worn-out dry tires on a damp track — in the dying moments, is remembered as one of the most thrilling conclusions to a championship. He won by a mere point, outclassing Ferrari's Felipe Massa.

2014 & 2015: The Mercedes Dominance Begins

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes dominance 'not healthy for F1' - Eurosport
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Team: Mercedes-AMG Petronas
Hamilton's move to Mercedes bore fruit as he took consecutive titles in 2014 and 2015, during the onset of the hybrid power unit era. The Mercedes team showed its sheer dominance, and Hamilton, outpacing his teammate Nico Rosberg, became the face of this winning era.

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2017: A Triumphant Return

Lewis Hamilton 2017 F1 world championship won in a 'horrible way'
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Team: Mercedes-AMG Petronas
After a narrow miss in 2016, Hamilton was back in form, claiming his fourth championship title. Facing his primary challenger, Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, and his own teammate Valtteri Bottas, Hamilton's 9 race wins underlined his championship caliber.

2018: The Ferrari Challenge

Lewis Hamilton overcomes Ferrari challenge to win Mexican Grand Prix -  India Today
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Team: Mercedes-AMG Petronas
While Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari posed a significant threat, Hamilton's resilience shone through. He clinched his fifth title, validating Mercedes' continued dominance and his own unmatched racing mettle.

2019: The Consistent Champion

Lewis Hamilton officially crowned 2019 F1 champion at FIA gala | F1 News
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Team: Mercedes-AMG Petronas
Hamilton's sixth title showcased his uncanny consistency. Even with the rising potential of Ferrari, especially with Charles Leclerc, Hamilton's 11 race victories ensured that he maintained a significant lead, leaving competitors trailing in his wake.

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2020: Breaking Records in a Pandemic

Records Lewis Hamilton could smash in 2020 Formula 1 season | Radio Times
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Team: Mercedes-AMG Petronas
In a year marred by global challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which affected the season with a shortened calendar, back-to-back races, and the introduction of new circuits, Hamilton’s spirit remained unbroken. Claiming his seventh title, he matched the legendary Michael Schumacher's record for most championship wins. Notably, he surpassed Schumacher's record for most Grand Prix wins, making 2020 a landmark year in his career.

Conclusion

Lewis Hamilton's journey from a karting enthusiast to a seven-time World Drivers' Championship titleholder is nothing short of awe-inspiring. While records and titles provide tangible evidence of his greatness, Hamilton's impact transcends numbers. His advocacy for diversity, his determination, and his unwavering spirit continue to inspire racing enthusiasts and casual followers alike. As the Formula 1 saga continues, one thing is clear: the Lewis Hamilton story is one for the ages.


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