Lewis Hamilton is undoubtedly one of the greatest Formula One drivers of not our times, but ever since its inception. The triple time world champion Briton races for Mercedes-AMG F1 team and has been a controversial figure due to his flamboyant personality. That said, he is a competitive sportsman and known for his grit on the track. Lewis Hamilton is all set to create a milestone by racing in his 200th race at the F1 this weekend.
The Belgium GP will also see him competing against Sebastian Vettel, his arch rival, both of whom are fighting for the numero uno position for the 2017 season. As Hamilton hits the track this Sunday to race in his 200th race, here’s a few milestones he has created in his 10 year long racing history and some of them are really fascinating. Here are some key numbers and milestones in his career:
- Lewis Hamilton’s first race was the season-opening Australian Grand Prix held on March 18, 2007. It was a promising debut for Hamilton, who won the third position, after leading the race for four laps. The race marked the presence of the Briton in the racing circuits.
- Lewis Hamilton won four races in his debut season, a record he shares with Canadian Jacques Villeneuve (1996).
- Lewis Hamilton has won a total of three world championships, making him the only Briton apart from Jackie Stewart to win triple world championships. The only driver to currently race in F1 and win this many championships is Sebastian Vettel, who has won 4 world titles, all racing for the Red Bull Racing.
- Native to Britain, Lewis Hamilton has won 5 home British Grand Prix wins (2008, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017).
- Debuting in 2007, Hamilton won his very first race on June 10, 2007 at the Canadian Grand Prix, just six races into his career. This makes him only the second fastest driver after Villeneuve, who won his fourth race, making him the fastest driver to win a Formula One race in the modern era.
- Hamilton’s first big accident also came in his first season on July 22, 2007, the Nürburgring in European Grand Prix qualifying. The Briton's car smashed into the wall and he was taken to hospital on a stretcher. That was also the first race in which he failed to finish on the podium.
- The 2007 is the 11th season of Hamilton and he has won races in every one of them, making him the only one to do so.
- The first title win for Hamilton came in the second season after 35 races. On Nov. 2, 2008, racing at the Brazilian GP, Hamilton finished fifth, beating the local favorite Felipe Massa by a single point, making him the youngest champion at the age of 23.
- Lewis Hamilton has won 57 races in 199 starts.
- Lewis Hamilton has won 110 podiums so far.
- Lewis Hamilton won 34 races and 40 poles in his 150 races. At this stage of his career, Schumacher managed 48 wins with 37 poles.
- As we are drafting this story, Lewis Hamilton took his 68th pole position at the Belgium Grand Prix, equalling Michael Schumacher's all-time record of 68. Schumacher’s wife and PR manager has congratulated Hamilton on this feat.
- On 27th August 2017, Lewis Hamilton will start his 200th race, making him the most experienced driver to start the race.
All eyes will be on Lewis Hamilton this Sunday and we will bring you the race analysis post race, so stay tuned.