Sir Lewis Hamilton’s F1 career visualised in five charts

Since his debut in 2007, Sir Lewis Hamilton has set or broken many records in Formula One. Umar Hassan visualises the seven-time F1 World Champion’s career in the championship.

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Sir Lewis Hamilton has set or broken many records in Formula One since making his debut as a rookie in 2007.

The Stevenage driver has won at least one or more Grand Prix in every season he’s competed in, despite racing for two teams in his F1 career, McLaren and Mercedes.

How did Formula One’s first and only Black driver come from his modest upbringing to become one of the sport’s all-time greats?

When it comes to most Grand Prix victories in Formula One, Hamilton leads Michael Schumacher (91 wins), a fellow seven-time World Champion by eight wins with 99.

The majority of Hamilton’s race wins have come at Mercedes, where he has won 78 Grand Prix races since joining the team from McLaren in 2013.

In his debut F1 season, Hamilton claimed his first F1 win on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec, Canada at the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix.

Hamilton’s last race win came at the 2021 British Grand Prix, where he went on to win at Silverstone for the eighth time in his career.

With 99 Grand Prix wins in 277 starts, Hamilton has won more than one in every three races he has started in his career.

The races Hamilton has historically done well is in Canada, Great Britain and Hungary where he has won those three Grand Prix eight times.

Whereas with Michael Schumacher, the German has won almost one in every three races despite having 29 more race starts than Hamilton with 306 and 91 Grand Prix victories.

Sebastian Vettel, who has had a rivalry with Hamilton since the 2010’s has won one in every five races he’s started in his F1 career.

The 34-year-old has a lower win percentage compared with Hamilton as his last win came at Singapore in 2019 for Ferrari.

In his F1 career, Hamilton has finished on the podium in more than three in every five races he’s started.

The year he almost won his first World Title in 2007 for McLaren, nearly three in every four race starts were converted into a podium result.

When Hamilton joined Mercedes in 2013, the number of podium finishes for the Briton increased from more than one in every four races to over four in every five races for the 2014 F1 season.

From 2018 to 2020, Hamilton averaged a podium finish for more than four in every five races he started in those three F1 seasons.

Hamilton could be on the verge of setting another record in his F1 career by becoming the first driver to win 100 Grand Prix races if he wins in Belgium this weekend.

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