After securing his 7th Driver's Championship title and becoming the most successful F1 driver we take a look at Lewis Hamilton's career highlights so far.
Hamilton started his F1 career in 2007 with McLaren debuting at the Australian GP. His first season saw him partner with defending World Champion Fernando Alonso, even though he was a tough rival Hamilton earned a podium on his first race and went on to finish second overall in the 2007 season.
The brilliant rookie season put him in a strong position the following year when, after a dramatic race finish at the Brazilian GP, he earned his first world title by beating Ferarri's Felipe Massa by one point. This made him the first British driver to win the title since Damon Hill in 1996.
The following years he spent at McLaren saw him only reach fourth highest in the championship and 2011 was the first time he was out-scored by a teammate, as Jenson Button finished runner-up to champion Sebastian Vettel. It was during the 2012 season that Hamilton announced he would be moving away from McLaren to Mercedes, where he would replace legendary driver Michael Schumacher.
The move to Mercedes in 2013 was a surprising one to many fans of the sport as the team had not had a lot of success in recent years. Teaming up with childhood teammate Nico Rosberg the sport saw an intense rivalry between the two during their time together at Mercedes. In 2013 the team struggled and Hamilton only scored one race win at the Hungarian GP, but with the new hybrid era beginning in 2014, there were changes for all the teams in the sport.
In the new era Mercedes became dominant and Lewis Hamilton scored his second and third championships in 2014 and 2015 respectively. The rivalry between him and teammate Rosberg intensified and in 2016, despite recording more pole positions and race wins than any other driver, Hamilton lost the drivers' title by five points to his teammate.
Following Rosberg's retirement from Formula 1 Mercedes brought Valtteri Bottas on board, Hamilton proved his skill once again and earned his fourth world title. In 2018 it was the first time that two four-time world champions, Hamilton and Vettel, would be competing for a fifth title, it was a brilliant battle between the two drivers but in the end, Hamilton earned his fifth title and became the most successful Britsih driver in F1 history.
Since then his title win in 2019 and his newest one in 2020 have put him on equal footing with Michael Schumacher in terms of world titles, but in all other regards, Lewis Hamilton breaks the records and is the most successful driver in Formula 1 history. See his full stats below.