Lewis Hamilton: Six Of The Best As World Champion Eyes 100 Wins
Muhammad Rameez 2 months ago Thu 29th July 2021 | 10:10 AM
- #1: Canadian GP, 2007 - The then 22-year-old Hamilton set a record with podium places in his first nine Formula one races.
He started with a third and then four second places.
It was a breakthrough in more than one sense as Hamilton became Formula One's first Black winner.
"This is history," he said after the race.
- #7: British GP, 2008 - Hamilton re-ignited his charge for his first drivers' title with a dominating drive in the wet at Silverstone.
Hamilton started fourth on the grid, splashed through to second by the first corner and took first from team-mate Heikki Kovalainen on lap five.
Kovalainen spun. Mark Webber spun. Felipe Massa spun five times. David Coulthard and Sebastian Vettel collided and retired.
"If I go any slower, I'll lose concentration," he replied.
He won by 1min 8.6sec after lapping everyone except second-place Nick Heidfeld and Kimi Raikkonen.
Hamilton slipped past in the run to the first corner and then defended his lead for 57 laps.
Hamilton pulled away but a safety car allowed Rosberg to cut the gap and launch a late assault.
Despite qualifying only 14th, he was up to fifth by lap 14.
Then it began to rain.
"I knew there was the possibility to win when it started to rain," said Hamilton.
Suddenly he was three seconds a lap faster than anyone else.
But they made a mess of the first tyre change. With Valtteri Bottas stuck in the pit, Hamilton heard "Stay out!" over the radio as he entered the lane. Hamilton swerved across the grass and back on to the track, a manoeuvre that put him in the lead when racing restarted.
It earned him only a reprimand from stewards to the fury of rivals.
With two laps to go and Hamilton complaining that his tyres had gone, Verstappen tried to pass on the chicane. Hamilton refused to yield and deftly positioned his car to minimise the inevitable collision. He held on to win by 2.6sec.
"That was the hardest race I think I've had," said Hamilton. "I was fighting with the spirit of Niki." - #99: British GP, 2021 - The victory that took him within one of the century and revived a flagging season had all the Hamilton elements: astute tactics, accomplished driving, an aggressive determination to remain the alpha dog and furious accusations from rivals.
Hamilton entered the race losing ground in the championship to the faster Red Bulls. He ended it back in the title hunt.
Hamilton served a 10-second penalty, then hunted down Charles Leclerc to grab an eighth home victory before his adoring home fans.