Triple world champion Lewis Hamilton will start his 200th Formula One race in Belgium on Sunday. The following looks at some key numbers and milestones in his career: – – – –
1 – March 18, 2007. Hamilton made his debut at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix and finished third, after having also led the race for four laps.
3 – The number of championships Hamilton has won. Jackie Stewart is Britain’s only other triple world champion.
4 – Hamilton took four wins in his debut season, a record he shares with Canadian Jacques Villeneuve (1996).
5 – British Grand Prix wins (2008, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017).
6 – June 10, 2007. Hamilton’s first pole position and win came in Canada, six races into his career. The only other driver in Formula One’s modern era to enjoy success so soon was Villeneuve, who won his fourth race.
10 – July 22, 2007. Hamilton’s first big accident came in race 10 at the Nuerburgring in European Grand Prix qualifying, the Briton’s car smashing into the tyre wall. He was taken away on a stretcher and to hospital for scans. That was also the first race in which he failed to finish on the podium.
11 – Hamilton is now in his 11th season. He has won races in every one of them, an achievement no other driver has managed.
35 – November 2, 2008. Hamilton took his first title after 35 races, finishing fifth in Brazil to beat local favourite Felipe Massa by a single point. At the time, aged 23, he was the youngest champion.
37 – The number of career fastest laps to date.
44 – Hamilton’s chosen racing number.
50 – October 23, 2016. Hamilton chalked up his 50 race wins at the U.S. Grand Prix in Austin.
57 – The number of races Hamilton has won in 199 starts.
67 – July 15, 2017. Hamilton took his 67th pole position at the British Grand Prix, leaving him one away from equalling Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of 68.
100 – July 22, 2012. Hamilton reached his 100th grand prix start at Hockenheim, the German Grand Prix. He qualified eighth and failed to finish, retiring his McLaren after 56 laps with gearbox damage.
110 – The number of podiums Hamilton has had so far.
150 – March 29, 2015. Hamilton’s 150th race was at the Malaysian Grand Prix. He started on pole but finished second, behind German Sebastian Vettel. At this stage of his career, he had 34 wins and 40 poles. Schumacher managed 48 wins in his first 150 races, with 37 poles.
200 – August 27, 2017. The Belgian Grand Prix will be his 200th race.