Team Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
Nationality British
Date of Birth 07 Jan 1985
F1 Debut Australia 2007 with McLaren Mercedes
F1 Team McLaren, Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton

In Singapore

Hamilton in Singapore:

2008 McLaren: qualified 2nd, finished 3rd
2009 McLaren: qualified on pole and won the race
2010 McLaren: qualified 3rd, did not finish
2011 McLaren: qualified 4th, finished 5th
2012 McLaren: qualified on pole, did not finish
2013 Mercedes: qualified 5th, finished 5th
2014 Mercedes: qualified 1st, finished 1st
2015 Mercedes: qualified 5th, did not finish
2016 Mercedes: qualified 3rd, finished 3rd

Can anyone stop Hamilton in 2017?

Lewis Hamilton's move from his boyhood team McLaren to Mercedes in 2013 raised eyebrows but it proved to be the right decision as the Briton clinched back-to-back world titles in 2014 and 2015.

Last year, the British driver won ten races and scored 12 pole positions – the most of any driver – but he still lost out to his teammate Nico Rosberg.

Although Hamilton had the speed, he sometimes struggled with race starts, which cost him positions, and he endured a series of unfortunate reliability problems. These mechanical issues – the most dramatic of which was the engine failure Hamilton suffered while leading in Malaysia – meant he dropped a large chunk of points and Rosberg did just enough to deny him the crown.

Hamilton's third championship in 2015 meant he has matched his hero Ayrton Senna's haul of world titles. Although that meant he achieved one of his dream ambitions in life, he is clearly determined to win back the title he felt was taken from him in 2016.