|Team||Mercedes AMG Petronas|
|Date of Birth||07 Jan 1985|
|F1 Debut||Australia 2007 with McLaren Mercedes|
|F1 Team||McLaren, Mercedes|
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
Will 2016 be three-in-a-row for Hamilton?
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, Hamilton won 10 of the 19 races, leading the championship from start to finish to beat his teammate Nico Rosberg for the second successive year. The championship was decided at the US Grand Prix, with three races to spare, as Hamilton repulsed Rosberg’s end-of-year pole position streak with some robust driving on the first lap in Japan and America to seal the title.
Hamilton led from the off as he won three of the first four races of the year and took 11 pole positions throughout the season to Rosberg’s seven. The Briton only finished off the podium on two occasions all year in what was a dominant title defence.
It followed a close title fight between the two Mercedes teammates in 2014 where a combination of bad luck and unreliability meant the championship went down to the wire, but Hamilton triumphed in the double-points finale in Abu Dhabi.
Hamilton’s third championship means he has matched his hero Ayrton Senna’s haul of world titles. Will the double world champion win again in 2016 and go onto join Juan Manuel Fangio, Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel as the only drivers to win three championships in succession?