Lewis Hamilton's Most Underrated Victories
Hamilton has won a staggering 92 races in Formula One, but which of these are often forgotten when discussing his greatest triumphs?
Sunday's Portuguese Grand Prix was a landmark moment in the history of F1. Michael Schumacher's seemingly unassailable tally of 91 victories was beaten by Lewis Hamilton, to help further cement the six-time World Champion's claim of being the greatest driver in the history of the sport. It's difficult to keep track of Hamilton's many wins, however here are some incredible victories that do not get the praise they deserve.
Japan 2007- Win #4
This was Hamilton's first ever win in Asia. He has gone on to win 25 times on the continent.
When considering all of Hamilton's magnificent wet weather drives, there is only usually one race in the conversation, the 2008 British Grand Prix. However, the 2007 Japanese Grand Prix at The Fuji Speedway was an equally as impressive performance from the British driver in very tough conditions. Hamilton snatched pole from teammate Fernando Alonso in the final moments on a drying track. Sunday's race was even more tricky. Due to the treacherous conditions, the opening 19 laps were ran behind the safety car. With many drivers falling victim to spins and crashes, including Hamilton's title rival Alonso, the young rookie kept his cool to win his first ever race in wet conditions- even managing to survive a collision with Robert Kubica.
Canada 2012- Win #18
Hamilton shares the record with Schumacher for the most wins in Canada.
The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve appears to be a track where Hamilton excels. He has won an incredible seven times at the track, including in 2007 where he won his first ever grand prix. However, 2012 saw the Stevenage born driver's best victory in Montreal. It was a race all about tyres, as Hamilton duelled with the Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel and the Ferrari of Alonso. The Brit was leading the race but the Spaniard was quickly eating into Hamilton's advantage, until McLaren decided to pit their driver, putting him behind both the Red Bull and the Ferrari. However, the fresh rubber gave Hamilton a considerable advantage of his rivals, who he easily passed in the closing stages to take his first win of the season.
USA 2015- #Win 43
The Circuit of the Americas is the second venue in the USA that Lewis Hamilton has been victorious at, also winning at Indianapolis back in 2007.
Hamilton wrapped up his third World Championship at the Circuit of the America's back in 2015 during a race of changeable conditions. The Englishman famously pushed teammate Nico Rosberg off the track at the first corner to take the lead. However, due to the drying track and strategy, Hamilton found himself behind the Red Bull's of Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat, as well as Rosberg. The Mercedes made quick work of the Red Bull's before a late mistake by the German allowed Hamilton to swoop past and wrap up the World Championship three races earlier than he had done in 2014.
Italy 2018- Win #68
The 2018 Italian Grand Prix was Hamilton's fifth win at Monza.
The Mercedes driver took a dogged victory in front of a raucous Monza crowd. Despite starting third, behind both Ferrari's, Hamilton proved why he is one of the best wheel-to-wheel racers in history. After an audacious move on the opening lap around Vettel sent the German spinning, Hamilton set his sights on race leader Kimi Raikkonen. The two former McLaren drivers enjoyed a sensational battle for the lead, which eventually saw Hamilton take the lead and the race victory, with an impressive move by the record pole-sitter down at the first chicane being the highlight.
Singapore 2018- Win #69
The Brit has secured all of Mercedes' victories in Singapore.
Hamilton has mastered the art of converting pole to a race victory, a skill he has demonstrated on 56 occasions. He also holds the record for pole positions, being the fastest man in qualifying a whopping 97 times. However, Hamilton's Singapore pole lap in 2018 is arguably one of the greatest qualifying performances in history, setting a lap six-tenths of a second faster than his teammate Valtteri Bottas. Sunday was a similar story, with Hamilton dominating to push him towards a fifth World Championship.
Styria 2020- Win #85
Despite winning 92 times, Hamilton has not won a season opening grand prix since 2015, when he took victory in Melbourne.
Another example of Hamilton's supreme wet weather talent was showcased at this years Styrian Grand Prix. The previous weekends disappointment, also at the Red Bull Ring, didn't seem to phase the 35-year-old. Hamilton took a dominant pole position by over a second in very slippery conditions, which caught many other drivers out. As ever, Hamilton didn't look back from pole and went on to win the race, finishing 13 seconds ahead of Bottas and securing his first win of the season.