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The biography of Lewis Hamilton F1 racer (Part 4)

Hamilton was Massa narrow by Massa to 1 point in GP Italia (Hamilton to 7, Massa to 6) but increased the gap to 7 points in Singapore (Massa had an error in the pit). The following race in Japan, both Hamilton and Massa were penalized for running through the pitlane.

Hamilton was penalized for driving Raikkonen off the racetrack in the starting phase, while Massa was penalized for causing an accident for Hamilton. The result of Hamilton only came in 12th, so there was no point and Massa narrowed the gap to 5 points (Massa returned to 7).

In the last 2 races, each driver has 1 victory (Hamilton won in GP China and Massa won in Brazil). Particularly in GP Brasil, Hamilton can only regain the championship from Massa thanks to Timo Glock’s pass in the final round.

2009 season – the most difficult period of his career

The intense competition of Mclaren and Ferrari in the 2007 and 2008 seasons makes these two teams not be the best prepared when the law changes from 2009 (Two Brawn GP teams (formerly Honda and later Mercedes and Redbull are the most beneficial teams).

In the second half of the season, McLaren made groundbreaking improvements so Hamilton won 2 victories (in Hungary and Singapore) and 3 times on another podium (GP Europe, Japan, Brazil). But he also had to give up twice in Belgium and Abu Dhabi.

2010 Season – shine in the middle of the season

In 2010, Mclaren continued to recruit another defending champion for himself, Jenson Button. Hamilton was outnumbered by his new team-mates early in the season when he failed to win the first six races and Button won two races in Australia and China.

He continued to win the favorite race in Canada, despite being fined $ 10,000 for a foul in the qualifying round, to rise to the top of the rankings. After that, there were 2 consecutive runner-ups in Valencia (European GP) and England.

Hamilton kept the leading position in the rankings to the German GP (finished fourth) before losing it to Mark Webber in the Hungarian GP (giving up due to gearbox failure).

After the summer break, Lewis Hamilton regained the top spot by winning the Spa. But it was also his final victory in the 2010 season. Two accidents in the following two stages (Italy and Singapore) made him fall to 3rd place in the rankings after Webber and Alonso. By the end of the season, the strong rise of Sebastian Vettel pushed Hamilton down to 4th place.

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The biography of Lewis Hamilton F1 racer (Part 3)

In this first season, Hamilton has 2 more victories in Hungary and Japan. With 4 victories, Hamilton leveled Jacques Villeneuve’s record of the number of races won by a rookie driver. Besides, he also set the record as the rookie rider won the most pole (6 times), the rookie rider won the most points (109 points).

The second impression of Lewis Hamilton’s first F1 season was the conflict with teammate Fernando Alonso. The tension started from the Monaco GP, after the race, Hamilton responded to the press suggesting that Mclaren forced him to give up (team order) to Alonso at that race even though Mclaren denied (at that time Team order was officially is considered invalid).

But then, the atmosphere in McLaren went on in favor of Hamilton. The tension between the two riders culminated in the Hungarian GP. Alonso has deducted 5 steps when starting because of a deliberate mistake that prevented Hamilton in Q3.

At the end of the season, Fernando Alonso had to end his contract early and return to the old Renault team.

In the last part of the article, we had a look at the biography of Lewis Hamilton from 2001 to 2007. And in 2008, he won the championship for the first time.

2008 – being the champion for the first time

Lewis Hamilton continued to maintain his peak form in the 2008 season. This time, his main opponent is not Raikkonen or Alonso but Felipe Massa. Despite winning less than the opponent (5 vs. 6), Hamilton is still 1 point more than the opponent to win the world for the first time.

Hamilton won at the first race of the season (GP of Australia), then he was Raikkonen took the lead in 3 races. By the Monaco race, with a victory, Hamilton regained the leading position and maintained until the end of the season. In the second half of the season, Hamilton won three more races in England, Germany, and China.

Hamilton and Raikkonen continued to have significant collisions in Belgium GP. The British driver was fined 25 seconds for illegally crossing Raikkonen, so he lost the victory to Massa even though he went to the podium to receive the trophy. This was Massa’s second consecutive victory, putting him to No. 1 in Ferrari during the decisive phase of the season.

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The biography of Lewis Hamilton F1 racer (Part 2)

2001-2005: Professional racing in young tournaments

Lewis Hamilton started racing big events at the age of 16. He races for Manor Motorsport in Formula Renault and Formula 3 in England.

By 2004, Hamilton competed in larger races, Formula 3 Euro Series, Macau Grand Prix, or Master of Formula 3.

In 2005, Lewis Hamilton left the Manor team to join AMS Formule 3. During this period, Hamilton achieved remarkable achievements including winning the Formula Renault 2.0 UK 2003 (winning 10/15 stages), winning Formula 3 Euro Series 2005 (winning 15/20 stages), and winning Master of Formula 3 2005.

2006: racing GP2 series

Hamilton’s road to F1 became more and more convenient when he was recruited by the ART Grand Prix team to race for the GP2 Series, which is considered the F1 youth tournament. Lewis Hamilton won the championship this season (won 5/21 stages). He has won several opponents that will meet again in F1 such as Nelson Piquet Jr, Timo Glock, or Vitali Petrov.

Thanks to a contract from a young age and the development in the right direction, Hamilton is a rare driver who did not have to go through the test driving period in McLaren.

2007: contradicting Fernando Alonso

He and Fernando Alonso were chosen by Mclaren to replace Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard. Right from the first races, Lewis Hamilton showed no match at the time with Fernando Alonso – the current F1 champion at that time. Hamilton took the podium in all of his first 9 races, including 2 victories in North America (Canada and USA).

Hamilton’s impressive podium chain only ends in Europe. He had an accident requiring first aid when racing Q3. However, he still rode the main race and finished ninth.

From the third race in Bahrain, Lewis Hamilton took the lead in the score (the same 22 points as Raikkonen and Alonso) and maintained this advantage until before the last race in Brazil. This time he has 107 points than Alonso 3 points and Raikkonen 7 points.

However, with only the seventh finish, Hamilton (along with Alonso) lost the championship to the rider who won the race, Raikkonen. After this race, Mclaren sued FIA for violations of the fuel laws of the BMW Sauber and Williams teams, but FIA acquitted these teams, so the results remained the same.

Previously, Hamilton was also narrowed by Raikkonen to 10 points (the maximum score for the winner) in the previous race, China GP (making a mistake when entering the pit).