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.