How Lewis Hamilton has dominated the Formula One world

From fighting off Felipe Massa in 2008 to triumph in Turkey in 2020… here’s how Lewis Hamilton has dominated the Formula One world after winning title number seven on Sunday

  • Lewis Hamilton was crowned a seven-time Formula One champion on Sunday
  • The Mercedes driver picked up his first F1 world championship title in 2008
  • Sportsmail analyses each Formula One triumph during the 35-year-old’s career 

Lewis Hamilton lifted his seventh Formula One world championship title after winning the Turkish Grand Prix on Sunday. 

As the 35-year-old equals Michael Schumacher’s record for all-time F1 title wins, including the German’s Grand Prix victories tally, Hamilton is being touted as one of the greatest British sportsmen of all time.

Sportsmail analyses each of Hamilton’s F1 world championship victories following the Briton’s monumental victory… 

Lewis Hamilton is a seven-time Formula One champion… Sportsmail analyses each title win


Mercedes’ Hamilton (above) won his first Formula One world championship way back in 2008

Having missed out on the title in his rookie season, Hamilton left it dramatically late in 2008. 

As the rain fell, he passed Toyota’s Timo Glock on the last lap of the final race of the season in Sao Paulo. 

The home crowd were crestfallen that their man, Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, who had crossed the line as champion, was denied. 


Hamilto (middle) beat team-mate Nico Rosberg (left) to a second Formula One title in 2014

Hamilton made the visionary decision to leave McLaren for Mercedes, a move that ended a six-year wait for his next championship. 

It came down to a decider with team-mate Nico Rosberg in Abu Dhabi — the only grand prix to offer double points. 

A blistering start under the lights helped Hamilton reclaim the crown. 


He now had the mental edge over Rosberg and turned the season into a one-horse gallop. 

He duly won the American Grand Prix to wrap it up with three rounds remaining. 

It gave him the third title he had always sought to match his hero Ayrton Senna. Rosberg bounced back the following year to make Hamilton wait for No 4.


Hamilton (above) held off Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to win yet another world crown in 2017

Rosberg retired with his one championship, admitting he could never summon the fortitude required to maintain a sustained challenge to Hamilton. 

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel won five races and looked a strong challenger, only for the Scuderia challenge to wilt. 

Hamilton, who won nine races, took the honours with two rounds to spare. 


The season that showcased two of his great moments: defeating Ferrari at Monza and the lap of his life for Singapore pole. Vettel crashed out in Germany and never recovered. Hamilton, in an arguably inferior car, took the title in Mexico. 


Hamilton picked up six victories in the opening eight races in a victorious 2019 season

A streak to glory. Sometimes a slow starter to a season, Hamilton carried over his form from 2018 to reel off six victories in the opening eight races. The outcome never looked in doubt with Bottas his closest rival in the end. 

Second place in America was enough to take him ahead of Juan Manuel Fangio’s five titles won in the Fifties. 


A record-Breaking year that saw him move ahead of Michael Schumacher’s tally of 91 wins, a feat achieved in Portugal with his father Anthony in attendance. 

Sunday’s crushing victory, sealing title No 7 with three rounds to go, showcased the blend of experience and talent that makes an eighth championship appear inevitable. 

Hamilton dominated the Formula One scene in 2020 to pick up magic number seven

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