Lewis Hamilton has been the most dominant driver in Formula One in the modern era. In the 2020 season he will aim to join Michael Schumacher as the only two men in the history of the sport to win seven Drivers’ Championship titles.
The Brit has won the last two crowns with relative ease. Only Nico Rosberg managed to halt his stranglehold of Formula One since his move to Mercedes in 2014. Hamilton is once again the leading contender in the sportsbook odds for the coming term. The 35-year-old has displayed a level of excellence on the track that few have been able to match.
More often than not, Hamilton has risen to the occasion on the track, featuring outstanding performances that have played crucial roles in his title wins. We’ll now break down two of his best outings in his 13-year career to date.
2018 German Grand Prix, Hockenheim
After finishing second in the British Grand Prix, Hamilton trailed Sebastian Vettel by eight points in the Drivers’ Championship standings. A response was required from the Brit, although fortune did not appear to be on his side in Germany. The Mercedes driver suffered an issue with the hydraulics of his F1 W09 EQ Power+ during the first session of qualifying, which limited him to 14th place on the grid. Vettel on the other hand produced a brilliant surge to beat out Valtteri Bottas for pole, leaving Hamilton with a mountain to climb to prevent the German from extending his advantage at the top.
Hamilton surged through the field using a one-stop strategy to move into contention for points at the least. Vettel on the other hand went from the top of the world during qualifying to the pits of despair, putting forward a poor performance as he made two mistakes – the second of which ended his race as he collided with the barrier. Hamilton capitalised using the safety car to close the gap on the leaders, while benefitting from a controversial call as he bailed out of pitting on the 56th lap. The Brit displayed his resilience to fend off Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen to close out a vital win. A victory that would sway the momentum in the battle for the 2018 Drivers’ Championship.
2008 British Grand Brix, Silverstone
Hamilton finished third in his previous outing on home soil in 2007 and arrived at Silverstone aiming to make a breakthrough. His failure to triumph at the British Grand Prix was one of the reasons he narrowly missed out on clinching the Drivers’ Championship in his debut term. However, he ensured that it was not going to be the case in 2008. Hamilton trailed Felipe Massa by 10 points down in fourth place in the standings ahead of the race. The Brit watched his McClaren team-mate Heiki Kovalainen set the tone during qualifying to earn pole position, while Hamilton was forced to settle for fourth place. On Sunday, the drivers were greeted by wet conditions, with the majority of teams deploying intermediate wet tyres.
Hamilton and Kovalainen were embroiled in a tense duel from the off, with the Brit surging ahead of his team-mate, only to be passed by the Finn on the next corner. However, Hamilton would have the last laugh, edging past Kovalainen at Stowe Corner on the fifth lap and he would not relinquish control of the race from that point onwards. McClaren made the right move to stick with intermediate tyres throughout the contest. Rain persisted, but while other drivers lost their composure on the track, Hamilton was sublime throughout. He clinched the win one minute and eight seconds ahead of second-place Nick Heidfeld – the largest margin of victory recorded in 13 years. It would play a defining role in his first Drivers’ Championship crown.