Three time world champion, Lewis Hamilton has more race victories than any other British driver in the history of Formula One and is currently third on the all-time wins list, with 44 wins.
Hamilton, who drives car number 44, claimed his 44th career win – and second top podium in Monaco.
Defending world champion Hamilton’s first victory this season cut his deficit to Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, who finished seventh, to 24 points.
The Brit benefited from a slow pit stop of race leader Daniel Ricciardo, who started race from Pole. Also its was a master-class defensive driving that at times recalled McLaren’s Ayrton Senna holding off the faster Williams of Nigel Mansell in the closing stages of this race in 1992 Monaco GP.
Hamilton and #44
F1 drivers were asked ahead of the 2014 season to pick permanent car numbers, between #2 to #99, for the remainder of their Grand Prix careers.
Hamilton secured the right to switch to #1 after winning 2014 title, but the Brit decided that he would be sticking with his personal number #44.
The decision of keep #44
“Everyone can use #1 if they win a championship, but it’s irrelevant for me,” said Hamilton. “#44 means more to me than #1. It doesn’t mean I’m not number 1!
“#44 is my family number. It’s the number I had when I first started racing, and I won my first championship with #44. It means something to me.
“The #1 itself: [Sebastian] Vettel had it, [Michael] Schumacher had it, and all the champions have had it. But none of them had #44. #44 is mine.”
Hamilton previously race with #1 in 2009, after winning his first world title with McLaren.
A short summary of Hamilton’s F1 world championship career
2007 [4 – Victories, 6 – Pole]
Lewis Hamilton’s opening season in F1, He set several records while finishing second in the 2007 F1 Drivers’ Championship, just one point behind Kimi Raikkonen
Start of the season that Lewis Hamilton would be partner defending double World Champion Fernando Alonso, who had joined McLaren following leaving Renault F1. On his first appearance at the Australian Grand Prix, the Brit finished third in the race, becoming the thirteenth driver to finish on the podium in his first F1 career race.
2008 [5 – Victories, 7 – Pole]
Lewis Hamilton won the first race of the 2008 season, the Australian Grand Prix, from pole position. He also secured Monaco, Great Britain, German and Chinese Grand Prix’s victories.
Turning point to maiden F1 title – Brazilian Grand Prix
Once more the season went to a final-race decider in Brazil – this time Hamilton arrived with a seven-point advantage and needed to finish in the top five to win the title. As rival Felipe Massa crossed the line to win the race Hamilton was sixth, but moments later he put in a last-gasp move on Timo Glock – who was struggling on the wrong tyres – to finish fifth and take the title by a point.
Lewis Hamilton became the youngest world champion in Formula 1 history by the skin of his teeth after a thrilling Brazilian Grand Prix.
2009 [2 – Victories, 4 – Pole]
In the season opening Grand Prix at Australia, Hamilton was disqualified from the race for providing “misleading evidence” during the stewards’ hearing (Hamilton and McLaren purposely made overtaking during the Safety Car period – and they provided “misleading evidence” for post-race investigation, but finally FIA revealed the McLaren race radio communication, that was proven they purposely made overtaking).
Hamilton come-back to the top at the Hungary, the tenth round of the season, 11.529 seconds clear of nearest rival Kimi Raikkonen to take his 10th career win and the first for a KERS-equipped car.
2010 [3 – Victories, 1 – Pole]
In the Turkish Grand Prix Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton claimed his first victory of the 2010 season as he and Button completed a 1–2
2011 [3 – Victories, 1 – Pole]
Lewis Hamilton took his first win of the season in Chinese Grand Prix. The Brit took three victories countered by several stewards visits and penalties.
Hamilton beaten by a team mate Jenson Button for the first time in final standings following a frustrating season in the grid’s second fastest car.
2012 [4 – Victories, 7 – Pole]
Hamilton remained at McLaren alongside Button for the 2012 season, The MP4-27 may have been competitive in qualifying.
Red Bull and Vettel struggled to perfect their car’s new blown exhaust early on in the season and McLaren produced a rival that, generally, had performance to match. Reliability issues, pit-stop error and poor luck hampered his title charge, following the Brit signs to Mercedes for 2013.
2013 – Mercedes [1 – Victory, 5 – Pole]
On 28 September 2012, it was announced following much rumour that Hamilton would be leaving McLaren after the 2012 season to join the Mercedes works team signing a three-year contract with the team.
Lewis took one victory, four podiums and five poles en route to fourth in the championship, two places above team mate Nico Rosberg.
2014 – Mercedes [11 – Victories, 7 – Pole]
Formula 1 introduced a new rule for the 2014 season allowed the drivers to pick a unique car number that they will use for their entire career. Hamilton picked No. 44, the same number he used during his karting days.
Hamilton recovered from a series of bad lucks to claim the championship from team-mate Nico Rosberg. He took 11 wins en route to his second world title.
2015 – Mercedes [10 – Victories, 11 – Pole]
Lewis Hamilton secured his third Drivers’ Championship with three races left in the season.
He is the only driver on the current F1 grid to have won at least one race in each season he has competed to date, with McLaren from 2007 until 2012, and with Mercedes since 2013. He has more race victories than any other British driver in the history of F1 and is currently third on the all-time wins list, with 43 wins
2016 – Mercedes [1 – Victory, 3 – Pole]
Monaco Grand Prix marked his first victory of season since he clinched the title in Austin in late October last year, and finally got his 2016 title campaign off the ground.
Lewis Hamilton Wins
|33||2014||Abu Dhabi||44||Mercedes||Mercedes V6|
|17||2011||Abu Dhabi||3||McLaren||Mercedes V8|