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Lewis Hamilton


F1 team review - McLaren

Lewis Hamilton 2009 Season Stats

Last updated: Thursday, 15 November 2012 12:33 UK
Race Date Start Finish Race Pts Total Pts
Australian GP 29 Mar 2009 18 20 0 0
Malaysian GP 5 Apr 2009 12 7 1 1
Chinese GP 19 Apr 2009 9 6 3 4
Bahrain GP 26 Apr 2009 5 4 5 9
Spanish GP 10 May 2009 14 9 0 9
Monaco GP 24 May 2009 20 12 0 9
Turkish GP 7 Jun 2009 16 13 0 9
British GP 21 Jun 2009 18 16 0 9
German GP 12 Jul 2009 5 18 0 9
Hungarian GP 26 Jul 2009 4 1 10 19
European GP 23 Aug 2009 1 2 8 27
Belgian GP 30 Aug 2009 12 19 0 27
Italian GP 13 Sep 2009 1 12 0 27
Singapore GP 27 Sep 2009 1 1 10 37
Japanese GP 4 Oct 2009 3 3 6 43
Brazilian GP 18 Oct 2009 17 3 6 49
Abu Dhabi GP 1 Nov 2009 1 19 0 49

"Lewis Hamilton initially struggled to keep his head above water on both a professional and personal level this season.

"The 2008 world champion was my pre-season favourite but the McLaren car was not capable of helping him defend his crown in the early part of the campaign.

"Like most of the grandee teams, they put too much time and effort into the Kers energy recovery system and it simply did not deliver the performance gains against the extra weight penalty.

"The fall-out from the Australian Grand Prix, when Hamilton and the team backed themselves into a corner by not telling the stewards the full facts regarding his safety-passing incident with Jarno Trulli behind the safety car damaged his confidence and image.

"He has been very impressive in the second half of the season, scoring more points than any one else, until his retirement in Abu Dhabi, and comprehensively beating team-mate Heikki Kovalainen.

"Since the German Grand Prix, Hamilton has collected five podiums, including two victories in Hungary and Singapore.

"Hamilton has grown in stature and in many ways he has been even more impressive than in his championship year. He has show more maturity without doubt has learned much.

"I will never forget Hamilton's amazing F1 victories such Fuji '07 and Silverstone '08. He's found the winning way again this season and surely he has more world championships to come."


Lewis Hamilton

What three words would you use to describe what it's like to be a Formula One driver?
Adventurous, cool and fortunate.

What is the biggest perk of the job?
Getting to drive some pretty cool Mercedes-Benz road cars.

How would you like to be remembered as an F1 driver?
As one of the best.

What is your most embarrassing sporting moment?
Crashing the go-kart at an event in 2007.

Who is the worst dressed Formula One driver?
We are all wearing team kit when we see each other, so no-one is that bad.

Ayrton Senna or Alain Prost?
I'm going to say Senna, but I also have a huge amount of respect for Prost.

Spa or Monaco?

Lewis Hamilton's 2009 helmet
Car number: 1
Nationality: British
Born: 07/01/1985, Stevenage
Grand Prix debut: Australia 2007
World championships: 1
Grands Prix entered: 52
Wins: 11
Pole positions: 16
Podiums: 27
Points: 256

If you weren't an F1 driver what would you be?

A footballer.

Who is the greatest sportsman of all time?
Muhammad Ali.

What would be your perfect day off?
A day on the beach.

Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?

Apart from a house what is the most expensive thing that you own?
No comment.

What is your favourite item of clothing?
My special TAG Heuer watch.

What is your favourite music to drive to?
Bob Marley.

Which famous person - dead or alive - would you like to have dinner with and why?
I would change my answer to this every day. It depends what kind of mood you are in at the moment you are asked I guess.

You could go for someone like Will Smith or Eddie Murphy, because they would be hilarious, but then on another day I would say Ayrton Senna, and on another Muhammad Ali.

Tell us something about yourself that most F1 fans might not know
I'm a big online gamer.

Steve McQueen or Paul Newman?
Steve McQueen AND Paul Newman

Boxers or briefs?

Angelina Jolie or Keira Knightley?
No comment.

James Bond or Austin Powers?

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Drivers' world championship

Last updated: 27 Nov 2016 14:53 UK
Position Country Driver Points
1 Ger N Rosberg 385
2 GB L Hamilton 380
3 Aus D Ricciardo 256
4 Ger S Vettel 212
5 M Verstappen 204
6 Fin K Raikkonen 186
7 Mex S Perez 101
8 Fin V Bottas 85
9 Ger N Hulkenberg 72
10 Spa F Alonso 54

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