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A profile of McLaren Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton and Massa's troubled history

Hamilton and Massa's troubled history

BBC COMMENTATOR MARTIN BRUNDLE'S VIEW

"Lewis Hamilton has been a contender for the world title in three of his five F1 seasons which tells you everything you need to know about his speed and ability.

"He can light up any track with his raw speed and audacious moves. When they work they are breathtaking, when they don't there are bodywork-crunching moments which incur the wrath of the stewards.

"His personal life seems to have been even more of a distraction in 2011.

"When he's on form, such as at the Nurburgring, he is unbeatable and he's lost absolutely none of his talent.

"Lack of focus and too many incidents have seen another championship slip past. To finish first, first you must finish."

HAMILTON TAKES OUR DRIVERS' TEST

What three words would you use to describe what it's like to be a Formula 1 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 1 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?
Monaco.

HAMILTON STATS & FACTS
Nationality: English
Born: 07/01/1985, Stevenage
Grand Prix debut: Australia 2007
World championships: 1 (2008)

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?
Thailand.

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?
Boxers.

Angelina Jolie or Keira Knightley?
No comment.

James Bond or Austin Powers?
Bond.



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Drivers' world championship

Last updated: 20 Jul 2014 14:46 UK
Position Country Driver Points
1 Ger N Rosberg 190
2 GB L Hamilton 176
3 Aus D Ricciardo 106
4 Spa F Alonso 97
5 Fin V Bottas 91
6 Ger S Vettel 82
7 Ger N Hulkenberg 69
8 GB J Button 59
9 Den K Magnussen 37
10 Brz F Massa 30

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