World cham­pion’s driv­ers’ crowns ranked

By Luke Slater

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Formula One -

1 2018 Ti­tle No 5

Lewis Hamil­ton ended the sea­son with dou­ble fig­ures in wins for a fourth time (11 this time) af­ter a late-sea­son charge to the ti­tle. Se­bas­tian Vet­tel was within touch­ing dis­tance with a third of the sea­son left but Hamil­ton put Fer­rari un­der pres­sure and they cracked.

2 2008 Ti­tle No 1

The pain of fin­ish­ing sec­ond in his de­but sea­son was for­got­ten as he pipped Fer­rari’s Felipe Massa to the ti­tle in an in­cred­i­ble last race in Brazil. Hamil­ton over­took Timo Glock on the fi­nal lap to claim the fifth place he needed be­hind race win­ner Massa.

3 2017 Ti­tle No 4

As well as mark­ing the end of Hamil­ton’s four years along­side Nico Ros­berg, 2017 was the first time in the turbo-hy­brid era that he had to over­come any­one other than his team-mate, as Vet­tel and Fer­rari be­came con­tenders. Five wins in six races af­ter the sum­mer break were de­ci­sive.

4 2019 Ti­tle No6

The ab­sence of a sus­tained chal­lenge from ei­ther the er­ror-prone Fer­rari or team-mate Valt­teri Bot­tas means this ti­tle is likely to be un­der­rated. Af­ter six wins in the first eight rounds his corona­tion was long a for­mal­ity, but he has con­sis­tently driven at a higher level than any­one else.

5 2014 Ti­tle No2

Hamil­ton’s first ti­tle with Mercedes was not con­firmed un­til the fi­nal race of the year and, al­though his win­ning mar­gin was com­fort­able – 67 points – he had to fight for it af­ter three re­tire­ments in the first 12 rounds. Ros­berg led by 29 points with seven rounds left. From then Hamil­ton was al­most un­beat­able.

6 2015 Ti­tle No3

Hamil­ton’s sec­ond ti­tle with Mercedes was un­trou­bled; it is the only sea­son in which he has led the stand­ings through­out. It also came when Mercedes were at their most dom­i­nant, win­ning 16 of the 19 races.

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