World champion’s drivers’ crowns ranked
By Luke Slater
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.