|Team||Mercedes AMG Petronas|
|Date of Birth||07 Jan 1985|
|F1 Debut||Australia 2007 with McLaren Mercedes|
|F1 Team||McLaren, Mercedes|
Hamilton in Singapore:
2008 McLaren: qualified 2nd, finished 3rd
2009 McLaren: qualified on pole and won the race
2010 McLaren: qualified 3rd, did not finish
2011 McLaren: qualified 4th, finished 5th
2012 McLaren: qualified on pole, did not finish
2013 Mercedes: qualified 5th, finished 5th
2014 Mercedes: qualified 1st, finished 1st
Will 2015 be a record-breaker for Hamilton?
Lewis Hamilton’s move from his boyhood team McLaren to Mercedes in 2013 raised eyebrows but it proved to be the right decision as the Briton clinched his second World Championship in 2014.
Hamilton won 11 of the 19 races, overcoming bad luck and poor reliability to beat team-mate Nico Rosberg, who pushed him all the way. The title was decided at the season finale in Abu Dhabi and was the culmination of a season where Hamilton and Rosberg, friends since they were 13, clashed both on and off the track.
The duo raced hard in Bahrain, with Rosberg unhappy with the way Hamilton defended when fighting for the lead while in Monaco, Hamilton was angry when Rosberg went off track, forcing him to abort his lap for pole. The two collided in Belgium, when fighting for the lead, but Hamilton regrouped, going on to win six of the next seven races to clinch the title.
It followed a solid debut season with the team in 2013, when Hamilton took victory in Hungary and the car showed flashes of pace. The predictions that he would struggle after leaving McLaren, who had taken him from karting through to Formula OneTM, proved unfounded.
Hamilton has said he would like to match his hero Ayrton Senna’s haul of three world titles. Can the double world champion get the better of his childhood friend Rosberg again and achieve the feat, as well as becoming the first Briton to win two successive titles?