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Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton
Born
January 7, 1985
Origin
UK
Team
Mercedes AMG Petronas
F1 Debut
Australia 2007
Career statistics to end 2013
Race(s)
129
Win(s)
22
Pole Position(s)
31
Fastest Lap(s)
13

It can’t have been an easy transition for Lewis, leaving his home of many years at McLaren to go and drive for a very different, German-based and very German-oriented team where his new teammate was already the favourite son.

Indeed, there were signs early in the season that the 2008 World Champion was casting around for support – why else would you start bringing a British bulldog along with you to the F1 paddocks of the world?

Two podiums in his second and third outings in a Silver Arrow would have helped, as did his break-through victory for his new team. It came in round 10, the exact pivotal point of the 19-race 2013 season, and it came from one of his five pole positions of 2013, achieved in a withering mid-season demonstration that he is still a lightning-fast competitor.

There were four other front-row starts as well, so it’s the one-lap pace that needs to be translated into race-winning reliability if Hamilton is to prove the saviour of Mercedes in its post-Schumacher phase.

Hamilton, caught out by Mark Webber’s blistering three-podium finish to the year, finished the season in fourth place overall, equalling his highest finish since his title-winning year of 2008.

On the surface he and old friend Rosberg form a smiling, cooperative pairing. Lewis, though, outscored Nico overall and by five podium visits to four.

Reliability, especially in high temperatures, was a Mercedes bugbear last season. It could be a challenge again in the uncharted waters of the new F1 regulations.

Will that sunny relationship withstand the intensity of a second year together, when Mercedes will be looking to go one better than their second-place finish in the 2013 Constructors’standings?

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