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After two successive title-winning seasons, Lewis had to swallow disappointment last year when he finished second behind his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg. It was the German’s long-awaited and keenly-sought first title win and, almost immediately, he announced he was retiring from the sport.
That surprising drama has left Hamilton without his usual measuring stick across the garage as he enters 2016 keen to land his fourth title and to reassert his supremacy in the sport.
His dominance was undone last year by a combination of factors that appeared to begin soon after he had sealed his 2015 triumph in Austin, Texas, where Rosberg, stung by defeat, resolved to refocus and gain revenge.
A combination of poor starts, reliability problems and Rosberg’s resurgence left Hamilton trailing by 43 points at one stage, but he recovered that deficit before falling behind again and then mounting a late-season run of success to take the title battle down to the wire in Abu Dhabi.
Hamilton finished the year with 10 wins to Rosberg’s nine, but lost his crown.
He will be more determined than ever to recover it and continue a career that has made him a global sports star who has achieved his major goals, including emulating the feats of his childhood idol, Ayrton Senna.