Lewis HamiltonLewis Hamilton was born in London on September 7, 1985. Two years after his birth, the parents of Lewis were divorced, and he remained on the education of the mother. At the age of twelve years, Lewis went to live with his father in Hertfordshire. In the future, Hamilton admitted that it was his father made him a rider. Lewis initially fond of carting on a lot of money spent. His father, Anthony Hamilton had to work on three different studies, to provide training to his son and give him a good go-kart. In nine years, Hamilton has already started to win in karting, and in ten years, he confidently said Ron Davis at the moment is the boss of the team, "McLaren", holding out his notebook for an autograph, that he ever will be driving a car Ron . Davis then wrote in a notebook that Lewis called him after nine years. In June 1998, nine years later, they actually met, and Lewis Hamilton has been allocated a place in the team, "McLaren", he became the youngest race car driver in the history of its existence. In 2001, Lewis was able to compete in karting with the legendary Mikael Schumacher. Hamilton then came to the finish seventh, while Michael Schumacher - the third. Schumacher after the race has twisted reporters that Lewis is an excellent driver, despite his 16 years, and that he will soon be uchuvstvovat in such a famous race as a Formula 1. Lewis' debut on the Formula 1 season came in 2007, during the announcement of his team mate Fernando Alonso. But after a few steps, Hamilton became the leader of the race and has surpassed the achievements of the Alonso. It was at that time, their relationship soured - for example, during the Hungarian Grand Prix Lewis did not skip ahead in time Alonso qualifications. Riders and supporters of one team were rivals and at the end of the season Alonso has terminated the contract with the team, "McLaren" and Hamilton became the first team rider. The very next season, Lewis was able to become the youngest winner of Formula 1, ahead by one point Ferrari driver Felipe Massa. Hamilton first black champion. Currently, Hamilton is McLaren team with Heikki Kovalainen. Contract Lewis Hamilton, who signed for five years, expires in 2012. On account of Lewis's many records in Formula 1. For example, in Lewis was the longest series of podiums in a season - nine.
British Formula 1 world champion 1992 Nigel Mansell believes that his compatriot Lewis Hamilton this year is sure to be a fight for the title.
Champion of the season in 2016 Nico Rosberg believes that this year will once again win for Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton. And this in spite of the promising rumors that came from Maranello.Nico Rosberg "My prediction matches what happened in the past year. Thus, at this time wins again Lewis Hamilton, one step ahead of Sebastian Vettel. Behind them, Valtteri Bottas and both pilots of Red Bull, and this time Verstappen will be faster Riccardo".
A graduate of the McLaren Lando Norris hopes that one day he will become a pilot of Formula 1 as Lewis Hamilton, with whom he is constantly compared.Lando Norris "the Comparison with Lewis gives me motivation but I don't pay attention to those comments. It is good to think about what you're going by the footsteps of world champion. Once he got to Formula 1, so I can.At the same time I'm not just going to think about what he was able. I will try to make progress in his career. I know that fast and can win. I like doing what I'm doing, so just get on with my work.This year Norris will run a reserve pilot McLaren and parallel to compete in Formula 2. In addition, in late January, Lando will partner Fernando Alonso in the race 24 hours of Daytona.
Champion of the season in 2016 Nico Rosberg hopes that one day he will be able to build relationship with Lewis Hamilton.Nico Rosberg "I retired in the highest point. I fought for the title with the best pilot of our time on the same machines. We fought until the last race. I came out the winner, so you can be happy with yourself.Does it irritate me Lewis We were really good friends, and I still have great respect for him.In fact, he is a good guy. Of course, on the camera we managed to pose and behaved aggressively, but in Formula 1 with its values can not be otherwise. I really hope that one day we re gonna be friends".
Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton believes that championship is more risky sections on the track.Lewis Hamilton "the FIA has done a wonderful job in the part of improving safety on the road. But the work turns and the security zones, it was time to stop.Not to cut the corner and not lose time. Before, if you traveled outside of the track, it definitely was a waste of time. Now you can approach the turn, knowing that if you go to 5 more than possible, you can pass it widely and to get back on track without losing speed. I don't like it.I used to like Oulton Park and Donington. In t old Hairpin was a nightmare - you have to use downforce, abandoning the brakes and using only the gas pedal. There is always the gravel outside the white line. Catching the gravel, you is definitely not able to leave.Pass to the limit in a turn Donington - a feat. There's all the turns harder than in the Formula-1".
In SkySports have examined the accounts of the pilots of Formula-1 in popular social networks and calculated the number of subscribers. The leader of the rating was Lewis Hamilton.Number of subscribers1. Lewis Hamilton - 14,98 2. Fernando Alonso - 6,15 3. Daniel ricciardo - 3,49 4. Sergio Perez - 2,78 5. Max Verstappen of 2.72 6. Roman Grosjean - 1,41 7. Nico - 1,29 8. Valtteri Bottas - 1,16 9. Carlos Sainz - 0,94 10. Kevin Magnussen to 0.67 million
After the recent criticism of the track Paul Ricard, where this year will take place the Grand Prix of France, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton dramatically changed his point of view.Lewis Hamilton "the Most important thing for us is that we come back to France. This country is important for the European part of the championship. Even here there are other good tracks, I still think that in Paul Ricard, we can get the best race of the season. Let's see who knows".Recall, the Grand Prix of France returns to Formula 1 after ten years.
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff expects Lewis Hamilton will stay at Mercedes.Toto Wolff "I don't think Lewis will leave the team as suddenly as did Rosberg. But certainly you never know.We never expected anything like this in 2016, but then we got a call Niko.I expect that he will remain in the team next year. We are happy to work with him, and he is pleased with us."The current Mercedes contract with Hamilton expires at the end of this year.
In 2008 Sauber owned by BMW, and thanks to the cooperation with the Bavarian minders were able to challenge Ferrari and McLaren. As part of the Swiss team under the number "4" was made by Robert Kubica.Early in the season the pilots Ferrari and McLaren often made errors, allowing Kubica several times on the podium. And on the seventh stage in Canada Robert does win, then suddenly became the leader of the championship. But then problems and mistakes of rivals became less, and the results Sauber has fallen markedly in the remaining races pole only three times finished in the top three. In the end, Kubica finished the season in fourth position, behind Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen.
Champion of the 2009 season Jenson button said that gladly fought for the victory against Lewis Hamilton.Jenson button "In the race I could challenge him, and we often raced for the victory. During these three years we have won many Grand Prix, and some of the races that I won, were the best races in my career, because I had to beat Lewis. It really helped me grow as a pilot."Button and Hamilton drove for McLaren in 2010-2012 During this time Jenson won 8 races, Lewis - 10.
Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton is hoping that his team will be able to spend the new season absolutely no gatherings.Lewis Hamilton "We plan to complete each circle is our goal. Of course, it will be difficult to do this, but that's what we plan to do in the new season.I have faith in the team. They are able to commit this technological wonder. This is a huge, huge task, but possible. 2017 Golden year for us, but there is no reason not to repeat it again.I think that between us, Ferrari and teams with Renault engines will be a tough fight. Each of us can become a champion.But, as I said, we plan to complete every race. We had the best reliability, we had all time performances. We will try to achieve more, working hard on a new car."Last season, Hamilton drove the race of all races, and only in one case, he lost to the leader of a circle.
The pilot Force India Esteban Windows said that the leadership of Mercedes, which supports his career, rather his achievements in his debut season.Esteban Windows "And in the Force India satisfied with what I'm doing, and Mercedes. And if all happy, I just need to continue to do everything in my power. With Toto Wolff most of the time we talk on the phone, sometimes on the track.They called me for a meeting at 35-40 minutes to see where I stand, what my problem, do I need to improve. They also hold a meeting with Force India, to see how my development goes. They are very close to me, they are closely related to my career. But that's OK, because Mercedes is investing money in me.They are really interested in what I do, and I think it's good for my career."It is possible that in 2019, the Windows will partner Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes.
Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton said that it does not consider itself a leader on the team.Lewis Hamilton "I don't consider myself a team leader - I consider myself to be a small link in a huge chain.We're all here to play a key role. The key on the chain that makes our relationship as strong as possible. And we are all very well able to communicate".
Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton said that Frank conversation with Toto Wolff before the season 2017 it really helped.Lewis Hamilton "If you are in the office and your boss doesn't want you was there, then it's not a very good atmosphere, doesn't it You want to work there, but you don't. This is just a negative, distracting from what you're capable of.This meeting was really important to restart things, so when I joined the team after the meeting, everyone knew that I will do everything possible to win.If there are any negative or question without an answer, it is only holding you back, so it was almost a cleansing of the relationship and re-launch of the joint work. We re-started the business, the Foundation of which was laid many years ago".
Champion of the 2009 season Jenson button talked about the relationship with Lewis Hamilton during joint work in the McLaren.Jenson button "Our relationship was interesting, because I have moved from Brawn, where he won the world championship in 2009, and he won the previous world championship in 2008 with McLaren. I moved to another team to accept the challenge and fight with Lewis Hamilton.We're both British, played for the British team, both world Champions, fresh world Champions, so the pressure on us was incredible. But I like this challenge very much.He is extremely fast on one lap, he is the fastest guy, I think, ever seen in Formula 1. We do have our moments during the fight, but otherwise I got very good experience working with Lewis".Button and Hamilton were team-mates at McLaren in 2010-2012.
In 2018, the Grand Prix of France will return to the Formula 1 calendar with the track at Paul Ricard. But the pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton admitted that he would race in Magny-Cours, where the French stage was conducted in 1991-2008 Lewis Hamilton "to be Honest, I really liked the Magny-Cours circuit. It is to be honest with yourself.Paul Ricard is in a great location, but the track I personally do not like. It's not as good and exciting as in Magny-Cours.I think the most important thing that we have now the Grand Prix of France, because it is an important part of Europe, is an important part of the European tour.In France so many beautiful trails, for example, Le Mans, and for some reason we are still there. It would also be great."Hamilton has participated twice in the Grand Prix of France in 2007 he finished third in 2007- the tenth.
The former head of the championship Bernie Ecclestone each year ordered sarcastic Christmas cards. This tradition was supported by the new leadership of Formula 1.The new card is a play on some of the events of the last season Fernando Alonso in a lounge chair, Kimi Raikkonen driving, "cute" dialogue hlkenberg and Kevin Magnussen, the intransigence of the partners in the Force India and, of course, the main characters - Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was declared the winner in the category "driver of the year" by fans of the championship.Hamilton won his fourth world title and broke the record of Michael Schumacher for number of pole positions. He won nine of 20 races, including earning a "Grand slam" in China, Canada and the UK.This year Lewis was named the best pilot with 39 of the votes.
Lewis Hamilton has admitted that Mercedes W08 machine, driving of which he became the champion last season, was very difficult to manage.Lewis Hamilton "This machine is one of the most difficult. For several years we had problems, and a new wider chassis only aggravated the situation. Added problems and new tires.In 2008 I had a complex machine, in 2009 is just horrible. Machine 2017 is good, but controlling it was not easy".
Technical Director of Red Bull Adrian Newey believes that Lewis Hamilton earned his fourth title in a unique style of a true champion.Adrian Newey "I think that his early Championships were a bit up and down. But the championship, which he won this year was, without a doubt, the best.He was able to spend a number of races. I can't think of one poor race in his performance this year. Every time he fought when the situation calls for it".
In the history of Formula 1 only thirty-two pilots managed at least once to win the title. Sixteen of them won the championship more than once, ten more than two times. This year Lewis Hamilton became the fifth pilot, who managed to win the championship four times.The first championship title in Formula 1 was played in 1950. In 1953 appeared the first two-time champion Alberto Ascari. Two years later, the championship became the first three-time champion - Juan Manuel Fangio. He in 1956 became the first four-time.Nine years it took Hamilton to after the first title was obtained in 2008 to earn the next three. This is the longest period for four-time Champions. In this regard, the record belongs to Sebastian Vettel, who became a four-time champion just three years after the first victory in the championship.The youngest four-time champion is Sebastian Vettel. In 2013, when he won the third title, the German was 26 years 3 months 24 days. The age four-time champion Juan-Manuel Fangio. The Argentine has turned 45 years 1 month 12 days ahead of schedule when he won the championship in 1956. For comparison, the Hamilton is in a good race in Mexico turned 32 years 9 months 22 days.Only one pilot managed to win all four League titles in a team - Sebastian Vettel Red Bull. Three won four titles, speaking in two teams Alain Prost McLaren and Williams, Michael Schumacher Benetton and Ferrari and Lewis Hamilton McLaren and Mercedes. Juan-Manuel Fangio four Championships won in three different teams Alfa Romeo, Mercedes and Ferrari.Only two of them managed to win more than four titles. Will add to this list is Lewis Hamilton Maybe Sebastian VettelA list of the pilots who won four or more titles1. Michael Schumacher - 7 titles 1994, 1995, 2000-20042. Juan Manuel Fangio - 5 1951, 1954-19573. Alain Prost - 4 1985, 1986, 1989 and 1993 Sebastian Vettel - 4 2010-2013 Lewis Hamilton - 4 2008, 2014, 2015 and 2017.
Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton remembered the incident in Baku, where he collided with Sebastian Vettel in the mode of action of the safety car.Lewis Hamilton "I think the most unpleasant in all this was that there were people who believed that it was not done on purpose. How about this all you can think about We are all pilots of the highest level. We all know how to fly these machines in a straight lineI was also surprised that senior stewards then said that maybe I am right, or perhaps the SEB. I myself thought that they looked just another race".
Dutch ex-pilot of Formula 1 Guido van der garde believes that his compatriot Max Verstappen can cope with Lewis Hamilton in the fight for the title.Guido van der garde "I think Max has grown strongly this year, because he had to deal with all these disappointments on the track.I think he also grew significantly as a pilot. In qualifying he was able to make much progress.Hamilton, of course, a good pilot, we saw it this year, but I think that Max will cope with him.
It seems that next year Formula 1 will organize a major event in Marseille. This year a similar event has already passed in London, which was attended by all the drivers, except Lewis Hamilton.Deputy mayor of Marseille Jean Roatta "the Mayor agreed. We have not yet met with representatives of the FOM, but currently we are working on security issues and a venue that should be near the Museum of European and Mediterranean civilizations.The event must occur because it is very attractive for the city.
The President of the FIA Jean Todt, the recently reelected for a third term, believes that the level of reliability Formula 1 has become too high.He noted that cars often can go a full season without mechanical problems, that shows how much money on development and parts have been spent.Referring to Lewis Hamilton, the FIA President told Auto Bild "He didn't commit any mistakes, but he was also extremely reliable and efficient car. Even if Mercedes wasn't always the fastest, Lewis scored points in 20 of the 20 Grand Prix. The cars are too reliable.Ferrari also impressed me. Ferrari and Mercedes were very reliable, and it cost a lot of money. Tests, simulation is too much. We don't need all this for interesting racing.The current engines are too expensive, too complicated and too quiet. But we have to work with them. We are currently talking with the producers about the evolution of existing engines".
Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton said that he hoped to fight for the title from Fernando Alonso.Lewis Hamilton "I'm going to prepare to fight more than ever. I will do everything to try and earn his fifth title next year.It will be a four-sided confrontation we, Red Bull, Ferrari and possibly McLaren. We can't afford to be complacent after the victory, we need to continue to work and improve in all areas.McLaren got the Renault engines. This year we were having a good duel with Alonso, and I'd like to be more of them in the future. Fernando deserves to fight in the leading group, so I hope he will be able to join the battle".
Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff admitted that he was ashamed of the fact that Pascal Wehrlein remained without a seat in Formula 1. Young and talented German several seasons have brought points to the command tail of the peloton, but it did not help him to fight with money bags of the rich and the less fast drivers.Toto Wolff "Pascal deserves to be in Formula 1. He's a great pilot. But now there is no place in the championship. It's a shame, because it has the potential to win, and his performances on the track were exceptional.Our goal is to find a new Lewis Hamilton, which is not easy because it is at a very high level.Our strategy is to quick to hire pilots who already have experience. Mercedes is not a place for learning. Those who come here should already be full-fledged pilots."Recently, the Mercedes team was supported by Wehrlein, but now, it seems that all the attention is turned to Esteban aukon and George Russell.
Lewis Hamilton admitted that he wants to emulate Fernando Alonso in the fight for the triple crown of Motorsport. The Spaniard already has a victory in the Monaco Grand Prix, and now he wants to earn a victory in the Indy 500 and the 24 hours of Le Mans. The only winner of the triple crown is compatriot Hamilton and Graham hill.Lewis Hamilton "Today is very difficult to do something unique in Motorsport. In the past, there were pilots who were in several different categories, but I have no desire to do it.I admire what Alonso wants to do, but for me Formula 1 is the maximum experience which can get the pilot.I have other qualities and projects in which I am interested and which I am satisfied. In the coming years you will see what it is, but it's more than race. Once I hang the helmet on a nail. But my contribution will definitely be appreciated by the audience".
Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton said that he is not going to re-start a friendship with Nico Rosberg.In the days of the performances in karting, Lewis and Nico were friends, but after the fight for the title as a part of Mercedes in 2014-2016 they turned into stiff rivals.Niki Lauda "Their relationship was so bad that in the morning they didn't even say Hello".Rosberg after winning the championship and retiring from Formula 1 has admitted that he is ready to regain the friendship.Nico Rosberg "We were very good friends in the past but this could be repeated in the future. We are no longer rivals, I completely crossed this point, so I don't understand why we can't again good".However, Hamilton is configured differently.Lewis Hamilton "I last spoke with Nico in Japan, but I don't put any energy to change in our relationship. I don't want to be friends with him".