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.
Last season in Formula 1 was represented by 16 countries. The largest representation from the United Kingdom, but the pilots of this country have scored a total of 371 points and took only the second place in the standings of the Nations. As leaders of the standings are the Finns.Last year in the standings of the Nations the Germans won, thanks largely to Nico Rosberg. This season was not representative of Indonesia, but there were pilots from Canada, Italy and New Zealand. Russia has fallen from the 10th position to 13th.1. Finland - 510Valtteri Bottas, Kimi Raikkonen2. UK - 371Lewis Hamilton, Jolyon Palmer, Jenson button, Paul di Resta3. Germany - 365Sebastian Vettel, Nico Hulkenberg, Pascal Wehrlein4. Australia - 200Daniel Ricciardo5. Netherlands - 168Max Verstappen6. France - 115Esteban Windows, Roman Grosjean, Pierre Went Out7. Mexico - 100Sergio Perez8. Spain - 71Carlos Sainz, Fernando Alonso9. 43 In BrazilFelipe Massa10. Canada - 40Lance Stroll11. Denmark - 19Kevin Magnussen12. Belgium - 13Stoffel Vandorn13. Russia - 5Daniil Kvyat14. Sweden - 0Marcus Ericsson15. Italy - 0Antonio Giovinazzi16. New Zealand - 0Brandon Hartley.
Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton admitted that he has not yet decided when to retire.Lewis Hamilton "I think about what's ahead of me. I spoke with those who had retired, those who retired later, and everyone says to stay until I can.The seasons are becoming longer and longer, and you see what I do outside of Formula 1. It is time consuming and takes a lot of energy.I like what I'm doing now. I like to be with this team, I love racing, and I still feel the best on the track. So, while the car is on a level, until the rules change, I will act.Who knows, maybe in 2021 I'll pass the baton to George Russell".
In the course of the last season, only six pilots had a chance to start the race from the first row. The record for the number of hits on the first row of steel Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton.Starts with the first row, the pilots1. Sebastian Vettel, The Ferrari - 142. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes 133. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari - 5 Driver Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes - 55. Max Verstappen, Red Bull - 16. Lance Stroll, Williams - 1V last year the pilots Ferrari never not started first, Rada, and this year Daniel Riccardo from Red Bull failed to make this rating. But it came debutant lance Stroll from Williams. However, in his case helped numerous penalties received by opponents for the replacement of elements of the power plant.In Sochi Mercedes pilots started only from the second row, thereby ending a run of 30 hits on the first row. According to this indicator, the German team takes third place in the history of Formula 1. The record lacked five races.The series starts from the first row, the command1. Williams - 35 1992-19942. McLaren - 33 1988-19903. Mercedes - 30 2015-20174. Williams - 26 1995-19975. Red Bull - 24 2010-20116. Mercedes - 23 2014-20157. Williams - 17 1986-1987 Red Bull - 17 2009-20109. Ferrari - 16 1970-1971 Lotus - 16 1973-1974.
Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton said that he does not seek to become eightfold champion of the world.Lewis Hamilton "I don't see in front of me at the moment, this goal. Four It took me 10 years to achieve these four titles.I don't know, I still don't have such a desire to meet him. Compared with Fangio will have for me a cool achievement. That is the real goal for me since I'm going to spend more than a couple of years.I don't think we look at the number of titles, assessing the career of a pilot. I don't think it's really going to determine how I was a pilot.Working with a team and car, and every time I did just fine in order to extract the maximum speed. This is for me the determining factor".
During the past season by the leaders of the race had time to visit only six pilots. Most of all the leader of the race passed champion Lewis Hamilton 2871 km 47.4 per cent of the total distance of 20 races. Last year, the achievement became champion Nico Rosberg was a little worse 42.8 percent.Of the six pilots in the lead in the race, only Kimi Raikkonen has never won.Leading in the race in the season 2017, the pilots, km1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes - 28712. Sebastian Vettel, The Ferrari - 13123. Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes - 9624. Max Verstappen, Red Bull - 6395. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari - 1436. Daniel ricciardo, Red Bull - 137 already mentioned, six pilots have been at the head of the race this year. For comparison in 2016, the leader managed to visit also 6 pilots, in 2015 - 7 pilots, in 2014-m - 10 pilots in 2012 and 2013 - 13 pilots. And the record maximum of 15 pilots belongs to season 2008. Record-minimum of 4 of the pilot - behind the season 1988.Passed distance record remains Vettel, who in the 2011 season stayed on the first position 3794 km 65.5 of the race of all races.Leading in the race in the season 2017, teams, km1. Mercedes - 3833 63.2 per cent2. Ferrari - 14553. Red Bull - 775 consecutive year in this ranking no McLaren. Meanwhile, this team holds the record for leading in the race. In 1988 Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost drove in the first position 4622 km, but then the season consisted of 16 races, so in percentage terms 97,4 achievement of the British team remains out of reach.Maximum number of teams, pilots who managed to get in the head of the race, remains the leader of season-1975 - 10 teams. Only three teams could boast of leadership in 1953, 1988, 1992, 2000 and 2002 gg.
Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton said that he just couldn't allow his team to be second.Lewis Hamilton "We did a great job for the team, which was able to achieve a breakthrough in the second half of the season. When we went on summer break, I finished fourth and Valtteri first. It was important to me.During a break I thought I can't put the team before selecting who will be the first of us and who was the second pilot. I also couldn't allow his team to be second in the championship.The issue with the numbers I decided that I got to be first, not to give any chance to the team to think about who and who must give. This is the approach I will apply next year".
Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton said that this year Sebastian Vettel came under severe pressure.Lewis Hamilton "SEB has spent more this season than ever before. None of us is superhuman, and everything can fail, especially under extreme pressure. Some reach that point sooner, others later.It's like tennis. If Federer plays against Nadal, everyone is waiting for a little weakness in each other, that is, half a percent to win.I was lucky that the pressure eased. You saw it at the end of the season. Suddenly for me the pressure was over, although the results were sleeping. I compare this season with a 100-meter sprint Usain Bolt. Frequently gets a bad start, but then he goes back into the lead.I guess Vettel will restore their strength before the next season, but I'm not afraid".
The head of the FIA, Jean Todt said that the entire Federation is delighted with the level of performances of Lewis Hamilton.Jean Todt "We admire him and what he did. This is the best combination of man, team and machine.He was the best combination to achieve their results and to use your natural talent. How many years he still wants to work at that level We don't know.One day you Wake up and feel that it's time to do something else. Maybe he won't feel it, but I wish him well".
The Ferrari pilot Sebastian Vettel said that Lewis Hamilton is considered the fastest pilot modern Formula 1.Sebastian Vettel "Yeah, definitely. There is no doubt in his ability and his speed. It is very fast, and he does not make many mistakes.Jacques Villeneuve has said that Michael Schumacher was the best and the most difficult to fight an opponent. In that case, if you are struggling with the best, rise to the next level.I now agree with the criticism that poured on me years earlier. But today I became wiser and more experienced. I can be better".
During the past season on the podium managed to visit seven of the pilots. And the record for most finishes in the top three steel Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas for 13 podiums in 20 races.Podiums in the season-2017 pilots1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes - 13 Sebastian Vettel, The Ferrari - 13 Driver Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes - 134. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull - 95. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari - 76. Max Verstappen, Red Bull - 47. Lance Stroll, Williams - 1 career on the catwalk has been Stroll. For the third consecutive year in the top three never came Fernando Alonso.As already mentioned, seven pilots during the season were able to reach the podium. And the record over the past decade was 2008, when the top three were able to get 14 pilots.The number of pilots who were on the podium in recent years2017 - 7 2016 - 92015 - 102014 - 102013 - 82012 - 132011 - 72010 - 82009 - 132008 - 14 Mercedes in total have been on the podium 26 times. All the others put together 34.Podiums in the season 2017, commands1. Mercedes - 262. Ferrari - 203. Red Bull - 134. Williams - 1 in 2013 without a podium left the team Force India. As for McLaren this is the third consecutive season with no finishes in the top three.
Last season, eight of the pilots were able to show the best lap time during the race. The most distinguished champion Lewis Hamilton, for which he received the honorary prize of the DHL Fastest Lap. Last season the trophy went to Nico Rosberg.Best circles in the season 2017, the pilots1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes - 72. Sebastian Vettel, The Ferrari - 53. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari - 2 Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes - 25. Sergio Perez, Force India - 1 Fernando Alonso, McLaren - 1 Daniel ricciardo, Red Bull - 1 Max Verstappen, Red Bull - 1U Raikkonen is now 45 best circles, and for this indicator, the Finn ranks second in the entire history of the championship. First with a large margin is Michael Schumacher with an incredible result in 77 laps. The Hamilton 38 laps, and he takes the 4th place.Best circles in the season of 2017, commands1. Mercedes - 92. Ferrari - 73. Red Bull - 24. Force India - 1 McLaren - McLaren 1V while dreaming of podiums, but every year Alonso celebrated one of the best around. This time it was at the Grand Prix of Hungary.
At the end of next year contract expires Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, and rumor has it that the British can go to Ferrari. But the four-time champion in this doubt.Lewis Hamilton "I can't imagine will ever go to Ferrari, I don't think my attitude towards this issue will change.I've been involved with Mercedes for 13 years. No one in the League has not cooperated so much with the manufacturer as I am. I am proud to work for them, and hope to be able to finish his career here.The more pressure I am, the more critical the situation, the better it is for my personal growth.Mercedes is in great shape, and I don't see any other options to continue my career".
If last season the Mercedes team has won 20 of qualifications, this time its the pilots only earned 15 pole positions. A large part of the victories on account of Lewis Hamilton.The pole position of the season-2017 pilots1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes - 112. Sebastian Vettel, The Ferrari - 43. Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes - 44. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari 1 in his career earned the pole position, Bottas. And his compatriot, who plays for Ferrari, started from pole position for the first time since 2008The pole position in the season 2017, commands1. Mercedes - 152. Ferrari 5 comparison with last year, the Red Bull team was left without poles. But in the Ferrari after last year's lull won five qualifications. And in Monaco both drivers of the Scuderia started with the first line, for the first time since the Grand Prix of France 2008.Quick pole in the truest sense of the word came from Hamilton in Spa. The Briton drove a lap with an average speed of 245.867 km/h. a Year ago, the highest average speed was shown in Monza -257.038 km/h, but this time qualification in Italy took place on a wet track.The slowest lap traditionally happened in Monaco Kimi Raikkonen won the pole with an average speed of 166.438 km/h. the Biggest gap of the owner of the pole from the nearest rival recorded during a rainfall qualification in Italy, where Lewis Hamilton beat max Verstappen 1,148 seconds. Minimum separation happened in Japan, where Lewis Hamilton lost Valtteri bottas the only 23 thousandths of a second.
In an interview with Stuttgarter Zeitung, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has said that Fernando Alonso will never be his team-mate.Lewis Hamilton "Alonso will never be my partner Mercedes are well aware of the work of the team, comparing it with magnets. When there are two North poles, then the team just falls apart. So it was in 2007. So there must be one North pole and one South".Hamilton and Alonso were team-mates at McLaren-Mercedes in 2007. The season passed with scandals and ended with a lost title and a multimillion-dollar fine.
Finnish two-time Formula 1 world champion Mika Hakkinen has defended his compatriot Valtteri Bottas, who last season took third place.Mika Hakkinen "this year the Mercedes car was created taking into account the wishes of Lewis Hamilton. For Valtteri, it was the first season in the Mercedes, and this car did not suit his style of piloting. Now he must participate in the development of a new car.Next season will be new rubber, and I hope this will help, Valtteri. His partner is four-time champion is good in terms of education."Last season, Bottas won three races, while Lewis Hamilton stood on the top rung exactly three times more often.
In the last season to win the race managed five pilots is a significant progress compared to previous years when we won three or four.The winners of the races of the season-2017 pilots1. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes 92. Sebastian Vettel, The Ferrari - 53. Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes - 34. Max Verstappen, Red Bull - 25. Daniel ricciardo, Red Bull - 1After failed 2016 Vettel returned to the camp of the victors, winning five races. Bottas for the first time stood on the top step of the podium after he replaced overalls Williams to Mercedes.Winners of races of season 2017, the team1. Mercedes - 122. Ferrari - 53. Red Bull - 3V the previous three seasons, the pilots Mercedes won 16 races and more. This time the result was much more modest.
Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton admitted that he considered the best pilot of modernity Sebastian Vettel.Lewis Hamilton "Naturally, you want to compete with the best. Everyone has their opinion on who the best but, at least from the standpoint of number of titles, Sebastian is the one to whom all look up to.This year I had to work hard to surpass him. He played exceptionally well in the Ferrari. This year we have achieved the first places, really demonstrating the best of their opportunities.
Pilot Red Bull Daniel Riccardo said that he respects the achievement of Lewis Hamilton last season.Daniel ricciardo "Last season was in the hands of Lewis - I respect this achievement. He had a great car, but I think the car SEB was just as good, and Lewis just kept himself in better shape, not paying attention to provocations on the track and outside it. He showed the best level of consistency and composure. You have to respect that.He was always very quick and I think he had a great season.
The President of the FIA Jean Todt said that he forgives Sebastian Vettel for his actions in Baku.In the midst of his battle for the title of 2017, the pilot Ferrari crashed into the car of Lewis Hamilton during the safety car in Azerbaijan.Jean Todt "you Know, I'm very tolerant. I don't like people who judges the behavior, not taking into account the emotions swirling in the cockpit during the race.I'm cool with that because like I happened with Michael Schumacher. Remember that it was in Jerez in 1997 or Monaco 2006, when he made the stupid mistake in qualifyingPeople have weaknesses, but they all understand and say, "I'm not supposed to do that," then you must forgive this pilot. So it was with Sebastian".
The ex-pilot of Formula 1 mark Surer believes that Lewis Hamilton will leave the championship, when his private life become more important for him.Mark Surer "I think he was often distracted by his personal life. One day he might say, "Oh, man, I need to get away or to chase" I think it can happen to them at any time.Bottas stands in a different category. We clearly saw during the season. Valtteri didn't have enough speed to fight with Lewis. So the British just don't have motivation to fight for a new title.
Champion of the season in 2016 Nico Rosberg believes that there are signs that his former teammate Mercedes Lewis Hamilton will soon leave the championship.Nico Rosberg "He has hinted this year that he didn't want to spend so much time on travel. He would not have done this if I didn't think about it at least a little bit."However, it is expected that negotiations about prolongation of the contract with Hamilton in the Mercedes has already started.Toto Wolff "He is an important part of the team. He was a very strong pilot, and it helps him and the team. So I hope that he will be with us in the future.The current contract of Hamilton with Mercedes valid till the end of 2018.
Pilot Mercedes Lewis Hamilton said that he is not going to use the number "one", which is traditionally used by all the Champions of Formula 1. Moreover, Lewis is obliged to use this number in the next season.Lewis Hamilton "My engineers want it, other people want it. Still trying to get me to use the number "one" on the car, but I don't plan to change the number "44" is a personal. Everyone has a lucky number.Maybe I will enter "1" to "44" or something like that. Maybe we can play and make something similar. But I really don't like the number "1". "44" is my number".In 2015 and 2016 Lewis also refused to champion unity.
The Mercedes are predicting a bright future for max Verstappen.Lewis Hamilton "Max is a hot guy. Around him a lot of publicity, but the best way to stop them is to continue to overtake all. And the task for us is to overtake him in order to downplay the hype.Max has incredible skills. I think in 10 years it will be as good as me or Yourself now."Toto Wolff agrees "Verstappen could be the next superstar. But first he needs to complete his development and gain experience. The talent he already has, now waiting for a good car".
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton on the first day of tests in Abu Dhabi showed the 3rd result.Lewis Hamilton "I don't like to do tests, but I'm glad that first day went so well. I was able to collect a lot of useful information, driving a lot of laps. Looks like we were able to crack the secret of this rubber.To be honest, the composition Gipersoft is the best of what we over the years have given Pirelli. All the teams still hardish, but everything else was good.Well, after a day of work in the car I am ready to relax".
After the final race of the Formula 1 team remained in Abu Dhabi to hold a two-day test session and to get acquainted with new rubber.Today, the first day of testing behind the wheel of a Force India will sit Russian Nikita Mazepin and the Williams will work Robert Kubica. McLaren were allowed to use two cars because the tire tests in Brazil with the participation of the British team had to be cancelled due to security reasons.The composition of the teams, November 28- Mercedes Lewis Hamilton - Red Bull Daniel ricciardo - Ferrari Kimi Raikkonen Force India Nikita Mazepin - Williams Robert Kubica and lance Stroll - McLaren two cars Fernando Alonso and Oliver terve - Toro Rosso Sean Gelael - Haas Romain Grosjean - Renault Nico Hulkenberg - Sauber Marcus Ericsson.
Champion of the season in 2016, Nico Rosberg believes Lewis Hamilton drove this year at half strength.Nico Rosberg "I know where he went last year, and I'm probably the best judge. I'd say this season he's flying at half strength. He clearly could be better.During the season he had his strong and weak points, and like last season, Sebastian Vettel attempted to exploit those weaknesses. But the difference this year was the fact that, unlike in 2016, that Lewis has won almost everything for the Mercedes.Last year we had flown at such a high level that Valtteri bottas was the very hard to repeat that.In addition, I was genuinely surprised at how Mercedes have managed to adapt to the new rules. Very rarely it happens that after the transition to the new rules, the dominance of one of the teams goes on".
Although a complete rebranding of logo, Formula 1 will not start until the beginning of next season, the whole world saw him on the podium of the final of the season-2017 in Abu Dhabi.Commercial Director of Formula 1 Sean Patch "We wanted to introduce it now to help our partners understand how they can use it in the future. Many simply did not distinguish in the old logo symbols "F" and "1". The new logo became boee clear.Also it was difficult to see the impression of speed in the old logo. In the digital age, big brands like Starbucks and Coca-Cola, have simplified their logos for the sake of clarity, and this applies to us.Every time the brand is changing and especially a brand that evokes such passion, you should expect a similar reaction.It is normal that people don't like change, but I think it's good because it shows that people are interested in the brand."Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari "I like the old logo much more."The winner of the Abu Dhabi Valtteri Bottas added "What happened with the old logo"Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes "I think that the logo that we already have, is a landmark. Just imagine that Ferrari or Mercedes will change their logos".
The architect of the racing tracks of the Formula 1 Herman Tilke defended its track in Abu Dhabi after a frankly boring the final stage of the season 2017. Previously, some pilots and team leaders criticized the Yas Marina.Sports consultant to Red Bull Helmut Marko said after Sunday's race "It was one of the most boring races I can remember.Hamilton was probably faster than Bottas, but Max was faster than Raikkonen, but as soon as they came close, there was nothing I could do. We need to think about more interesting tracks for the championship.Lewis Hamilton agreed "I think they should change this track".Head of Mercedes Toto Wolff agrees "the Race was not very impressive. The championship is over and it plays a role, but with the new rules, these cars are incredibly difficult to overtake".Herman Tilke "In this race faster cars were ahead more slow, so overtaking was not, but it's certainly not the fault of the track. But we will discuss this in the future.I already have some ideas about changing a rotation that probably will have a big effect".
Lewis Hamilton the race was chasing his partner for Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas, but eventually finished only second, with a lag of four seconds.Lewis Hamilton "today I really did everything I could. Congratulations to Bottas, he did a great job. Each lap I attacked, especially in the last sector. I gave myself completely to this struggle, thanks to the team and all team members.Thanks for the support. I'll be back next year even stronger and fight for the new title".