Hamilton's 7 F1 title-winning cars together for the first time

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McLaren and Mercedes will deliver all seven of Lewis Hamilton's F1 world championship-winning cars for display at this summer's Classic at Silverstone

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All seven of Lewis Hamilton’s Formula 1 championship-winning cars will be on display together for the first time this summer.

In tribute to the most successful grand prix driver in history, The Classic at Silverstone will showcase the cars from the Mercedes and McLaren team collections.

It will be a homecoming of sorts, at a circuit where Hamilton has emerged victorious eight times. The 2008 McLaren, and six Mercedes cars from 2014 to 2020 will be a centrepiece of this year’s ‘Best of British’ celebration at The Classic, which takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

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“It’s a real privilege for us to have all seven of Lewis’ title winners on show at The Classic this summer,” said Nick Wigley, CEO Goose Live Events, which promotes The Classic. “Lewis is already a legend and his incredible successes will forever be celebrated as a major milestone in motor sport history.”

Hamilton’s Formula 1 racing record stands at an unmatched total of 103 wins and pole position. His seven world championships are equal to those of Michael Schumacher.

The Mercedes driver was knighted in December last year, three days after he lost the title in a last lap shootout to Red Bull rival Max Verstappen.

He still has his eyes set on the record-breaking eighth title and said last month that he is ready to fight for it, despite Mercedes’ difficult start to the season.

 

Lewis Hamilton’s championship-winning cars

2008 McLaren F1 car of Lewis Hamilton

 

McLaren MP4-23

Year 2008
Races won 5 (Lewis Hamilton), 1 (Heikki Kovalainen)
Constructors’ championship points 151 (2nd overall)

By any measure, Lewis Hamilton’s debut F1 season in 2007 was a success but he was left wondering what might have been after missing out on the championship by a single point and falling out with team-mate Fernando Alonso. He was victorious the following year though: Hamilton won his first title with the team in only his second season, thanks to a dramatic final corner pass at Interlagos. The MP4-23 was also driven by Finn Heikki Kovalainen who took his maiden and only victory in Formula 1 at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

 

2014 Mercedes F1 car of Lewis HamiltonMercedes F1 W05 Hybrid

Year 2014
Races won 11 (Lewis Hamilton), 5 (Nico Rosberg)
Constructors’ championship points 701 (Champions)

This was Hamilton’s second season at Mercedes and Nico Rosberg’s fifth, but the former outperformed the latter and won his second title. The W05’s unmatched performance kickstarted the era of Mercedes dominance in the hybrid era. In Rosberg’s hands, it won the season opener by a whopping 27 seconds. After Hamilton’s win at the Malaysian GP that year, he described it as the best car he had ever driven — up to that point.

 

2015 Mercedes F1 carMercedes F1 W06 Hybrid

Year 2015
Races won 10 (Lewis Hamilton), 6 (Nico Rosberg)
Constructors’ championship points 703 (Champions)

There were 19 grands prix in the 2015 season and 12 of those resulted in a Mercedes 1-2. The W06 won 16 races that year and it holds the record for the highest percentage of points in a season (86.04%), the most podiums (84.21%), and most front-row lockouts at 15. With 381 points to Rosberg’s 322, Hamilton was a convincing champion for the third time, matching Ayrton Senna’s tally.

 

2017 Mercedes F1 car of Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG F1 W08 EQ Power+

Year 2017
Races won 9 (Lewis Hamilton), 3 (Valtteri Bottas)
Constructors’ championship points 668 (Champions)

A new car and a new team-mate. After Nico Rosberg won the fraught championship battle of 2016 and promptly retired, Hamilton found less opposition from Valtteri Bottas. He still had to see off Sebastian Vettel, who won five races that year for Ferrari. Nonetheless, with three races to spare, Mercedes claimed the constructors’ title at the United States Grand Prix. A win at the next round in Mexico, meant the fourth title was Hamilton’s with two races to spare.

 

2018 Mercedes F1 car of Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+

Year 2018
Races won 11 (Lewis Hamilton)
Constructors’ championship points 655 (Champions)

Hamilton was the only Mercedes driver who took the top step of the podium with the W09, winning 11 races as he beat Vettel to the championship once more with two races to go. The turning point was probably in Germany, where Hamilton started 14th and Vettel looked set to cruise to victory in front of a home crowd. But on a damp track, the Ferrari driver buried his car in the wall and the resulting safety car put Hamilton in the lead, having climbed to third.

 

2019 Mercedes F1 carMercedes AMG F1 W10 EQ Power+

Year 2019
Races won 11 (Lewis Hamilton), 4 (Valtteri Bottas)
Constructors’ championship points 739 (Champions)

Ten pole positions, nine fastest laps, seven front-row lockouts, and nine 1-2 finishes later, the W10 claimed the most points in Mercedes’ fight for the constructors’ title. The 739 points haul was unprecendented and the sixth title came easily. A sixth constructors’ championship in a row for Mercedes equalled the record set by Scuderia Ferrari between 1999 and 2004.

 

2020 Mercedes F1 carMercedes AMG F1 W11 EQ Performance

Year 2020
Races won 11 (Lewis Hamilton), 2 (Valtteri Bottas)
Constructors’ championship points 655 (Champions)

Mercedes’ 2020 championship contender claimed 15 pole positions and nine fastest laps, one of which was when George Russell drove the car at the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix. It also delivered 12 front-row lockouts, and five 1-2 finishes across 17 races. It even won at Silverstone with three wheels after a late puncture for Hamilton, who went on to win his seventh championship. Hamilton and the W11 also hold the record for the fastest pole position lap, clinching it at an average speed of 164.3mph and time of 1min 18.887sec at the Italian Grand Prix.