Hamilton's Best Wins Part 1

By Stephen Williams

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A win last weekend in Mexico meant that Lewis Hamilton equalled Alain Prost in achieving 51 Grand Prix victories.  Only Michael Schumacher lies ahead of him on 91 wins.  Lewis has now won on 23 different circuits in his career so we take a look back at his best wins. 

10. US 2012

This was the inaugural Grand Prix at The Circuit of the Americas in Austin.  Sebastian Vettel took pole and stretched out an early lead.  Lewis hunted down both Red Bulls and once he was free of Mark Webber, Lewis then only had Vettel ahead of him. Sebastian was compromised by traffic through the first sector allowing Lewis to get closer than ever and he took his chance to take the win.  It was one of the rare occasions during Vettel's time at Red Bull that the two were able to race on track.  

9. Germany 2008

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Lewis had led the race from pole position comfortably, but the timing of a safety car due to a heavy crash for Timo Glock changed the course of the race.  McLaren opted to keep Lewis out while most cars pitted for fuel and tyres.  He was unable to pull out the time needed to make a pit stop and rejoin in the lead, so would have to overtake on track if he wanted the victory.  His teammate, championship rival Felipe Massa and former GP2 rival Nelson Piquet Jr stood in his way.  Lewis overtook them all to win, showing his ability to race his rivals and beat them on track.

8. Monaco 2016

Having been held up by his teammate in the opening stages, pole man Daniel Ricciardo was able to develop a strong lead in the pouring rain around the Principality. Rosberg released Hamilton, and he hunted down Ricciardo.  An inspired decision to stay out on wet tyres on a drying track gave him track position over Ricciardo, a lead which he defended forcefully.  When Ricciardo's pit stop was delayed, it ruined his chance of jumping Hamilton and he had to settle for second.  Amazingly, this was Lewis' fist win of the season at the sixth attempt, and his first win at Monaco since 2008.  

7. Japan 2014

Although this race was overshadowed by the devastating incident to Jules Bianchi, it was a stunning victory for Lewis.  Rosberg had taken pole but Lewis followed him fiercely.  He weighed up his strengths over Rosberg and spotted turn one as his chance.  It was crucial for the championship and a statement to Rosberg about Lewis' ability when driving in the rain.  Using drs he closed on the start/finish straight and as Rosberg went to cover the inside line, Lewis glided around the outside to take the lead, and the win.  

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6. Austria 2016

On paper this should have been an easy victory for Hamilton. He started on pole while Rosberg started further down the field due to a gearbox penalty.  Although Lewis led the race with ease, a strategic blunder by Mercedes enabled Rosberg to undercut Hamilton.  Not only was Rosberg ahead, he had the tyre advantage.  This did nothing to stop Lewis' charge and on the final lap he had his chance.  He moved to the outside as Rosberg defended the inside line, but as Rosberg refused to turn for the second corner, contact was inevitably made.  Lewis managed to get ahead and hold onto the win while Rosberg was penalised for his driving and limped home for fourth.

Which of Lewis' wins will be in the top 5?