Lewis Hamilton

  • Mercedes knew Hamilton was in trouble before Russian GP start
    (Reuters): Mercedes knew Lewis Hamilton was going to be in trouble with Formula One stewards when they saw where he was practising his starts for the Russian Grand Prix, according to engineering director Andrew Shovlin. The six-times world champion, on pole position at Sochi on Sunday, was handed two five second penalties and ended up third in a race won by team mate Valtteri Bottas. The penalties put on hold his bid to equal Michael Schumacher's record 91 wins and trimm
  • They're trying to stop me, says unhappy Hamilton
    (Reuters): Lewis Hamilton accused Formula One stewards of trying to stop him winning after being handed two time penalties in Sunday's Russian Grand Prix. The punishment, for infringements before the race had even started, cost the six-times world champion the lead and the chance to fight for a record-equalling 91st career win. The Mercedes driver finished third after starting on pole position. "I need to go back and see what the rules are and what exactly I did
  • FIA moves to rule out repeat of Hamilton's Breonna Taylor T-shirt
    (Reuters): Formula One's governing body set out new pre- and post-race rules for driver attire on Sunday in a move that bars world champion Lewis Hamilton from wearing campaigning T-shirts on the podium. The Briton wore a black T-shirt at the Tuscan Grand Prix two weeks ago with the words "Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor" on the front and a photograph of the slain Black medical worker on the back with "Say her name". Taylor was killed by pol
  • Hamilton on pole in Russia with sights on Schumacher record
    (Reuters): Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton roared back from qualifying drama at the Russian Grand Prix on Saturday to put his Mercedes on pole position for what could be a record-equalling 91st victory. Red Bull's Max Verstappen seized second place on the starting grid for the race in Sochi, with Hamilton's team mate and closest title rival Valtteri Bottas having to settle for third. Hamilton, who has a 55-point lead over Bottas in the championship, wi
  • Serena rooting for F1 champion Hamilton as both eye records
    (Reuters): Tennis great Serena Williams expects Lewis Hamilton to overtake Michael Schumacher as Formula One's most successful driver of all time as both she and the Briton chase their own sporting records. Williams has her sights on a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title at the French Open while six-times world champion Hamilton has his first chance to match Schumacher's record 91 wins at this weekend's Russian Grand Prix. "He is for me the greatest drive
  • Lewis Hamilton fastest in final Russian GP practice
    (Reuters): Formula One world championship leader Lewis Hamilton showed his pace on Saturday with the fastest lap in final practice for a Russian Grand Prix that could bring him a record-equalling 91st career win. The 35-year-old Briton led a Mercedes one-two on top of the timesheets, with Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas 0.776 seconds slower after setting the pace in both Friday sessions. Six-time world champion Hamilton, who set his best time of one minute 33.279 seconds w
  • Hamilton set to equal Schumacher's record 91 wins
    (Reuters): Lewis Hamilton is one win away from matching Michael Schumacher's all-time record 91 and the Mercedes Formula One driver will be favourite to get the job done in Russia on Sunday. Some felt Schumacher's tally might never be equalled when the seven-times world champion celebrated his last win in China in 2006. Hamilton, a winner since his debut 2007 season and now making his 260th start, stands on the cusp of doing just that at a circuit that did not exist
  • Hamilton says he will not let up on campaigning for justice
    LONDON, September 15 (Reuters): Six-times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton said he would not let up on using his platform to campaign for racial justice as the sport's governing body confirmed there would be no investigation into his actions at the Tuscan Grand Prix. The Mercedes driver wore a black T-shirt on Sunday declaring "Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor" on the front of it and 'say her name" on the back over a photograph of the slain e
  • Hamilton says safety car re-starts putting drivers at risk
    LONDON, September 14 (Reuters): Six-times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has called for a rethink on how races are re-started behind the safety car because he fears drivers are being put at risk. Sunday's Tuscan Grand Prix at Mugello was stopped twice due to crashes, the first time after a four-car pile-up when backmarkers accelerated too soon. Valtteri Bottas had been leading for Mercedes and controlling the pace, backing the pack up and delaying his getaway
  • Hamilton on brink of Schumacher record after three-in-one win
    Reuters Six-times world champion Lewis Hamilton took his tally of Formula One wins to 90 and the brink of Michael Schumacher's record on Sunday, but he said it felt like he had just done three in a day. The Briton's latest victory, in a Tuscan Grand Prix that was twice red-flagged and re-started, left him one shy of the Ferrari great -- a record once held up as a milestone to withstand the test of time. "Hectic," said the 35-year-old Mercedes driver, when ask
  • Lewis Hamilton takes 90th win in red-flagged Tuscan GP
    (Reuters): Lewis Hamilton celebrated the 90th win of his Formula One career, one short of Michael Schumacher's all-time record, after a crazy crash-strewn Tuscan Grand Prix on Sunday that was twice stopped and re-started. The six-times world champion's Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas completed the Mercedes one-two at the Ferrari-owned Mugello circuit in central Italy. Red Bull's British-born Thai driver Alexander Albon, whose Dutch team mate Max Verstappen reti
  • Lewis Hamilton wears 'arrest the cops' T-shirt ahead of Tuscan GP
    (Reuters): Six-times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton took a knee before the start of the Tuscan Grand Prix on Sunday with a message on his shirt declaring "Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor". The words "say her name" and a photograph were on the back of Briton Hamilton's shirt. The Mercedes driver, the sport's only Black competitor, has previously worn a "Black Lives Matter" T-shirt in similar pre-race gestures against
  • Mercedes take the blame for Hamilton's Monza error
    LONDON, September 9 (Reuters): Formula One leader Lewis Hamilton should not have blamed himself for an error that denied him a 90th career victory at last Sunday's Italian Grand Prix, Mercedes said on Wednesday. The six-times world champion entered a closed pitlane at Monza after Kevin Magnussen's Haas was stranded nearby, a mistake that changed the race. Hamilton, who had led from pole, finished seventh after a penalty dropped him to last and AlphaTauri's French
  • Lewis Hamilton launches Extreme E team
    Beijing, September 8 (IANS): Reigning Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has launched a team to compete in next year's inaugural Extreme E racing series. The move marks Hamilton's first foray into team management, with his squad's X44 name referencing the number he has carried on his Mercedes F1 car since 2014, reports Xinhua news agency. However, Hamilton will not drive or be involved in the day-to-day running of the outfit as he is all but certain to remain in
  • Motor racing: Hamilton opens up about difficult days and loneliness
    (Reuters): Formula One world championship leader Lewis Hamilton spoke on Thursday of loneliness and the "difficult days" of racing in a COVID-19 bubble, but said it was important to be open about it. The six-times champion, one of the world's highest paid athletes, has won five of seven races in a rescheduled season that started only in July due to the pandemic. The 35-year-old Mercedes driver had posted a message on social media earlier explaining how there we
  • Dominant Hamilton cruises to Belgian GP win
    SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium, August 30 (Reuters): Lewis Hamilton extended his lead at the top of the overall Formula standings with an unchallenged drive to victory in Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix. The Briton, who started from pole and led every lap, crossed the line 8.4 seconds ahead of team mate Valtteri Bottas who gave Mercedes a one-two finish. Max Verstappen, taking his sixth consecutive podium finish in his Red Bull, was third. Hamilton's win at a sunny Spa-Francor
  • Hamilton dedicates Belgian pole to "superhero" Boseman
    (Reuters): Lewis Hamilton dedicated his superlative Belgian Grand Prix pole position lap to "superhero" Chadwick Boseman, the Black Panther film star who died after a four-year battle with colon cancer on Friday. "A superhero died last night," Hamilton, the sport's only Black driver told reporters on Saturday after storming to pole in his Mercedes with the fastest lap ever recorded around the Spa-Francorchamps track. "That was really weighing hea
  • Hamilton takes dominant win in Spanish Grand Prix
    (Reuters): Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton cruised to victory in Spain for the fourth year in a row on Sunday to celebrate a record 156th podium finish and stretch his overall lead to 37 points. The victory from pole position at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya was the 88th of the Mercedes driver's career, and one of the more straightforward, with all but the top three lapped on a sweltering afternoon of few thrills. Hamilton is now just three wins short of
  • Hamilton expects another tough battle with Verstappen
    (Reuters): Lewis Hamilton expects another tough battle with Red Bull's Max Verstappen on Sunday despite securing pole position on an all-Mercedes front row at the Spanish Grand Prix. Verstappen is now the six-times world champion's closest rival, the Dutchman 30 points behind after winning last weekend's 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone and finishing second in the two races before that. The 22-year-old will line up third on the grid, one slot higher tha
  • Hamilton says engine mode change not a problem for Mercedes
    (Reuters): Six-times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has shrugged off a plan to restrict cars' engine modes in qualifying, saying it will have little impact on slowing his dominant Mercedes team. The governing FIA confirmed at the Spanish Grand Prix on Thursday that the 10 teams had been informed a change was being evaluated. A technical directive could take effect at the Belgian Grand Prix later in August. The change would require teams to use the same engi