How Many Poles Does Lewis Hamilton Have With Mercedes F1?

Published 10/02/2021, 3:45 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates with the Pirelli Pole Position Award after qualifying in pole position FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Lewis Hamilton is arguably one of the most successful drivers in F1 history. Along with immaculate skill, the Briton has amassed statistics never seen in the sport during a career spanning 14 seasons and counting.

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One of those statistics involves the number of pole positions he secured throughout his career. While he started brightly at McLaren, his dominance began in the second season of his career with Mercedes.

How many pole positions did Lewis Hamilton clinch with Mercedes F1?

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At just 22 years old, Hamilton made his F1 debut with McLaren. In his second season with the British outfit, he won his first driver’s world championship after a dramatic Brazilian Grand Prix. Needing a fifth-place finish, the Stevenage-born driver passed Timo Glock on the final lap to deny home hero Felipe Massa his maiden F1 driver’s title.

After the 2012 season, Hamilton signed for Mercedes whom he joined from the 2013 season. Although they didn’t challenge for the world championship straightaway, the Silver Arrows took over from the 2014 season.

Along with two different teammates, the Briton helped Mercedes clinch seven constructor’s world championships on the trot. In addition, he added six more driver’s championships to his own tally, matching the total of seven set by Michael Schumacher.

At the Spanish Grand Prix this year, Hamilton made history by becoming the first to reach 100 pole positions in his career. However, this was only his 74th pole position in nine seasons with the Silver Arrows.

At the Hungarian Grand Prix a few months later, he clinched his 101st pole position, and 75th with Mercedes. Prior to joining the German outfit, he recorded 26 pole positions with McLaren.

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When did Hamilton clinch his first pole position with Mercedes F1?

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He achieved this feat in his debut season with the Silver Arrows. In the 2013 Chinese Grand Prix, the Briton put in the fastest lap in the final qualifying session, 0.2s faster than second-placed Kimi Raikkonen. He ultimately finished the race in third, with Fernando Alonso taking the race win with Ferrari.

MONTMELO, SPAIN – MAY 10: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP talks with race engineer Peter Bonnington as he prepares to drive during practice for the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 10, 2013 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Steve Etherington/Getty Images)

Hamilton went on to clinch five pole positions that year. Apart from China, he secured pole positions in Silverstone (Great Britain), Nurburgring (Germany), Hungaroring (Hungary) and Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium).

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His first career pole came in his debut F1 season in 2007 at the Canadian Grand Prix. The Briton would go on to clinch his first career win in the same race, marking the start of one of the most successful careers in the history of the sport.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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