On Sunday, Lewis Hamilton notched up Mercedes’ first win of the 2018 season in Azerbaijan. This means that Hamilton has won at every track on the current F1 calendar that he has raced on. This is of course, with the exception of France, who is introduced this year on a different track than earlier.
The Briton debuted in 2007 and has stamped his authority on nearly every circuit since then. The only circuits where Hamilton has not got on the top step are Istanbul Park and Magny Cours.
Other than those setbacks, Lewis has won a few times at each track and Baku has just joined the list. Here are some of the circuit records and circuit stats that Hamilton has under his belt
Lewis Hamilton has had 2 wins at the Albert Park Circuit, in 2008 and in 2015. Coincidentally, he went on to win the championship in the same year. Both wins were from different teams, namely once for Mercedes and once for McLaren. The wins helped fuel the belief that the driver who wins in the first race of the season will win the championship. But there have been occasions where a driver has won the opening race but not the championship.
Hamilton has won twice at the Sakhir International Circuit and both times have been for the Mercedes F1 team. Both wins were during the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
The 4-time World champion has bagged 5 wins at the Shanghai International Circuit. His first win was in 2008, his championship-winning year. This was followed by 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2017.
Believe it or not, this is Hamilton’s maiden win in Baku, having finished 5th in his first outing in 2016 and again in 2017. The 2017 race was more controversial due to Vettel’s infamous collision and Lewis having issues with his headrest.
The Mercedes driver has won the Spanish GP just twice in his career. Of course, that statistic could change in 2 weeks time. His first win was in 2014 and his last win was in 2017.
Hamilton has won just twice in the principality, namely in 2008 and in 2016. This also means that he has won there for 2 different teams.
At the Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve, Lewis Hamilton has a very good record. He has won 6 times at the Canadian GP. Incidentally, it was the scene of his maiden win in 2007. He won again in 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Can Lewis make it 4 wins in a row in Montreal?
Since its return to the F1 calendar since 2003, the Austrian GP has been running for 4 years. Of those 4 years, Hamilton has only won once with 2 second places and a retirement in the remaining races.
Yet another place where Hamilton excels in. He has had 5 wins at Silverstone, with his first home win in 2008 for McLaren. A British driver in a British team, it was a dream come true for the local populace. Following a slight lull, he picked up the slack in 2014 for Mercedes and won 4 in a row.
Hamilton also staked his claim at the German GP, with 3 wins overall. To be more specific, with the German GP shared by 2 tracks, Hamilton has won 2 in Hockenheim and one at the Nurburgring.
Hungary is also a track where Hamilton has performed well. He has had 6 wins at the Hungaroring. The first one in his debut year in 2007. This was followed by wins in 2009, 2012, 2013, 2016 and 2017.
This circuit is a fan favourite of most drivers. Hamilton, himself has won 3 times at the Circuit de Spa Francorchamps. The first win was in 2010 followed by wins in 2015 and 2017. He also won in 2008, by was handed a 25 second penalty, handing the win to Felipe Massa.
Believe it or not, Lewis Hamilton has won in Ferrari’s own backyard. He has done so 4 times in his career. The first win was in 2012 for McLaren followed by 2014, 2015 and 2017 for Mercedes.
Since its inclusion in 2008, Hamilton has won 3 times. His first victory under the stars was in 2009 followed by 2014 and 2017.
Since its debut in 2014, Hamilton has won twice. He won the inaugural race and followed it up with a win in 2015.
Hamilton has claimed the Japanese GP crown 4 times in his career. His first win was in 2007 followed by victories in 2014, 2015 and 2017.
Hamilton has won the US GP 5 times in his career. The first win was back in 2012 at the inaugural race at the Circuit of the Americas. He followed it up with triumphs in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
The Mexican GP returned to the F1 calendar for the first time since 1992. Hamilton has staked his claim at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez once, in 2016.
Surprisingly enough, Hamilton has only won the Brazilian GP just once. He has fond memories of the Interlagos Circuit, having wrapped up the 2008 title in a dramatic fashion. But he has only won in 2016.
Abu Dhabi GP
Since its introduction in 2009, Hamilton has only won 3 times in his career. The first win was in 2011 with McLaren, followed by 2014 and 2016 for Mercedes.
The only race to not feature is the French Grand Prix, which Lewis Hamilton has never won, neither for McLaren nor for Mercedes. The French GP ran until 2008 at the Magny Cours circuit. This year, the French GP returns, albeit at the Paul Ricard circuit.