2017 saw Lewis Hamilton become the most successful British driver as he took his 4th World Drivers Championship. Hamilton broke a lot of long-standing records over the course of the season. See where he stands now amongst the greats.
Most Successful Brit
Lewis Hamilton became the fifth driver in history – and the first Briton – to win four or more world titles.
- Lewis Hamilton, 4 titles (2008, 2014, 2015 & 2017)
- Jackie Stewart, 3 titles (1969, 1971 & 1973)
- Graham Hill, 2 titles (1962 & 1968)
- Jim Clark, 2 titles (1963 & 1965)
- Mike Hawthorn, 1 title (1958)
- Michael Schumacher, 7 World Championships
- Juan Manuel Fangio, 5 World Championships
- Alain Prost, 4 World Championships
- Sebastian Vettel, 4 World Championships
- Lewis Hamilton, 4 World Championships
Most successful Qualifier
Lewis Hamilton overhauled his idol, Ayrton Senna (in Canada) and Michael Schumacher (in Italy) to claim F1’s all-time pole position record, ending the season on 72.
- Lewis Hamilton, 72 Pole Positions
- Michael Schumacher, 68 Pole Positions
- Ayrton Senna, 65 Pole Positions
- Sebastian Vettel, 50 Pole Positions
Number of Laps Led
Lewis Hamilton surpassed 3,000 laps led for his career and is now only 2nd of all-time.
- Michael Schumacher, 5,111 Laps Led
- Lewis Hamilton, 3,517 Laps Led
- Sebastian Vettel, 2,990 Laps Led
Consecutive Points Finishes
Hamilton finished the season having scored points in every single race. His consecutive points streak actually stands at 25 races, dating back to the 2016 Japanese Grand Prix.
- Kimi Raikkonen, 27 Point Finishes (2012 Bahrain GP – 2013 Hungarian GP)
- Lewis Hamilton, 25 Point Finishes (2016 Japanese GP – 2017 Abu Dhabi GP, ongoing)
- Michael Schumacher, 24 Point Finishes (2001 Hungarian GP – 2003 Malaysian GP)
Hamilton ended the 2017 Season with 62 wins and now just 29 wins behind Michael Schumacher.
- Michael Schumacher, 91 wins
- Lewis Hamilton, 62 wins
- Alain Prost, 51 wins
- Sebastian Vettel, 47 wins
- Ayrton Senna, 41 wins
Hamilton’s 2017 Stats
- Wins: 9
- Podiums: 13
- Pole Positions: 11
- Fastest Laps: 7
- Total Points: 363pts