Lewis Hamilton joins circle of three-time Formula One World Champions

Lewis writes another chapter in his success story by winning a third Formula One World Championship title.

Lewis Hamilton has done it. He has become World Champion for the third time in his career with victory at the US Grand Prix in Austin and with three races to go before the end of the season. So, Lewis joins an elite circle of Formula One legends whose names have been immortalised during the 65?year history of the premier class of motor racing.

"Lewis is riding the crest of the wave and having an incredible season," said Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport. "He has built himself into this team since 2013 and has helped carry us forward with his determination and hard work. He has easily won the most races this year and thoroughly deserves this third World Championship title."

Statistics: Three-time Formula 1 World Champions







Jack Brabham

1959, 1960, 1966





Lewis Hamilton

2008, 2014, 2015





Niki Lauda

1975, 1977, 1984





Nelson Piquet

1981, 1983, 1987





Ayrton Senna

1988, 1990, 1991





Jackie Stewart

1969, 1971, 1973





  • 2015 United States Grand Prix Sunday
    2015 United States Grand Prix Sunday

Level pegging with unforgotten legends

By winning a third World Championship, Lewis draws level with a number of drivers in terms of world titles, including with a certain Niki Lauda, who he still sees regularly at race weekends. After all, Niki is Non-Executive Chairman of the Silver Arrows team.

But not only that, and Niki will forgive him, Lewis has also drawn level with the man, who has shaped his career since early childhood: Ayrton Senna. As a child, Lewis used to sit at home with his father on the sofa and watch the three-time Champion race.

"I've always said that I wanted to get as close as possible to Ayrton's tally of victories and World Championship titles at some point," said Lewis. "This is really something special. Who would have thought I would achieve so much one day?"

  • 2015 United States Grand Prix Sunday Lewis Hamilton
    2015 United States Grand Prix Sunday Lewis Hamilton

The magic ten

Now, you might think that the number 'three' would definitely be the number of this Formula One year, but you would be very wrong. A different number comes to the fore in actual fact after Lewis' third World Championship title – ten.

Why? It's quite simple. Lewis is now one of ten Formula 1 drivers who have won three or more World Championships. Only four drivers have been more successful: Record Formula One World Championship winner Michael Schumacher, Formula One legend Juan Manuel Fangio, the 'professor' Alain Prost and Sebastian Vettel. Two drivers in all from this quartet have lined up in a Silver Arrow at some point during their careers.

Since Austin, Lewis is now also one of ten Formula One World Champions, who have succeeded in winning at least two titles in a row. Five-time champion Juan Manuel Fangio and Flying Finn Mika Häkkinen both successfully defended their world titles, using Mercedes power.

And the third 'ten': Lewis is actually also one of ten British Formula One World Champions. He is the only one of them to have won two World Championships in a row.

And yes, there is even a fourth 'ten'. Lewis set another record with his tenth win of the season on Sunday in Austin. He is the first driver in Formula One history to secure more than ten Grand Prix victories in two consecutive seasons. Only three drivers so far have achieved ten or more wins in one season: Michael Schumacher (2002, 2004), Sebastian Vettel (2011, 2013) and now Lewis (2014, 2015).

So, four lots of 'ten' for Lewis. Sounds like magic, doesn't it?

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