2014 heralded the dawn of a new era for Formula One - and a second World Drivers' Championship crown for Lewis, after taking 11 victories and 16 podiums along the way. The season-long battle with team-mate Nico Rosberg ended in dramatic fashion at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The following season, Lewis put in a dominant title defence, which yielded 10 wins and 17 podiums in total – en route to his third Drivers’ crown, equalling the great Ayrton Senna and compatriot Sir Jackie Stewart.
Lewis achieved a similar level of success in the 2016 season, scoring the most race wins (10) and most pole positions (12) of any driver. The Brit kept his World Championship hopes alive until the final weekend of the season in Abu Dhabi – but ultimately had to settle for the runner-up spot behind his team-mate Nico.
For 2017, Lewis came under pressure from Sebastian Vettel, trailing the Ferrari driver for the first part of the season before a stunning run of form catapulted him into the Championship lead at the Italian Grand Prix. Lewis secured his fourth World Title in Mexico with two rounds to spare and ended the year with the most race wins (10) and pole positions (11) of any driver.
The following season proved to be intense, with Lewis and Ferrari’s Vettel trading places at the top of the 2018 standings. But Lewis took command of the title battle in the second half of the year, securing his fifth Drivers’ Championship in Mexico and ending the year with 11 wins and 17 podiums.
Lewis backed this up with a sixth F1 title in 2019, securing the crown at the United States Grand Prix with two rounds to spare. He equalled the most wins (11) and podiums (17) he’s ever scored in a single season, while also scoring the most points (413). The finale in Abu Dhabi was his 250th race start.
His record-breaking run of success continued in 2020, in what was a challenging season featuring various calendar changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During the course of the year, Lewis surpassed Michael Schumacher’s record of F1 race wins and at the Turkish Grand Prix, he matched Michael’s record of world titles with his seventh Drivers’ Championship.
For 2021, the records kept on coming for Lewis, and he also became the first driver to reach 100 wins and 100 pole positions in the sport’s history. Lewis finished second in the Drivers’ Championship, just missing out on the title to Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after a hard-fought, season-long battle, and helped Mercedes to its eight consecutive Constructors’ title.