If there was the best debut award for Formula 1, it would undoubtedly go to Lewis Hamilton. His debut season in 2007 is still considered one of the biggest surprises anyone saw in Formula 1. He finished third in his first ever Formula 1 race. Hamilton went on to have a good season, but it had a bitter ending, he lost the championship by just 1 point. That was just the starting for the talented young driver now after almost eleven years Lewis Hamilton has established himself as one of the best in Formula 1. Lewis Hamilton now has five Formula 1 World Championships to his name, and it doesn't look like he is in a mood to stop. Over the course of his career, we have witnessed some terrific races of his that deserve a recall.
Here is a list of the top 5 races of Lewis Hamilton:
#5. 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix
After winning the championship in 2008, Lewis Hamilton was defending his drivers' title in 2009. He had the worst possible start to his title defense, after the first five races of the season Hamilton did not even score a single point. Hamilton started the race in the fourth place behind Webber, Vettel, and Alonso. Alonso and Vettel had to retire due to mechanical failure, Hamilton had the lead and never looked back after that. He won his first race as the reigning champion and also ended his dry run without points. It was also the first win for a car running on Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS).
#4 2010 Turkish Grand Prix
The 2010 Turkish Grand Prix is still remembered as it was the race which sparked the rivalry between Vettel and Webber. Red Bull drivers Vettel and Webber were running first and second, in the battle to take the lead they both collided which forced Vettel to retire, and Webber lost some places and was not in a position to take the lead anymore. This incident left Hamilton and his McLaren teammate Jenson Button in a wheel-to-wheel battle for the win. It was looking like McLaren would repeat what Red Bull had done, but Hamilton came out on top just by a few seconds.
#3 2008 Monaco Grand Prix
Have you ever seen a driver win a race in Monaco after colliding with the wall? Lewis Hamilton did just that. He went on to win the even after he was forced to pit with a right-rear puncture early on in the race when he collided. Though he lost only a few places due to the wet conditions, his team's clever long-fuel strategy got him back his place in the front. He again was in danger of losing out on the race win after he got another Tyre puncture on the last lap but he managed to get his McLaren-Mercedes car over the line on time to win the race.
#2 2008 British Grand Prix
The 2008 British Grand Prix was one of the most closest races Formula 1 fans witnessed. Hamilton won the race beating Nick Heidfeld by just a margin of 68 seconds. Hamilton started the race on the 4th place, but at the very first corner, he overtook Webber and Räikkönen and then became the race leader in the 5th lap after he got the better of Heikki Kovalainen. It was difficult to overtake as it was a wet track but Hamilton managed to lap everyone except the other podium finishers. Hamilton displayed some resilience to tackle the wet track and came out on top, none of the other racers were even close to Hamilton that day in any aspect. This was one of the best driving performance of Lewis Hamilton; he was on another planet that day.
#1 2007 Canadian Grand Prix
This race is the obvious choice for the number one or numero uno in this list as this the first ever win for Lewis Hamilton in Formula 1. Hamilton started the season with a bang, securing five podiums in the first five races but was unable to get a win. The Canadian Grand Prix was the 6th race of the season, where finally Hamilton was able to secure the win. He qualified for the race in the 1st place and went on to win the race without losing his position even once despite the four safety car deployments. The 22-year-old rookie Lewis Hamilton finished the race at the first place which was his first, and he has added another 60 plus wins till now. Although he had already announced his arrival with five podium finishes, this was the official announcement.