Lewis Hamilton is the 2020 FIA Formula One™ World Drivers’ Champion
Seven Formula 1 World Championship titles. Let that sink in for a second.
It’s a career-long ambition for any driver to win a championship in the crucible of racing that is Formula One, however seven titles is something all together different. Without getting lost in superlatives; it is absolutely historic. Lewis's incredible achievement means he becomes only the second driver in the sport’s history to be crowned a seven-time World Champion, equalling Michael Schumacher’s record established in 2004. What's more the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team are the first in F1 history to win both Drivers' and Constructors' titles seven times in a row.
Everything is subject to official confirmation by the FIA at the end of the year of course, but Lewis’ seventh title tops off what has been a remarkable year of racing. Since his win at the Portuguese Grand Prix, where he became the most successful driver in F1 in terms of race wins, Lewis has further cemented his legacy as one of the greatest drivers the sport has ever seen.
In the same vein of the championship records, most drivers would be pleased to pick up a couple of career records. Lewis however is currently the holder of 37 individual records. Covering wins, pole positions, points, fastest laps, podiums, and just about any other aspect of racing in Formula 1 you’d care to think of. Add to that, Lewis has won at nearly every circuit he has ever raced an F1 car on - save for the Indian, Korean and European Grand Prix - and only because those events have been dropped from the championship calendar.
Lewis Hamilton joined the Monster Energy family at the beginning of the 2013 Formula 1 season, when he signed for the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team. In 2017 Monster Energy and Lewis unveiled ’44’ - a signature drink named after Lewis’ race number with which he began his racing career, has won multiple championships, and currently races with in Formula One.
For now though we will let Lewis himself have the final word: “I’m definitely a bit lost for words. Naturally I have to start by saying a thank you to all the team that are here, and everyone back at the factories and all of our partners for enabling us and giving us this opportunity. I wouldn’t be able to do this if I hadn’t joined this team. This journey we’ve been on has been monumental; and I’m so proud of everyone. I want to say a big big thank you to TeamLH for sticking by me for all these years, and to my family!
We dreamed of this when I was young, when we were watching the Grand Prix - and this is way way beyond what we had ever imagined. It’s so important for kids out there to hopefully see this and know that you must never listen to someone that says you can't achieve something. Dream the impossible and make it into existence. You’ve got to work for it, you’ve got to chase it and you’ve got to never give up, and never doubt yourself!
Today we knew it was going to be a difficult weekend. We were massively disappointed with our qualifying position, and we knew we were on the back foot. We did the best we could but then we learnt a lot too. This is what we do as a team. There's no blame game - we hash it out, and we continue to try and improve our communication so that we can always move forwards. We don't always get everything perfect but today… I just kept my head down and kept pushing even when I thought the race was falling through my fingers. I felt like I had it under control, and I was going to deal with the rain if it dropped; but wow. Here we are! I can't believe it!”