Last weekend Lewis Hamilton became the third driver in the history of Formula One to score 50 wins.
In his tenth year of Formula One, Hamilton has never failed to win at least one race in every season he has competed in. Here are all 50 of his victories to date in pictures.
McLaren took a risk by putting a rookie in one of their cars in 2007 but their faith was instantly rewarded. Hamilton finished on the podium first time out in Melbourne, and returned to the rostrum in each of his first nine races.
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That run included a breakthrough win in Canada and follow-up victory the next weekend in the USA. Further wins in Hungary and Japan but him on the brink of championship glory, but a stunning turnaround in the final two races allowed Kimi Raikkonen in to grab the crown.
Hamilton bounced back from the disappointment of his final-round defeat by winning the first race of the new season in Melbourne.
Four more wins in 2008 proved enough for Hamilton to clinch the title – and it would have been five had it not been for a controversial disqualification at Spa. That handed victory to Felipe Massa, who came within one lap of beating Hamilton to the title in Brazil.
McLaren and Hamilton’s fortunes took a downward turn in 2009 with the uncompetitive MP4-24. But a major mid-season update transformed the car, and Hamilton took two wins.
Jenson Button arrived to replace Heikki Kovalainen and, to the surprise of many, won two races in the MP4-25 but Hamilton had won any. But it was Hamilton who put the most convincing title bid together and was still in the hunt at the final race. He ended the season just 16 points behind champion Sebastian Vettel.
In a difficult 2011 season in which he was involved in an unusual number of collisions, Hamilton nonetheless picked up three more wins including a gem of a drive at the Nurburgring.
Another year of what might have been as a string of car problems ended Hamilton’s championship bid. The MP4-27 failed too often but it was also quick, and he collected four wins over the course of the season.
However it was after a gearbox problem robbed him of a potential victory at Singapore that Hamilton finally took the plunge and threw his lot in with Mercedes.
A single victory in 2013 left many wondering whether Hamilton had taken the right decision by switching teams. The doubters were quickly disproved.
Mercedes had worked harder and earlier on the new 2014 engine regulations than their rivals, and increased their budget too. The result was they began 2014 with a standard-setting power unit which no one has since been able to beat.
A combination of technical problems and a few run-ins with his team mate Nico Rosberg left Hamilton on the back foot until late in the season. With double points on offer at the last race of the year left the title remained in doubt until Rosberg’s car broke down in Abu Dhabi. Hamilton won the world champion for a second time – and ten races as well.
Title number three was straightforward by Hamilton’s standards: he routed Rosberg for much of the year, though a tactical error at Monaco cost him a victory in the Principality. It didn’t matter: his ninth win of the year at the Circuit of the Americas secured a third championship.
Reliability problems and slow starts have so far compromised Hamilton’s efforts to claim the championship for a third year. But his 50th career victory in Austin last weekend keeps him in the running with three races to go.
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