Lewis Hamilton roared to another Formula One title in 2017, but what big moments pushed him to victory? We investigate…
F1 2017: Hamilton’s Record Breaking Season, Sunday 31 December, 8.25am, Channel 4/HD (CH 104/141). Also available for 7 days in Catch Up > Channels > All 4
How do you put the cherry on the top of an F1 season that contained speed, controversy, excitement, verbal spats, daring overtaking manoeuvres, engine failures, pit lane penalties, and a thrilling title battle? The answer is by putting together an awesome documentary that reviews the season’s highs and lows, features an exclusive interview with Formula One World Drivers’ Champion Lewis Hamilton and is narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch.
The motor racing must-see accelerates on to Channel 4 this Sunday morning, and to get you in the mood for it here are the big moments that saw Hamilton claim an epic fourth title.
1. Mercedes’ Spanish masterplan
After winning two of the first four Grands Prix of the season, Sebastian Vettel went into the FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIER DE ESPAÑA PIRELLI with a 13-point lead over Lewis Hamilton. It looked like the Ferrari driver would extend this gap, when he charged past his title rival at the first corner, but some fantastic Mercedes tactics saw the Brit pass the German and claim a breathless –and much-needed – 3.5 second win.
2. The Baku argy-bargy
For the first third of the season, it looked like Vettel was cool, calm and collected and Hamilton was a man on the edge. This completely changed on a wild afternoon in Azerbaijan. The race featured no fewer than three safety cars, and during the second of these Vettel lost the plot and rammed in to the back of Hamilton’s Mercedes. He recovered his composure to finish one place ahead of Hamilton in fourth, but the damage was done. Hamilton was in Vettel’s head and he knew it.
3. Rule Britannia
Hamilton’s victory in the 2017 FORMULA 1 ROLEX BRITISH GRAND PRIX was especially sweet for three reasons. First, he achieved the clean sweep of pole position, fastest lap and race victory. Second, it was the fifth time he’d won his home Grand Prix, which equalled the record set by Jim Clark and Alain Prost. Third, it cut Sebastian Vettel’s lead at the top of the Formula 1 World Drivers’ Championship to just one point.
4. The Italian job
Talk about bursting the Ferrari fans’ bubble. Instead of cheering their favourite car to victory, Italy’s F1 addicts were forced to watch Lewis Hamilton power to a dominant victory. It was Hamilton’s third win in four races and it saw him take the lead in the Formula One World Drivers’ Championship for the first time in 2017.
5. The Singapore swing
Hamilton’s championship lead looked to be in danger when he could only qualify in fifth, as Vettel claimed pole position in Singapore. Unfortunately for the German, he was involved in a first lap crash with Max Verstappen and Kimi Räikkönen and had to retire. This left Hamilton with an open track and the Briton took advantage to top the podium and open up a 28-point title lead.
6. Sayonara Sebastian
The most exciting title race in years was all but over when Vettel retired after four laps of the 2017 FORMULA 1 JAPANESE GRAND PRIX. With the German in the pits, Hamilton made hay. Claiming his eighth win of the season to move 59 points ahead of his rival with just four races remaining. From there, the Brit kept things nice and steady to clinch the title in Mexico.
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