It was another record-breaking year for Lewis Hamilton. Here are all the facts and statistics from his 2019 season, in which he made his way to winning a sixth World Championship.
In 2019, Lewis Hamilton took one step closer to equalling Michael Schumacher as statistically the greatest F1 driver of all time. After a four race tussle for the lead of the championship, since his win at the Spanish Grand Prix – and his subsequent three consecutive victories – Hamilton controlled the title hunt and eventually ended up 87 points ahead of anyone else.
Though his qualifying performances dropped in 2019, admitting himself that his Saturday game needed improving, Hamilton’s star quality shone through again this season. Only five races this year were led from start to finish – all five of them by Hamilton. In total, he won over half of this year’s races.
The best moment of Hamilton’s season would surely be his record-breaking sixth British Grand Prix victory, in which he won by the largest margin of the season. And the worst moment? A rare clumsy manoeuvre on Alex Albon, costing the young Red Bull driver and himself a podium finish. All in all though, it was a peerless year for the six-time World Champion.
A STATISTIC FROM EVERY GRAND PRIX:
Australia: After taking a sixth consecutive Australian Grand Prix pole, Lewis Hamilton failed to win from pole position for the 37th time in his career. It meant that he became the driver to have taken pole and failed to go on to win on the most occasions, beating Ayrton Senna’s previous record. Senna had held the record since he took it from Nelson Piquet at the 1989 Brazilian Grand Prix, almost exactly 30 years previously.
Bahrain: With his 74th win, Lewis Hamilton recorded his eighth top three finish at the Bahrain International Circuit, equalling Kimi Raikkonen’s record tally of podiums at the track. Hamilton has now scored more points than any other driver at the circuit, usurping Sebastian Vettel from the top spot.
China: With his 75th win in the 1,000th World Championship race, Lewis Hamilton has won 7.5% of all F1 races. Having also won the 900th race, it marked the first time a driver has won two of F1’s milestone races. Hamilton led every lap of the race. On Lap 15 he became the second driver to have led 4,000 laps of races in F1 history. He also became the first driver to lead more than 300 laps at the Shanghai International Circuit.
Azerbaijan: At the 2019 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton became the driver to have qualified in second on the most occasions. It was his 54th time qualifying in second, overtaking Alain Prost’s record of 52 second places; set in his final race, the 1993 Australian Grand Prix. Hamilton went on to lead a single lap of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix – the first time he has led a solitary lap of a race since the 2016 Singapore Grand Prix. At this point, he was the only driver to have led a lap in three races so far in the season, as well as only driver to have led laps in three Baku races.
Spain: Lewis Hamilton set the fastest lap of the race for the first time in the 2019 season, making the 2019 Spanish Grand Prix the first time that he’s taken 26 points away from a Grand Prix. The only time he had scored more than that in a single race was at the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, where he took 50 points for his victory – a result of double points being awarded for the race.
Monaco: For the third time in 2019, Lewis Hamilton led every lap at the Monaco Grand Prix. With his 85th pole position, he set a new record for the most pole positions with the same constructor. Hamilton’s Monaco pole was his 59th pole with Mercedes, surpassing Michael Schumacher’s record of 58 poles with Ferrari.
Canada: With Lewis Hamilton leading two laps of the 2019 Canadian Grand Prix, this race was the 600th Grand Prix to be led by a British driver. It’s the least number of laps Hamilton has led on the way to victory, beating his previous record of three laps led in the 2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
France: Lewis Hamilton won for the 79th time in his career at the 2019 French Grand Prix. It was his second victory at Circuit Paul Ricard, making him only the third driver, after Nigel Mansell and Alain Prost, to take multiple wins at the track. The race also marked his 200th points-scoring appearance.
Austria: After finishing fifth in the 2019 Austrian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton led the Drivers’ Championship by 31 points. It was the first time he had led the championship after the Austrian Grand Prix since 2015.
Britain: At the 70th British Grand Prix to be held as a round of the F1 World Championship, Lewis Hamilton became the first driver to record six victories at the event, surpassing Alain Prost’s former record of five wins at Silverstone and Jim Clark’s tally of five British Grand Prix wins. Hamilton also equalled Prost’s record of the most Grand Prix wins at home – though Michael Schumacher has more wins on home turf, with nine in total (including his wins at the European Grand Prix).
Germany: Before the Alfa Romeo drivers received their penalties, Lewis Hamilton was set to record only the eleventh point-less finish of his F1 career at the 2019 German Grand Prix, and his first since finishing twelfth at the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix. Instead, Hamilton recorded a ninth place finish for the sixth time in his career. The last time he finished ninth was at the 2017 Mexican Grand Prix.
Hungary: Lewis Hamilton recorded his 81st Formula 1 victory at the 2019 Hungarian Grand Prix, putting him ten wins away from equalling Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of 91 wins. Hamilton became the first driver to have taken back-to-back wins at the Hungaroring on two occasions, having previously done so in 2012 and 2013.
Belgium: With second place in the 2019 Belgian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton, recorded his eighth podium finish at the Spa Francorchamps circuit, putting him one away from equalling Michael Schumacher’s record tally of nine Spa podiums.
Italy: Lewis Hamilton finished in the third place for the first time in 2019 at the Italian Grand Prix. It was also the first time Hamilton has finished in third at Monza during his career.
Singapore: At the 2019 Singapore Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton equalled Michael Schumacher as the driver to have led the most Grands Prix in Formula 1 history. Hamilton led seven laps, making this the 142nd race which he has led laps of. Schumacher led his 142nd and last race at the 2011 Japanese Grand Prix.
Russia: In 2019, the Russian Grand Prix became the twelfth event which Lewis Hamilton has won at least four times. Hamilton led 28 laps of the Russian Grand Prix on his way to victory, making it the 143rd race which he has led – more than any other driver in F1 history.
Japan: Lewis Hamilton recorded his worst qualifying position of the season so far at the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix with fourth place on the grid. It was the first time he qualified outside of the top three since the 2018 German Grand Prix, and the first time he qualified outside the top three without a car issue since the 2018 Canadian Grand Prix.
Mexico: With his win at the 2019 Mexican Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton finished on the podium for the 100th time with Mercedes. He’s only the second driver to have taken 100 podiums for a single team. Michael Schumacher took 116 podium finishes with Ferrari.
United States: Lewis Hamilton became a six-time Formula 1 World Champion at the 2019 United States Grand Prix. It made him the second most successful F1 driver of all time, overtaking Juan Manuel Fangio’s tally of five titles. He now sits just one title behind Michael Schumacher’s record of seven World Championship wins. Hamilton is the fourth driver to have won the title in three consecutive seasons, after Fangio, Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel. His championship win marks the eighth time that the Drivers’ Championship has been won in the USA. He’s the first driver to have secured a title in the country twice, having previously won his third title at COTA in 2015. The race also marked his 150th podium appearance.
Brazil: With his post-race penalty applied, Lewis Hamilton finished seventh for the eighth time in his career at the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix. It was the first time he has done so since the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix. It was also the first time he has finished outside of the top four at the Brazilian Grand Prix since 2013.
Abu Dhabi: Lewis Hamilton ended the 2019 season in style with his 84th Formula 1 victory at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. It was his fifth win at the Yas Marina Circuit and his eleventh win of the 2019 season. He also recorded his 88th pole position, his first since the German Grand Prix – ending his longest pole drought since joining Mercedes. As a result of picking up the extra point for the Fastest Lap in the race, Hamilton became the first driver to have scored more than 25 points at a circuit twice, having previously picked up 50 points for winning the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Hamilton led the race from start to finish, which saw him equal Ayrton Senna as the driver to have led the most races from beginning to end.
After graduating in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky Haldenby, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. Now in its sixth season, the blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics. Nicky also writes at F1Destinations and Motorsport Guides. In 2017 and 2018, he wrote for Badger GP. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast.