Four years later, after six successful seasons with McLaren Mercedes, Lewis sought a new challenge – joining the works Mercedes team for the 2013 season. Lewis secured his first podium in a Mercedes Formula One car in only his second race with the team, at the Malaysian Grand Prix. A maiden victory followed eight races later in Hungary, helping Lewis to finish the season fourth overall in the Drivers’ standings.
2014 heralded the dawn of a new era for Formula One – and a second World Drivers’ Championship crown for Lewis, after taking 11 victories and 16 podiums along the way. The season-long battle with team-mate Nico Rosberg ended in dramatic fashion at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The following season, Lewis put in a dominant title defence, which yielded 10 wins and 17 podiums in total – en route to his third Drivers’ crown, equaling the great Ayrton Senna and compatriot Sir Jackie Stewart.
Lewis achieved a similar level of success in the 2016 season, scoring the most race wins (10) and most pole positions (12) of any driver. The Brit kept his World Championship hopes alive until the final weekend of the season in Abu Dhabi – but ultimately had to settle for the runner-up spot behind his team-mate Nico.
For 2017, Lewis came under pressure from Sebastian Vettel, trailing the Ferrari driver for the first part of the season before a stunning run of form catapulted him into the Championship lead at the Italian Grand Prix. Lewis secured his fourth World Title in Mexico with two rounds to spare and ended the year with the most race wins (10) and pole positions (11) of any driver.
The following season proved to be intense, with Lewis and Ferrari’s Vettel trading places at the top of the 2018 standings. But Lewis took command of the title battle in the second half of the year, securing his fifth Drivers’ Championship in Mexico and ending the year with 11 wins and 17 podiums.
Lewis’s career reached new heights in 2019. At the United States Grand Prix, with two rounds remaining, he scored his sixth F1 title. Lewis equaled the most wins (11) and podiums (17) he’s ever scored in a season, while also scoring the most points (413).
The 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was Lewis’ 250th race start in Formula One. He won 84 of those races, claimed 88 pole positions and 150 podium places.