11-20: Hungary 2007-Bahrain 2008
11-20: Fast facts
Wins 3 (Hungary, Japan, Australia)
Poles 4 (Hungary, Japan, China, Australia)
Fastest laps 1 (Japan)
Laps led 200
Japanese Grand Prix (67 laps), Fuji Speedway – September 30 2007
A weekend of foggy weather and thick, heavy rain shows no sign of letting-up on race day and the first grand prix at Fuji for 30 years starts behind the Safety Car. It takes until lap 19 to go green and Lewis, who’d started from pole, quickly opens up an advantage at the front of the field. He’s left to cruise to victory when team-mate Fernando Alonso crashes out late in the race. It’s the first triple crown of his F1 career: pole, victory and fastest lap.
Lewis looks back
“I remember arriving in Japan in a very determined mood – after a couple of average races, I really wanted to get a good result. Also, I’d watched the Japanese Grand Prix on TV when I was much younger: it was a place where Ayrton had won his championships and I knew it was a special place for him and his fans, so it’s always had a special place in my heart too. The Japanese fans are some of the best in the world – loyal, humble and incredibly polite – and it’s always a great experience to go there.
“The 2007 race was the first time we’d raced in Fuji since the 1970s, and, although it was weird not to be racing at Suzuka, it soon became pretty obvious that Fuji Speedway was an amazing place. The race itself was weird, because it was so unbelievably wet and we spent so much time behind the Safety Car, but I just stayed relaxed and kept my focus. This was one of the most difficult wins of my career.”
Career so far: wins 5; poles 7; fastest laps 2; laps led 371; points 123