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The truth about Hamilton’s dominance against his teammates

An unwritten rule in F1 says that the first driver you have to beat is your teammate and Lewis Hamilton has a pretty good record in his career so far.

The Briton started his journey in Formula 1 back in 2007 for McLaren. He went on against Fernando Alonso and in the final results he ended as runner up in the championship, only one point behind Kimi Raikkonen.

Since then, he went on to win 4 world championship with McLaren and Mercedes and proved that his not an ordinary driver. Now, the always excellent MarK Hughes, shows some interesting numbers after comparing the reigning world champion with his teammates over the years.

In qualifying, on average times, we can see that Hamilton beats drivers like Jenson Button, Heikki Kovalainen and Valtteri Bottas by 0.2s, but all of them are slower than Nico Rosberg, who was his teammate from 2013 to 2016. Only Fernando Alonso was the man that was faster than the 4-times world champion on average, but only for 0.014s.

In the races, we can see that Bottas has the lowest winning ratio over Hamilton (15.8%). Also, what is more interesting is that Rosberg, Button and Kovalainen have beaten the Briton in less than 40% of the races as teammates. The only driver that beat him was again Alonso with 54.55%.

As we can see, Hamilton has dominated against his teamamates over the years and seeing the numbers compared to Alonso in his first year in F1, proves that he is one of the best in recent years.

Now, the Briton wants to extend the winning streak against his teammate, Valtteri Bottas in 2018 and reach his 5th world title.