Lewis Hamilton’s 16-race drive to a third Formula One title

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Winner Hamilton wins from pole as only 15 cars race after Marussia fail to start, Valtteri Bottas is injured during qualifying and Daniil Kvyat and Kevin Magnussen’s cars break down during the out-lap

Race positions, standings in brackets 1st Hamilton (25pts), 2nd Rosberg (18), 3rd Vettel (15)


Runner-up Again Hamilton starts on pole and gets away well but when both Mercedes cars pit with the safety car out, Sebastian Vettel stays put and takes a commanding lead, leaving the Briton in second

1st Vettel (40), 2nd Hamilton (43), 3rd Rosberg (33)


Winner Three races, three starts from pole, and a second victory. Hamilton is accused of slowing in the middle of the race to compromise Rosberg, with the Briton admitting to “controlling my own race”

1st Hamilton (68), 2nd Rosberg (51), 3rd Vettel (55)


Winner Pole once more and a third race win from four for the Englishman, extending his championship lead to 27 points. Kimi Raikkonen comes second after brake problems deny Rosberg that spot

1st Hamilton (93), 2nd Raikkonen (42), 3rd Rosberg (66), 5th Vettel (65)


Runner-up The first part of a Rosberg fightback after Hamilton fails to take pole for the first time. The German starts well and Hamilton, starting from second, is overtaken by Vettel

1st Rosberg (91), 2nd Hamilton (111), 3rd Vettel (80)


Third Back on pole and away without any trouble at the beginning of the race only for a pit lane mix-up to see Hamilton pit with the safety car out having led by 20 seconds. Rosberg and Vettel capitalise

1st Rosberg (116), 2nd Vettel (98), 3rd Hamilton (126)


 Winner Pole again and a fourth victory in Montreal. The tactics are spot-on after problems in Monaco and Hamilton wins by 2.2sec from Rosberg with Valtteri Bottas in third

1st Hamilton (151), 2nd Rosberg (134), 3rd Bottas (57), 5th Vettel 108


Runner-up Hamilton starts on pole but is overtaken by Rosberg on the first bend and can find no way back, losing by 8.8sec after a 5sec penalty for crossing the white line when exiting the pit lane

1st Rosberg (159), 2nd Hamilton (169), 3rd Massa (62), 4th Vettel 120

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Winner After a series of dull races, a thriller. Hamilton starts poorly from pole and finds himself behind Felipe Massa. With rain forecast, Hamilton swaps to intermediate tyres – an inspired decision

1st Hamilton (194), 2nd Rosberg (177), 3rd Vettel (135)


Sixth A week after the death of Jules Bianchi, pole again for Hamilton. Though Mercedes’ worst race of the year – with Hamilton sixth and Rosberg eighth – the Briton extends his lead

1st Vettel (160), 2nd Kvyat (45), 3rd Ricciardo (51), 6th Hamilton (202), 8th Rosberg (181)


Winner Straightforward for Hamilton, especially after Rosberg starts poorly and slips to fifth. He makes up ground but does not have enough to reel in his team-mate. Romain Grosjean is third

1st Hamilton (227), 2nd Rosberg (199), 3rd Grosjean (38), 12th Vettel 160


Winner An 11th pole from 12 races for Hamilton (the “best weekend I’ve ever driven”) but the most crucial aspect is Rosberg’s engine failing with three laps remaining, opening up a gap of 53 points 1 Hamilton (252), 2 Vettel (178), 3 Massa (97), Ret Rosberg (199)


Did not finish Now it is Vettel’s turn to win from pole. Hamilton, starting from fifth, retires, allowing Rosberg an opportunity to close the gap. The German could only finish fourth, however

1st Vettel (203), 2nd Ricciardo (73), 3rd Raikkonen (107), 4th Rosberg (211), Ret Hamilton (252)


Winner Rosberg starts on pole but is overtaken at the start by Hamilton and slips to fourth when his car develops problems. Rosberg battles back to second but finishes 18.9sec behind Hamilton

1st Hamilton (277), 2nd Rosberg (229), 3rd Vettel (218)


Winner Rosberg, needing victory to stay in the title race, begins on pole but soon retires with a broken throttle pedal. Hamilton wins, while Vettel overhauls Rosberg in the standings

1st Hamilton (302), 2nd Vettel (236), 3rd Pérez (54), Ret Rosberg 229

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Winner In a race of fluctuating fortunes, Hamilton retains the title after forcing an error from Rosberg. Vettel’s championship hopes end when he fails to finish second

1st Hamilton (327), 2nd Rosberg (247), 3rd Vettel (251)

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