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Genuine improvement on 2010, almost matching team mate Rosberg in final standings. With Mercedes well off the pace of top three teams, fourth place in Canada – the team’s best result of the year – a real achievement.
His comeback proves harder than expected and he struggles with the handling characteristics of the 2010 car. Initially unable to compete with team mate Rosberg in
qualifying, and poor grid slots compromise races. Improves steadily, but ends a dissapointing ninth in final standings.
Makes unconvincing noises about standing in for injured Felipe Massa at Ferrari which ultimately fall through due to neck problems, but then announces a full-time return with the new Ross Brawn-led Mercedes team for 2010.
Takes the title race to the final round, by which time he has already
announced his imminent retirement, but ultimately loses out to Fernando
Finally loses crown as Ferrari and Bridgestone tyres prove no match for Renault
and McLaren rivals. Takes a sole win in depleted US race after Michelin
withdrawal. Finishes third in driver standings, helping Ferrari to same
place in constructors’ championship.
Wins his seventh drivers’ championship in style with an amazing 13 victories
from 18 races. Retires just once, in Monaco, following a controversial collision with Montoya under the safety car.
Although pushed hard by the likes of Juan Pablo Montoya and Kimi Raikkonen after a poor
start to the season, he fights back to clinch a record sixth drivers’ title at the final round in Japan.
Wins a hat-trick of drivers’ titles, rewriting the record books of the sport
in the process. Draws level with Juan Manuel Fangio on five world
championships and helps Ferrari to take the constructors’ crown in each
season as well.
Crashes at the British Grand Prix and breaks his leg. Returns for the Malaysian
Grand Prix and helps Ferrari to its first Constructors’ Championship
Takes the title fight to the last race of the season but then stalls on the
grid at Suzuka, losing the championship to Mika Hakkinen.
Finishes second in the drivers’ championship, but is then disqualified after a
collision with eventual champion Jacques Villeneuve at the final race of
Joins Ferrari and starts on the long process of turning the team’s fortunes around. Finishes third in the drivers’ championship.
Wins his second drivers’ title with Benetton.
Wins his first drivers’ championship with Benetton amidst controversy -
colliding with nearest rival Damon Hill in the last race of the season.
The Benetton proves no match for rival Williams car. He wins one race en route to fourth in the standings, having retired from seven rounds.
Wins the Belgian Grand Prix and finishes third in the drivers’ championship driving for Benetton.
Makes Formula One debut for Jordan standing in for the jailed Bertrand Gachot, but moves to Benetton after one race. Takes four drivers’ championship points.
Wins German Formula Three championship.