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Lewis Hamilton (GBR, ART Grand Prix).
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The Silverstone mega moments that cemented Hamilton’s legend status

He’s won his home race a record eight times – but Lewis Hamilton was making his name among the Silverstone faithful even
before he’d driven an F1 car in anger. Here, with a little help
from those who know him best, STUART CODLING names four of his
feistiest British Grand Prix weekends…

The mainstream audience was several months out from learning Lewis Hamilton’s name. But those attending the 2006 British Grand Prix got a taste of what was surely coming to Formula 1. After several years of dominance by Ferrari and Michael Schumacher, ticket sales had been on the wane and many in the crowd had at least one eye on footballing matters in Germany where, on the Saturday, England faced Paraguay in the first Group B game of the FIFA World Cup.

“Genius” was how Autosport described Hamilton’s outstanding drives in the two GP2 Series races which formed the top of the supporting programme at Silverstone that year. “On a weekend when World Cup fever swept across the home of British motor racing, his dominance put the focus firmly back on the track and was further proof that here is a star in the making.”

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