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Lewis Hamilton: Life in the fast lane

Photos Logo Photos | Slide 1 of 25: NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP poses during the launch of the Mercedes formula one team's 2017 car, the W08, at Silverstone Circuit on February 23, 2017 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Winning a Formula One championship is a special achievement… after all, only 20-odd drivers compete in one of the most physically and technologically demanding motor racing competitions on the planet. Winning five – that is extraordinary. Only one man – the legendary Michael Schumacher – has won more than Lewis Hamilton, and the German's record of seven (once thought unbeatable) is now under threat. 

As the British driver prepares to defend the title he has won in four of the last five years, we look at some highlights from his racing career.

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