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Lewis Hamilton: ranking his seven Formula One world titles

From the drama of 2008 to a record-equalling success in 2020, we rate Lewis Hamilton’s world championship wins

Lewis Hamilton’s seven titles clockwise from left: For McLaren in Brazil (2008), Nico Rosberg makes a mistake at Monza (2014), victory in Singapore (2018), clashing with Sebastian Vettel (2017), leading the pack in Monte Carlo (2019), the British GP in 2015, and on the podium at Istanbul 2020.

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Lewis Hamilton’s seven titles clockwise from left: For McLaren in Brazil (2008), Nico Rosberg makes a mistake at Monza (2014), victory in Singapore (2018), clashing with Sebastian Vettel (2017), leading the pack in Monte Carlo (2019), the British GP in 2015, and on the podium at Istanbul 2020. Photograph: Getty, Reuters, Rex/Shutterstock
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1) 2008: Final-race drama in Brazil
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Hamilton won his first title on the final corner of the final race of the season in Brazil. Seven points ahead of the Brazilian driver Felipe Massa, he needed to finish fifth or better if Massa won his home grand prix. Massa duly won the race for Ferrari while Hamilton was overtaken by Sebastian Vettel on lap 69 at São Paulo, which pushed him into sixth. But on the final corner, aided by rain he swept past a struggling Timo Glock to secure the required fifth-place finish and pip Massa by a single point for the championship. At the time, he was the youngest driver to win it, making up for the desperate disappointment of losing the 2007 title in the last race.

How Hamilton saw it: “It’s pretty impossible to put into words. I thought – do I have it? Do I have it? And when they told me I was ecstatic.”

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Hamilton celebrates his maiden title win in 2008.
Hamilton celebrates his maiden title win in 2008. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA
2) 2014: First title with Mercedes
After a fallow spell with McLaren and an unmemorable first year with the Silver Arrows, Hamilton emerged into a dominant car at the start of the hybrid era. The championship was characterised by his tit-for-tat battle with his teammate, Nico Rosberg. After a contentious coming together with Rosberg in Belgium, Hamilton went on to dominate the second half of the season, pressuring Rosberg into an error in Monza that gave him the momentum to win five races on the bounce. He took the title under the double-points rules in the final race in Abu Dhabi.

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How Hamilton saw it: “This is the great day of my life: 2008 was a special time, but the feeling I have now is way, way past that, above and beyond. It’s the greatest feeling I’ve ever had. This is like an outside-the-body experience.”

3) 2018: Battle with Ferrari
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The Ferrari was quicker for most of the season and Vettel seemed in control of the championship heading to Germany. The German driver was on pole, Hamilton 14th, but Hamilton won the race, chasing Vettel down in the rain, with his rival crashing out. From there on, Vettel seemed haunted, another error in Italy aiding Hamilton and in Singapore, at a race it was believed would favour Ferrari, Hamilton produced one of the greatest qualifying drives to sit on pole, saying: “That lap felt like magic.” He won the race, and then the title in Mexico to equal Juan Manuel Fangio’s five world championships.

Celebrating another title in Mexico in 2018.
Celebrating another title in Mexico in 2018. Photograph: PA Wire/PA
How Hamilton saw it: “It’s definitely the best year I feel. It was the goal when I won the championship last year. I asked how can I improve? How can I be a better all-round driver, not just in the car but with my team in the garage, with the engineers and in the factory? I feel this year I have been able to lift them all up.”

4) 2017: Revenge for 2016
Having lost the title to his teammate Rosberg in 2016, who immediately retired, Hamilton returned more motivated and focused than ever with a new teammate in Valtteri Bottas. Ferrari were very strong and it was his first title battle with Vettel. In Baku, the eighth race of the season, the rivalry boiled over, Vettel going into Hamilton when the race was under the safety car, costing him dearly. Although the Ferrari driver held the championship lead into the second half of the season, from Belgium on, Hamilton cruised with Vettel crashing in Singapore and suffering reliability issues elsewhere. In Mexico, Hamilton was champion again, despite finishing ninth having collided with Vettel on the opening lap.

How Hamilton saw it: “It was a horrible way to do it, to be honest … A big thank you to my family and my team. Mercedes have been incredible over the last five years and I am so proud to be a part of it. I never gave up. It was not the [type of] race I wanted. I kept going right to the end. I just want to lift it up to my family, and God and my team.”

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5) 2019: Masterstroke in Monaco
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This season was about the first half rather than the second for Hamilton; the foundations of his title coming from six wins in seven races having lost the opener in Australia to Bottas. The European leg included an inspired decision from his team to win on old rubber in Monaco. He conceded niggly penalties and Mercedes suffered what their team principal, Toto Wolff, described as “a bad day” that “could not have got much worse” in Germany, but by the United States GP in early November, he had secured title number six. It was his third consecutive title, recorded with a second-placed finish in Austin after Bottas overtook him late in the race.

Racing to victory in Monaco, 2019.
Racing to victory in Monaco, 2019. Photograph: Mark Thompson/Getty Images
How Hamilton saw it: “Still we rise, still we rise. What an incredible weekend. Thank you so much guys for today, and to everyone who came out. I can’t believe it. I really can’t believe it.”

6) 2015: To-and-fro with Rosberg
Hamilton v Rosberg the sequel was marked by tension and squabbles, markedly in China and Monaco as the team won all but three of the season’s 19 races. At Silverstone, Hamilton’s decision-making in the wet was peerless and kickstarted a run in which he won six out of eight races. He sealed his third world championship in a wheel-to-wheel battle with Rosberg at the US GP, pressuring his rival into an error in the final 10 laps and winning the championship with three races remaining.

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How Hamilton saw it: “I remember my first British championship when my dad and I drove home singing We Are the Champions. It’s hard to believe I’m sat here as a three-time champion.”

7) 2020: Dominant and relentless
In a season unlike no other as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, Hamilton was calm and unthreatened, his focus on leading F1’s battle against racism. He was nonetheless ruthless in closing out the title, beating his teammate Bottas from second in Imola to tighten his grip on the championship. In Turkey Hamilton displayed patience as well as speed, gradually working his way up after starting sixth and eventually taking the lead on the 37th lap. To underline his superiority he lapped Bottas, who finished 14th and out of the points, giving Hamilton an unassailable 110-point lead. His 10th race win of the campaign sealed the title and equalled Michael Schumacher’s record of seven drivers’ world championships.

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A world champion for the seventh time, Hamilton smiles after his 10th victory of the season in Istanbul.
A world champion for the seventh time, Hamilton smiles after his 10th victory of the season in Istanbul. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images
How Hamilton saw it: “We dreamed of this when I was young, when we were watching the grands prix … and this is way, way beyond our dreams. It’s so important for kids out there to hopefully see this – don’t listen to anybody that tells you you can’t achieve something. Speak it into existence, you’ve got to work for it, you’ve got to chase it. Never give up and never doubt yourself.”

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Stephen Curry reacts to Lakers swiping away championship member of Warriors

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On Thursday, as the NBA’s free-agency period opened up, the Los Angeles Lakers got Juan Toscano-Anderson to agree to sign with them.

Toscano-Anderson just won an NBA championship as a member of the Golden State Warriors, and Stephen Curry gave him some love on Twitter.

The 6-foot-6 forward grew up in Northern California and played four seasons of college ball at Marquette University. After going undrafted in 2015, he spent some time playing internationally and in the G League before the Warriors added him to their roster for the 2019-20 season.

Toscano-Anderson contributed to them as a bench player who could make things happen at both ends of the floor, and he managed to shoot 40.2 percent from 3-point range during the 2020-21 season.

One of the reasons the Warriors were able to go all the way this year was their immense depth at the wing spot. Players such as Toscano-Anderson, Jonathan Kuminga, Otto Porter Jr., Andre Iguodala and Damion Lee came in off the bench to give them 3-point shooting and defense to help their cause.

This past season, the Lakers lacked serviceable depth at both forward positions, as they had to make do with Trevor Ariza and Carmelo Anthony, both of whom looked washed up.

Toscano-Anderson may not be a game-changer for L.A., but he can help it hold down the fort, and at age 29, he is far younger than Ariza and Anthony, which by itself will help the team moving forward.

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Why Stephen Curry will host ESPN’s ESPYS Awards

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NBA Finals MVP Stephen Curry is hosting the ESPN ESPYS Awards next month, and “never imagined he would “have the privilege of hosting this special event.”

Warriors star Stephen Curry will continue to be in the spotlight as he hosts ESPN’s annual ESPYS awards on July 20 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

The 34-year-old is not only a contender for Best NBA Player, but he’s also a finalist for Best Male Athlete alongside Aaron Rodgers, Shohei Ohtani and Connor McDavid. Curry was also nominated for Best Record-Breaking Performance for overcoming Ray Allen for the most made three-pointers in the history of the NBA.

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The ceremony comes a month after Golden State’s seventh NBA championship title, which is also their fourth in eight years.

What are the ESPYS Awards?

The ESPYS Awards, which stand for ‘Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly’, is an accolade to recognize individual and team athletic achievement and sports-related performance during the calendar year before a given annual ceremony.

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The awards help raise awareness and funds for the V Foundation for Cancer Research, the charity founded by basketball coach Jim Valvano and ESPN back in 1993. Over the past 29 years, ESPN has helped raise more than $165 million for the foundation.

Who will be honored at the ESPYS Awards 2022?

The nominees for the event have already been announced with the best NBA player including CurryNikola Jokić, the Denver Nuggets center, Joel Embiid, the Philadelphia 76ers center and the Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Dončić.

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ESPN Executive Editor-At-Large Rob King explained in a statement why Curry is the chosen presenter this year. “Steph has long been one of the brightest stars in the sports constellation, and we’re thrilled to have him share his passion for sports, his wit and his boundless talent with The ESPYS. Whether shining on the court, engaging with fans on social platforms or demonstrating a commitment to communities through varied philanthropic acts, he’s a singular performer who’ll undoubtedly add luster to our celebration of some of this year’s most compelling moments.”

In addition to the NBA awards, former heavyweight boxing champion and mayor of KyivVitali Klitschko will also be honored with the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage. Retired Army Command Sergeant Major Gretchen Evans, who is also an author and athlete, will be honored with the Pat Tillman Award for Service presented by MassMutual. And last but not least, the college basketball legend, broadcaster and hall-of-famer Dick Vitale will be honored with the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance.

 

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Draymond Green Explains Why Stephen Curry Is Now Unstoppable In Isolation: “He’s The Strongest Guy On The Team… That Allowed Him To Score Whenever He Wanted…”

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Stephen Curry is the best point guard in the league, and there’s no doubt that he’s one of the best scorers as well. Curry won the scoring title during the 2020-21 season, and it’s possible that he will win another one in the future.

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It is quite clear that Stephen Curry is one of the toughest covers in the league, and some people would call him unstoppable. Draymond Green is someone that believes that, and he has recently claimed that the reason Stephen Curry is unstoppable is due to his increased strength, even claiming that he’s the “strongest guy” on the Warriors. (21:15):

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“The reality is is we got to a point where we needed to be able to give someone the ball that can just go get a bucket, and Kevin was already there. I don’t think Steph was there yet. So it gets us through those two years, we get those two championships, but while we’re doing that Steph is continuing to work and evolve, and most importantly, becoming the strongest dude on our team. And to this day, he’s the strongest guy on the team. And that allowed him to score whenever he wanted because you can no longer bump his off his path…That’s where Steph turned a corner and he became unstoppable, and now we’re able to continue wining championships because he’s unstoppable.”

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There is no question that Stephen Curry is hard to guard when he’s on fire, and now he’s definitely much better at creating his own shot, which makes him an even more unstoppable player. That was on display during these playoffs, and Curry hit many big baskets as the leader of the Golden State Warriors.

The Golden State Warriors just won the 2022 NBA championship behind Stephen Curry as the lone superstar on the roster. They might repeat next season, and forward Draymond Green has already claimed that they would win 3 of the next 4 championships. It is too early to say that they will win three more championships, but as long as Stephen Curry is still playing at a high level, they’ll have a good chance of getting to the Finals every year.

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Boston bar continues incredibly lame war of words with Warriors’ Steph and Ayesha Curry

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The battle between a Boston bar and the Curry family continued this week heading into Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

Game On! outside Fenway Park doubled down on its stupid joke about Ayesha Curry after it improbably got a response from her husband earlier this week.

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The bar put up a new sign with an all-caps “STILL” to its message that “Ayesha Curry can’t cook” and attached a couple packets of instant ramen, perhaps implying that’s all the cookbook author and restaurateur can actually prepare.

This feud initially picked up right before the Warriors’ 107-97 Game 4 win over the Celtics in Boston, when the bar posted a sign that simply said, “Ayesha Curry can’t cook,” in chalk on a sandwich board. The Golden State point guard then fired back with a shirt that read, “Ayesha Curry CAN Cook,” which he wore after his team’s Game 5 win against the Celtics on Tuesday.

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“I’m the petty king, so I know all about everything,” Curry said Wednesday. And he really did mean EVERYTHING.

It’s hard to see where Steph goes from here in this feud, which has devolved into two sides doing a yes-she-can-no-she-can’t back-and-forth. Does he break out another shirt that simply changes this sign’s “can’t” to a “can” again? Does he eat his wife’s food while doing his postgame press conference? Does he simply come out and say that the chef at the bar taunting his wife’s cooking prowess is the real one who can’t cook? Who knows? Neither side is exactly expending a whole lot of creativity, that’s reserved for the Dubs fans review-bombing the restaurant on Yelp.

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One thing that’s for certain: The Warriors can close out the NBA Finals on Thursday with a Game 6 win in Boston and haven’t lost since this feud caught the attention of Warriors fans. Maybe the bar owners just want this series to be over sooner rather than later.

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How Stephen Curry’s father Dell helped him polish his shooting ability

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It takes lots of effort and work ethic to became a four-time NBA champion and receive a Finals MVP award, but Stephen Curry has managed to achieve both, having his father Dell as his role model.

The Golden State Warriors guard comes from a basketball family, with his father having played and with his younger brother Seth currently plying his trade at the Brooklyn Nets.

“He’s definitely better than I was,” his father Dell told GQ in 2016.

“I had a two-dribble limit. He’s probably best off the dribble. His range is definitely farther than mine was.

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“But it’s a different NBA. I would never take 35-foot 3-pointers with 17 seconds on the shot clock.”

Dell spent 16 years in the NBA, featuring for teams such as the Utah JazzCleveland Cavaliers and Charlotte Hornets, winning the Sixth Man of The Year prize back in 1994.

“I saw my dad and how he carried himself as a professional and it helped me transition into the NBA,” Curry said in 2018.

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When Steph struggled in his bid to polish his shooting ability, his father spent a summer with him before his sophomore year reworking his jumper and release from the inside out.

“[It was] the most frustrating summer for me,” Stephen told Sports Illustrated in 2013.

“I really couldn’t shoot outside the paint for like the first three weeks. All summer when I was at camps people were like, ‘Who are you, why are you playing basketball?’

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“I was really that bad for a month and a half [before] I finally figured it out.”

His brother Seth said that Curry even thought about giving up and he would end up crying in practices.

It was at Davidson college when Curry finally stood out, registering 40.8 percent in three-pointers as a freshman and 43.9 percent as a sophomore. He also set an NCAA record for most three-pointers made in a single season with 162.

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“He was a good shooter,” his father said.

“But when he started shooting against the best in the world, that’s when I knew, ‘Oh, okay’.”

Curry was selected by the Warriors in the 2009 draft and, along with Klay Thompson,Draymond Green and coach Steve Kerr, established one of the most successful teams in the NBA history

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