Lewis Hamilton has won his 11th Hawthorn Trophy

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Lewis Hamilton has won the Hawthorn Trophy for the 11th time. The trophy is awarded to the most successful Commonwealth driver in the F1 championship.

Lewis Hamilton has won the Hawthorn Trophy nine times in a row, eleven times overall. The trophy is awarded to the Commonwealth driver who finished the highest in the previous year’s Formula 1 championship, and is named after the first British F1 champion Mike Hawthorn.

Hawthorn won the 1958 Formula 1 championship and retired immediately afterwards, as a result of the death of his teammate Peter Collins. Three months later he was involved in a fatal road accident.

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Lewis’ win was announced at Motorsport UK’s Night of Champions event at the Royal Automobile Club in London. On the same night Jackie Stewart was awarded the lifetime achievement award, Jamie Chadwick won the UK driver of the year award, and Patrick O’Donovan won the young driver of the year award.

In his 15-year career Lewis failed to win the Hawthorn Trophy on only four occasions. Jenson Button won it in 2009 and 2011, and Mark Webber won in 2010 and 2013.

Lewis holds the record for most Hawthorn Trophy wins, followed by Nigel Mansell, who has won on even occasions.

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