Lewis Hamilton’s five team-mates from F1 career – and where they are now

Lewis Hamilton's amazing F1 career is reaching the end of its 15th season, and there's more to come after this.

He debuted for McLaren in 2007, alongside then world champion Fernando Alonso, and fair to say it proved anything but a marriage made in heaven.

And there's been a few tempestuous relationships since.

Here's a look back at how Hamilton fared alongside his five partners, and where each of them are now.

Fernando Alonso (2007)

When rookie Hamilton joined forces with a man who'd won back-to-back world titles, he was expected to play second fiddle.

Instead, it was Alonso who had to endure his team-mate faring better than him in the battle for the championship, and he didn't take to it well.

In what proved their only season together, the pair would finish on the same amount of points, but only after Hamilton faltered in the final two races with the title seemingly in grasp.

Tensions between the pair were already heightened when things came to a head at the Hungarian Grand Prix, with Hamilton breaking an agreement between the two and jumping ahead of the Spaniard on track in qualifying. Alonso responded by deliberately holding up Hamilton later on.

Alonso, who has since insisted the pair have made up, left McLaren at the end of that season to join Ferrari, and then forged a new career path by winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2017 and 2018. He has since returned to F1 and is driving for Alpine.

Heikki Kovalainen (2008-2009)

The Finnish driver replaced Alonso at McLaren and while his relationship with Hamilton may have been more harmonious, he essentially failed to challenge his partner.

Hamilton won his first drivers' championship in 2008, winning five races to Kovalainen's one. In 2009, an awful season for McLaren in their uncompetitive MP4-24, Hamilton won twice while the Finn didn't even get on the podium.

He went on to join Lotus Racing and then in 2015, moved to Japan to compete in Super GT (GT500 class) with Lexus. He won the title there in 2016 and still competes now for Toyota Gazoo.

Jenson Button (2010-2012)

The 2009 world champion was far more competitive alongside Hamilton, finishing above him in the 2011 drivers standings.

Their partnership was perhaps plagued by the unreliability of the McLaren car, but Hamilton was far superior when it came to qualifying. During their three years as team-mates, he notched seven pole positions to Button's one.

The latter would stay at McLaren until 2017 before like Kovalaine, moving to the Super GT Series and becoming a champion with Honda.

He now serves as a technical advisor to his first F1 team, Williams.

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Nico Rosberg (2013-2016)

Hamilton and Alsonso's relationship may have been tainted by rivalry, but it was child's play compared to his battles with Rosberg.

They became team-mates at Mercedes in 2013, after the British driver's high-profile move from McLaren. After a year to settle in, Hamilton beat his partner to the championship in both 2014 and 2015, but the following year it was Rosberg who pipped his team-mate in the overall standings.

Throughout at the time, there was plenty of animosity, and when asked ahead of the 2015 British Grand Prix how close the pair had come to blows in the past, Rosberg replied "pretty close."

However, Rosberg would stun everyone by retiring after his maiden F1 title. He now works in the sport as a pundit and in 2020, established Rosberg X Racing, to compete in the Extreme E off-road racing series.

The German remains the only man to have taken a world championship away from Hamilton whilst being his team-mate.

Valtteri Bottas (2017-2021)

It's a partnership everyone is now certain won't run in 2022, but the duo of Hamilton and Bottas have secured four Constructors' titles from the previous four years.

However, on paper, they've been miles apart, Hamilton winning the driver's standings on those four occasions too while Bottas, who replaced Rosberg following his shock retirement, has only managed nine race wins.

However, Hamilton last week spoke glowingly about his Finnish team-mate, amidst rumours he will be replaced at Mercedes next season by George Russell.

The 32-year-old's next destination is reported to be Alfa Romeo.

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