Lewis Hamilton changing his steering wheel mid-race in 2012

Lewis Hamilton Steering Wheel Change During Pitstop 2012 Indian GP

Lewis Hamilton is, for many people, the greatest Formula One driver of all time, with the Briton holding a plethora of records, surpassing Michael Schumacher’s records many thought were untouchable.

He has the most pole positions, most wins, most points and has won almost 10% of every single Grand Prix in the history of the sport. Hamilton also has the joint most world championships with seven.

At the recent Hungarian Grand Prix, Hamilton broke a long-standing record that no one has been able to come close to breaking. He became the driver with the most laps led at one circuit with his stint at the front of the Hungaroring.

Back in 2012, Hamilton was a one-time world champion, still driving for his first team in Formula One, McLaren, before making the switch to Mercedes from 2013.

Many questioned his decision at the time, including Jeremy Clarkson who mocked him when he made an appearance on Top Gear. Six world titles and a ridiculous amount of broken records later, Hamilton certainly had the last laugh.

Although not as dominant as he is now, his class and skill in 2012 was still exceptional, with his team just struggling to cope with the Red Bulls in that period who were untouchable, with Sebastian Vettel winning four consecutive world crowns.

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NOIDA, INDIA – OCTOBER 27: Race winner Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull Racing celebrates his fourth consecutive F1 World Championship following the Indian Formula One Grand Prix at Buddh International Circuit on October 27, 2013 in Noida, India. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

In the 2012 Indian Grand Prix, a circuit no longer on the calendar, Hamilton showed us just how good he was and his incredible composure.

He qualified in third, just behind those dominant Red Bulls, but could only finish fourth in the race, but he did have major issues with his car.

On the team radio, he was complaining about an issue he was having when downshifting on his steering wheel, claiming he had to do it with his right hand instead of his left.

After that, Hamilton was on the radio again, highlighting how the problem was getting worse, so dived into the pits.

In the same time it took his pit crew to give him a fresh set of tyres, he had removed his steering wheel and had a new one fitted. That speed was vital as we all know the time that can be won or lost in the pits during a race.

He starts the process of removing the faulty one before his car is fully stopped in the pits, to be as accurate as that to land perfectly for his pit crew whilst removing a steering wheel shows us just how good he is under pressure and how composed he was, even in his earlier days.

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Hamilton only managed fourth in the race, however to still do that despite his problems during the Grand Prix shows his class.

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