Despite mastering the craft of putting together a pole-setting lap at the Albert Park Circuit, he never quite managed to regularly convert those front-row starts into wins. Only in 2015 did Hamilton stand on the top step of the podium in Australia.
That came a year after an engine failure ended his 2014 race after only two laps. His Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg won the race in his absence that year, and did so again in 2016 on the way to beating the Briton to the title.
Sebastian Vettel finished top of the pile in Melbourne in 2017 and repeated the trick in his Ferrari the following year. And in the most recent edition of the Australian Grand Prix, it was Hamilton’s now former team-mate Valtteri Bottas who overtook him at the first corner and went on to win by 20 seconds