Lewis Hamilton 2011 McLaren F1 Team MP4/26 1:8 Scale Model - Chinese GP

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Lewis Hamilton was in his fifth year with McLaren in 2011, having had a stella junior career and a nearly perfect start to life in F1. 2009 World Champion, Jenson Button was in just his second year with the team. Hamilton famously nearly won the championship in 2007, taking on his far more experienced teammate, Fernando Alonso. The year afterwards, at just 23 years old, Hamilton won the 2008 World Championship. In 2011, McLaren were going through a more difficult phase in their car development and both Hamilton and Button were struggling to compete with Red Bull and Ferrari.  

Nevertheless, Button managed to start on the front-row and Lewis Hamilton qualified on the second row of the grid for the Chinese GP. When the race got underway, McLaren were aware that the tyres were sensitive to overheating, and therefore opted for a more aggressive three-stop strategy, in contrast with Vettel’s two stopper.  

With a more aggressive strategy, the British driving pair knew that he had to make plenty of overtakes to make it work, and that they did. Hamilton made an incredible move through the long left-hander of turn 7 and took the lead before the end of the race to claim his first win of the season, and end Vettel’s incredibly dominant winning streak in F1. Button made progress to 4th, only 10.000 seconds behind his teammate. 

This model is the perfect to re-live the incredible McLaren/Hamilton partnership, featuring his infamous no.3 for that season and the iconic chrome McLaren livery.  

  • McLaren 2011 
  • Lewis Hamilton edition
  • MP4/26 
  • 1:8 Scale Model 
  • Hand-made model – built and designed using real CAD drawings from McLaren 
  • First Win of the season 
SKU: 100802-15040011