Lewis Hamilton is a British F1 racing driver and racing for the Mercedes AMG Petronas team currently. He is Formula One World Champion in 2008, 2014 and 2015.
Born on 7 January 1985, Hamilton started karting in the year 1993 when he was just 8 years old at Rye House Kart Circuit. He quickly started winning Cadet class championships and races. When he was 10 years old, he approached Ron Dennis, team boss of McLaren F1 racing, for an autograph, saying that he is the winner of British Championship and he would be racing his cars some day. Dennis replied him in his autograph, “Call me after 9 years, we will find the way then.”
Hamilton was driving for Zip Young Guns Karting Team of Martin Hines. He progressed to Junior Yamaha (1997) from Cadet Ranks. After winning Super One series and second British Championship, he was approached by Ron Dennis in 1998. Dennis fulfilled his promise and Hamilton signed to join the program of McLaren Driver Development. This agreement included the option of F1 seat in future and Hamilton became the youngest driver ever to secure this agreement which resulted on F1 drive.
Full Name: Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton
Date of Birth: 7 January 1985
Marital status: Single
Occupation: Formula One racing driver
Net Worth: $133 million
Source of Income: F1 Racing
Hobbies: Racing, Gaming, Playing Guitar, Music, Training
Hamilton comes from a mixed family background, with white mother and black father. So, he is often called as the “First black driver in F1 racing” despite the fact that Willy T. Ribbs already tested F1 car in the year 1986.
In his first F1 season, Hamilton has set several records when finishing off second in Formula One Championship 2007 and became the richest sportsman in the world. On the same season, he was the winner of World Championship in dramatic manner and became the youngest F1 world champion in history. After his next F1 world championship title in the year 2014, he was honored as the “Personality of the Year” by BBC Sports. He became the first British driver who won F1 titles consecutively in 2016. He is the second Brit who won 3 titles after Jackie Stewart.
He is also the first English driver who reached that milestone. He is the only F1 driver who is the winner of at least 1 race in each season till date. He is among the top 10 richest sportsman in the world.
Hamilton was born in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England to black British father, Anthony Hamilton and white British Mother Carmen (Larbalestier), as a mixed-race child. His parents moved from Grenada to the UK in the 1950s. He parents were separated when he was just two years old and he lived with his half-sisters Samantha and Nicola, and his mother. His father took him when he was 12 and he lived with his half-brother Nicolas and stepmother Linda. Nicolas Signed with Total Control Racing to start his career in racing in Renault Clio Cup 2011. He was raised in Roman Catholic family.