Lewis Carl Hamilton, height 1.75m, born on January 7, 1985, Tewin, Great Britain. Lewis Hamilton’s father Anthony influenced his son’s love for racing cars and driving fast by buying Hamilton a radio-controlled car in 1991. Hamilton remained in cadet class karting, winning the Champions of the Future series and becoming Sky TV KartMasters Champion and Five Nations Champion. From an early age Lewis Hamilton attracted attention as a potential F1 champion and as he grew older he did not disappoint. Equipped with an assured racing style which belied his years, Hamilton rose rapidly through the ranks, a rise which culminated in becoming the sport’s youngest world champion in 2008. Hamilton is undoubtedly one of a dying breed of thoroughbred racers and capable of collecting even more titles in the coming years.
Lewis Hamilton’s explosive arrival on the Formula 1 scene has made front-page headlines. In his first season in F1, Lewis Hamilton thrilled the world of motor racing by finishing on the podium in his first nine consecutive races – the first driver to do so in the sport’s 57-year history – and drove to victories in Canada, America, Hungary and Japan. He rose rapidly through the Junior and Formula ranks, dominating every series with his raw speed and canny race craft.
Lewis’s winning streak continued unabated in the Formula 3 Euro Series; he was crowned champion of the competition for juniors whilst still in his second year and subsequently progressed up into GP2 with ART Grand Prix. The rookie dominated GP2 by posting five victories and was crowned champion at the end of the season, a success which immediately led to his promotion to the very top of motor racing, F1. Lewis made his Formula 1 debut at McLaren Mercedes on 18th March 2007 as team-mate to Fernando Alonso whilst still only 22 years old. Despite his young years, he fought confidently for the world title right up until the season finale in Brazil, taking on top drivers who were considerably more experienced.
Lewis Carl Hamilton Biography
Lewis Hamilton (Lewis Carl Hamilton), son of an English mother and a father whose parents originally came from Grenada, was born on 7th January 1985, England. At the tender age of eight, Lewis sat in a kart for the first time and was immediately bitten by the racing bug. Mercedes-Benz soon recognised the British youngster’s enormous talent, becoming one of his sponsors right at the start of his career. Lewis not only showed incredible pace on the track but also climbed the career ladder at an impressive rate. After he had blown the competition out of the water in every category of karting and won the McLaren Mercedes Champions of the Future series, McLaren Mercedes enrolled him on their young driver programme in 1997. In 2001, he moved up into British Formula Renault which he won two years later.
Lewis not only showed incredible pace on the track but also climbed the career ladder at an impressive rate. After he had blown the competition out of the water in every category of karting and won the McLaren Mercedes Champions of the Future series, McLaren Mercedes enrolled him on their Young Driver Programme in 1997. In 2001, he moved up into British Formula Renault, winning the title two years later.
Lewis’ winning streak continued unabated in the Formula 3 Euro Series. He was crowned junior champion whilst still in his second year and subsequently progressed to the GP2 Series with ART Grand Prix. Despite his rookie status, Lewis dominated the Championship – taking five victories on his way to the title. This success immediately led to his promotion to the very pinnacle of motor racing – Formula One.
Lewis made his Grand Prix debut with McLaren Mercedes on 18 March 2007 as team-mate to reigning World Champion Fernando Alonso whilst still only 22 years old. Despite his youth, he remained in contention for the title right up until the season finale in Brazil – challenging top drivers with considerably more experience. The numerous records set by Lewis in his rookie season highlighted his class – including the most race wins, pole positions and points scored in a debut season.
What had already been an extraordinary career reached new heights in 2008, with a first Formula One World Championship crown. At the time of his title victory, Lewis was 23 years, nine months and 26 days old – taking the accolade of youngest ever Formula One World Champion from Fernando Alonso. Four years later, after six successful seasons with McLaren Mercedes, Lewis sought a new challenge – joining the works Mercedes team for the 2013 season.
Lewis secured his first podium in a Mercedes Formula One car in only his second race with the team, at the Malaysian Grand Prix. Amaiden victory followed eight races later in Hungary. Lewis scored a total of one victory, five podiums, five pole positions and one fastest lap, finishing his first campaign with Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport in fourth place in the Drivers’ standings.
2014 heralded the dawn of a new era for Formula One – and a second World Drivers’ Championship crown for Lewis. 11 victories, 16 podium finishes, seven pole positions and seven fastest race laps from 19 races saw him take the title after a season-long battle with Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg – culminating in a dramatic finale at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. One year later, Lewis would repeat that feat in equally impressive fashion. A dominant title defence brought 10 victories, 17 podium finishes, 11 pole positions and eight fastest laps from 19 races en route to a third World Driver’s Championship – equalling the great Ayrton Senna and compatriot Sir Jackie Stewart.
Lewis achieved a similar level of success in the 2016 season, scoring the most race wins (ten) and most pole positions (twelve) of any driver. The Brit kept his World Championship hopes alive until the final weekend of the season in Abu Dhabi – but ultimately had to settle for the runner-up spot behind his team-mate Nico.
For 2017, Lewis came under pressure from Sebastian Vettel, trailing the Ferrari driver for the first part of the season before a stunning run of form catapulted him into the Championship lead at the Italian Grand Prix. Lewis secured his fourth World Title in Mexico with two rounds to spare. He ended the year with the most race wins (10) and pole positions (11) of any driver.
In 2018, Lewis reached new heights in Formula One’s history. It proved to be an intense season, with Lewis and Ferrari’s Vettel trading places at the top of the standings, before Lewis took command of the Championship. In total, he claimed 11 victories, 11 pole positions and 17 podiums, claiming his fifth Drivers’ title in Mexico – and joining a very exclusive club, only Michael Schumacher and Juan Manuel Fangio are a part of.
2014 heralded the dawn of a new era for Formula One – and a second World Drivers’ Championship crown for Lewis. 11 victories, 16 podium finishes, seven pole positions and seven fastest race laps from 19 races saw him take the title after a season-long battle with MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS team-mate Nico Rosberg: culminating in a dramatic finale at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Strengths and Weaknesses
Hamilton’s driving style has always ensured he stands out from the crowd, with the confidence to attempt overtaking manoeuvres his rivals wouldn’t even consider. He has matured in recent years and now rarely makes mistakes when the pressure is on.
His dominant 2014 season in which he showed the maturity which had been lacking from previous campaigns. He took 11 victories en route to his second world championship.
Being disqualified from the Australian Grand Prix in 2009 after being found guilty of “misleading the stewards” over a yellow flag incident with Jarno Trulli.
“I have no fear of death, so I don’t think about it. I love the adrenalin kick that danger brings. Others get their kicks bungee jumping from tall buildings. I’m very, very competitive. I want to be the best at everything I do. It’s not just driving – it’s everything – it might be playing my guitar, I try to be the best at it as I possibly can.”
“I have been connected with motor racing for 60 years now and he is certainly the best breath of fresh air we’ve had. It isn’t just that he is a driver, he obviously can drive – he is a racer, he can see a gap and he’s in it.” Sir Stirling Moss.