Sir Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton was born on 7th January 1985 in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom. He is a British racing driver who races in the Formula 1 racing series.
The Brit is a seven-time world driver’s champion. This comes after he managed to take the title back in 2008 with McLaren and in 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 with Mercedes.
McLaren gives a boost
After a successful karting career, he managed to earn a Formula One contract at a very young age. This happened after he was given a chance to enter the McLaren development program.
At the age of 23 years, Hamilton was the youngest driver to win a Formula One World Championship. However, this record has been broken by Sebastian Vettel.
Lewis is the first black Formula 1 racing driver. Throughout his career, he has been the recipient of racial abuse.
As a result, the Race Against Racism campaign was started by the FIA to counter racism.
Multiple visits to stewards
Hamilton has had multiple visits to the stewards throughout his career. Back in 2009, he even thought of leaving the sport after he lied to the stewards about an incident during the Australian Grand Prix.
Mercedes in the books
By 2013, Hamilton signed a three-year contract with Mercedes by replacing Michael Schumacher who was retiring then.
The Brit became Nico Rosberg‘s teammate. The two drivers had known each other from their karting days.
By 2014, drivers were asked to choose a permanent number for their races. Lewis chose 44 as that was his number back during his karting days.
Then, during the Belgian Grand Prix of 2017, Hamilton managed to equal Michael Schumacher’s record for the most pole positions. The Brit then went on to break the record during the next race in Italy.
He also broke the record for the most front row starts at the 2017 United States Grand Prix.
Hamilton also matched Schumacher’s record of the most number of victories during the Eifel Grand Prix in 2020 and broke it at the Portuguese Grand Prix.
Furthermore, Hamilton also equaled Schumacher’s record of most championships during the Turkish Grand Prix.
Honored by the Queen
In 2021, Lewis Hamilton was also honored with a knighthood by the Queen. He is the first active driver to be awarded a knighthood.
Hamilton also manages and runs Team X44 in the Extreme-E series.
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