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.

Hamilton drives for the Mercedes team after having driven for McLaren in the past from 2007 to 2012.

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.

A 13-year-old Lewis Hamilton. Source: gpfans.com

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.

Hamilton for McLaren. Source: skysports.com

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.

The 2011 season saw an intense rivalry between Hamilton and Ferrari driver Felipe Massa. Even though the pair had several outbursts during the season, things got better between the two over time.

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.

Hamilton for Mercedes. Source: briflynews.com

Record-breaking performance

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.

Hamilton and Schumacher. Source: grandprix247.com

Furthermore, Hamilton also equaled Schumacher’s record of most championships during the Turkish Grand Prix.

Lewis also achieved his 100th pole position during the 2021 Spanish Grand Prix. He is also the only driver who has won at least one race of every season entered by a driver.

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 gets knighted. Source: thesportsrush.com

Hamilton also manages and runs Team X44 in the Extreme-E series.

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