Lewis Hamilton Biography

Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton is a British Formula One racing driver, regarded as one of the greatest in the history of sport. Let’s take a look at his family, personal life, Formula One racing career, achievements, and some fun facts.

Lewis Hamilton
Quick Facts

Birthday: January 7, 1985

Nationality: British

Famous: F1 Drivers British Men

Age: 34 Years, 34 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Capricorn

Also Known As: Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton

Born in: Stevenage, United Kingdom

Famous as: Formula One Driver

Height: 5'9" (175 cm), 5'9" Males


father: Anthony Hamilton

mother: Carmen Larbalestier

siblings: Nicola Lockhart

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education: The John Henry Newman School

awards: Member of the Order of the British Empire
Laureus World Sports Award for Breakthrough of the Year

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Lewis Hamilton is a British Formula One racing driver who is presently under a contract with a pro team, Mercedes AMG Petronas. In his debut season in 2007, Lewis lost the World Championship by just a single point, and that feat established him as one of the best racing talents to look out for. Just to put it simply, Lewis hasn’t disappointed. He has gone on to become one of the top F1 racers in the world and in his highly successful career he has managed to win three World Championships. He is known as an all*rounder on the track and there is hardly an aspect of Formula 1 racing where he doesn’t excel. He has been the most successful British Formula one driver of all times, with the most number of career points, and most number of victories in different circuits. He also has set the set the record for most wins in a single season without being victorious in the World Championship in 2016. Hamilton keeps growing as a racer and is already standing amongst the greatest Formula One drivers of all time and draws constant comparisons to the ace racer, Michael Schumacher.

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Lewis Hamilton
Childhood & Early Life
  • Lewis Hamilton was born in Hertfordshire, England, on 7th January 1985 to Carmen and Anthony Hamilton. Lewis went on to live with his mother when his parents separated while he was a toddler and later, in early teenage, he went on to live with his father and step-brother, Nicolas, who also happens to be a professional racer.
  • Lewis’ fascination with cars started at an early age while he was 6 years old when he got a remote control car as a gift by his father. He got fascinated with it and performed extraordinarily in the local competitions, that was when his father saw the budding talent in his son and gifted him a go-kart as a Christmas present.
  • Hamilton played football in school, and continued it through the whole time that he was in The John Henry Newman School. He later said that at some point in time, he considered being a footballer, but the go-kart championships he continued to win offered him a better career choice. At the age of 15, Lewis was named Karting number one player, a record which he still holds to this day.
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  • Lewis Hamilton started his big league racing career with British Formula Renault Winter Series in 2001. The start was quite rocky, but despite a crash he faced during the race, he still finished fifth, which was magnificent. His performance helped him secure a place in the 2002 Formula Renault UK Campaign, where he ended up at the third spot. Racing for Manor Motorsport, he presented himself as one of the most talented youngsters to look out for.
  • His exceptional performance in Formula Three helped him race in the ART Grand Prix in 2006 and at his very first attempt, Lewis scored victory at the GP2 Championship racing against the likes of Timo Glock and Nelson Piquet. Lewis made his F1 debut in 2007 at the Australian Grand Prix, where he finished second, despite a crash. Later in the Bahrain and Barcelona F1 events, Lewis finished second.
  • Post a controversial qualifying season, Hamilton emerged a winner in the Hungarian Grand Prix while in the Turkish Grand Prix, Hamilton finished the race at the fifth spot. The rest of the year went quite average with no remarkable victory.
  • In the beginning of 2008, Hamilton signed a contract with McLaren-Mercedes to stay with them until the end of 2012. In the first race of the season, Lewis ended up scoring a victory in the Australian Grand Prix. He won Monaco Grand Prix and was the first runner-up in Turkey and later secured a victory in the British Grand Prix.
  • Hamilton took a 7 point lead into the World Championship during the Chinese Grand Prix by winning the race and later, when he needed to secure at least a fifth position in the Brazil Grand Prix, he emerged at the fourth spot and became the youngest Formula One World Champion. In 2009, Lewis scored tenth victory of his career at Hungaroring, and earned the first runner up spot in Valencia. By the end of the season, he received one more title win in form of Singapore Grand Prix.
  • For the 2010 season, Lewis’s first victory came as he raced down to the top spot in Turkish Grand Prix and performed average in the Australian and Chinese Grand Prix. In Japan, South Korea and Brazil Grand Prix, Lewis finished at fifth, second and fourth spots respectively.
  • At the start of 2011 season, Hamilton scored the second spot in the Australian Grand prix and got his first win of the season in Chinese Grand Prix and at the end of the season, Lewis secured another victory in Abu Dhabi.
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  • Lewis Hamilton joined Mercedes Benz Works Team in late 2012, and in the next season, after putting out an average performance at the Australian, Malaysian and Chinese Grand Prix, he achieved his first victory racing for Mercedes in the Hungarian Grand Prix. In 2014, with the victory in China, Lewis finished his very first career hat trick of winning three races consecutively and later the victory in Spain made it four in a row.
  • He later went on to win the Singapore and Italian Grand Prix. He also won the Japanese Grand Prix, and after winning in Abu Dhabi, he beat his own teammate Rosberg by 67 points to emerge as the World Champion. By that time, Lewis had already become one of the most looked after racers in the world, and received the ‘BBC Sports Personality of the Year’ honour at the end of 2014.
  • Mercedes was the dominant team in the Formula One arena and Hamilton was one of their biggest assets. Hamilton started the 2015 season with a win in the Australian Grand Prix. Mercedes signed him on for the next 3 years, until the end of 2018 season and Lewis celebrated the contract extension with a victory in Spa and Monza. By the end of 2015, Lewis ended up winning the United State Grand Prix, securing third World Championship.
  • In the 2016 season, Hamilton earned the second spot in Australian Grand Prix and won the British Grand Prix later that year. Subsequent wins in Malaysia and Japan, strengthened his claim to the World Championship. Now, he had to win the race at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to become the World Champion, but he lost to Rosberg.
  • Hamilton started the 2017 season with a win in the Chinese Grand Prix and the second spot in the Australian Grand Prix. He won in Spain, securing his first title win of the season.
Personal Life
  • Lewis Hamilton started seeing Nicole Scherzinger, a popular singer, and after a lot of speculations about them splitting up and getting back together, they finally called it quits in 2015. They cited their busy schedules as the reason for separation.
  • Lewis Hamilton presently lives in Monaco, where he shifted from Switzerland. He doesn’t like living in the UK due to constant media intrusion in his personal life.
Net Worth
  • As of June 2017, Lewis Hamilton’s net worth is USD 240 Million.

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