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Lewis Hamilton is a British race car driver who competes in Formula One for the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team. He is a six-time Formula One World Champion. Lewis Hamilton is considered as one of the greatest drivers in the history of the sport. Additionally, some people consider him the greatest race car driver of all time.
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BIOGRAPHY AND EARLY LIFE
- Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton, also known as “Billion Dollar Man”, was born in Stevenage, England, on January 7, 1985. His parents are Carmen Larbalestier and Anthony Hamilton. Lewis Hamilton’s grandparents emigrated from Grenada to the United Kingdom in the 1950s. At the age of two, Lewis’ parents separated. He moved and lived with his mother and half-sisters.
- At the age of five, he experienced bullying. He took up karate lessons to able to defend himself from bullies.
- In 1991, Lewis Hamilton received a radio-controlled car and a go-kart from his father. He used the radio-controlled car in the British Radio Car Association Championship, where he placed second. This was the point when he became more interested in pursuing racing. His father showed his support as long as Hamilton did well at school.
- Apart from racing, Hamilton became interested in association football and cricket in school. He also supported the English club. However, his passion for racing was remarkable.
- Hamilton credits much of his success to his humble upbringing in Stevenage. As soon as he entered national events, he won every race he competed in.
- At the age of 10, Hamilton met Ron Dennis and requested his autograph. He was the boss of McLaren Formula One. Hamilton expressed his desire to drive one of McLaren’s cars, and Dennis responded that he should call him in 9 years. Hamilton also became the youngest-ever winner of the British Cadet Kart championship with less than two years of experience.
- In 1998, after Hamilton won the Super Series and the British Championship for the second time, McLaren called him and signed him to the McLaren driver development program. The contract that he signed had an option for being a future Formula One racer.
- At this point, McLaren’s financial support became a bigger blessing for Hamilton. His father supported his racing career by working several jobs.
HAMILTON AT MCLAREN
- Hamilton became the European Champion in 2000. After he won, he was named as the Rising Star Member by the British Racing Drivers Club. His early racing career began properly in 2002 with Manor Motorsport in the 2002 Formula Renault UK.
- Hamilton feared he would not cope with such an upgrade in horsepower. He started single-seater racing with the same determination he had developed throughout his karting days.
- He finished third in his debut season, before winning the championship a year later. He had a record-breaking ten wins, nine fastest laps, and eleven pole positions.
- Hamilton almost signed with BMW, but they refused to fund him. Instead, Hamilton re-signed with McLaren and participated at the F3 Euroseries. In his first year, he placed fifth and won the title in his second year.
- In the 2005 season, Hamilton won 15 of the 20 races for the dominant ASM team. He was ranked 24th out of the Top 200 drivers by Autosport. His participation in the GP2 Series was equally thrilling. Hamilton stunned the audiences and other racers with his spectacular performances. He also outshined his more experienced teammate, Alexandre Premat, and Nelson Piquet Jr. with his bold driving style. Hamilton won the title of Art Grand Prix.
THE WORLD CHAMPION
- Ron Dennis threw Hamilton into the fire, having him partnered with the twice World Champion in 2007. He won four Grand Prix in his debut season and led Fernando Alonso in the championship for much of the year. Hamilton and Alonso developed an intense rivalry both on and off the circuit.
- In the final two rounds, he was put at a disadvantage with a mixture of bad luck and inexperience that made him lose the championship. It was an opportunity missed, but in the following season, he made sure that he won the championship.
- With Alonso returning to Renault, he led the season and ultimately defeated Ferrari’s Felipe Massa to the crown just by a single point after a tense title showdown at the finale in Brazil.
- In 2009, Hamilton started with a car that was unfortunately short on downforce and pace, and was disqualified in Australia after an incident with the third-place finisher, Jarno Trulli.
- In 2010, although Hamilton had some storming drives hindered by doubtful strategy calls in the 2010 season, he achieved successive wins in Turkey and Canada.
- However, McLaren’s MP4-25 was increasingly outpaced by its Red Bull and Ferrari Rivals. He lost his championship lead in round 14 in Italy and never regained it.
- The 2011 season was considered to be the hardest of Hamilton’s Formula One career. He raced a car that initially lacked race-winning potential, and a series of unusual errors that involved Felipe Massa led to several agent visits and a difficult relationship with media.
HAMILTON AT MERCEDES
- Hamilton signed with Mercedes in 2013. He became teammates with Nico Rosberg, his friend and childhood karting teammate.
- During his first year with Mercedes, he won the Hungarian Grand Prix. In his second year, Hamilton won 11 races for Mercedes and battled with Nico Rosberg to win his second Formula One Championship.
- According to the new set of regulations, drivers had to choose a number to be used throughout their careers. Even though Hamilton was a reigning world champion, he chose #44 even with an opportunity to change it to #1 in 2015. #44 was his karting number.
- Later on, Hamilton won 10 races and had an intense rivalry with Nico Rosberg but still won his third championship. He signed a three-year contract with Mercedes worth £100 million.
- In 2016, after Nico Rosberg defeated Hamilton in 2016, he announced his retirement from racing. Sebastian Vettel became Hamilton’s greatest rival after Nico Rosberg.
HAMILTON’S NET WORTH
- In 2018, Hamilton had a contract with Mercedes to earn £40 million annually. Hamilton has earned as much as $489 million throughout his career.
- Forbes considers him the 13th highest-paid celebrity in the world, with annual earnings of $55 million. His net worth is valued at $285 million.
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