Lewis Hamilton was born on Jan. 7, 1985 in Tewin, 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.
Lewis made his Grand Prix debut with McLaren Mercedes on March 18, 2007 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, 9 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 Silver Arrows podium in only his second race at the Malaysian Grand Prix, with a maiden victory following eight races later in Hungary. A total of one victory, five podiums, five pole positions and one fastest lap saw Lewis finish his first campaign with the Silver Arrows in fourth place overall on 189 World Championship points.
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 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 team-mate Nico Rosberg.
For 2017, Lewis came under intense 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.
Lewis continues to reach new heights in the Formula One hall of fame. By the end of 2017, he had moved into first place on the all-time pole positions leader board (72), as well as becoming the driver with the most front row starts (118).
Having won five Drivers’ World Championships, Lewis is now joint-second (with Juan Manuel Fangio) in the all-time list of World Titles, as well as Britain’s most successful Formula One driver.
Formula One World Champion:
2008, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018
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Formula Three Euro Series Champion:
Formula Renault UK Champion: