Sir Lewis Hamilton: Bio, Racing Career, FULL FACTS

Lewis Hamilton

Sir Lewis Hamilton has become a force in the world of car racing. From driving a radio-controlled car when he was six years of age to making headlines for McLaren and  Mercedes, he has won many hearts and broken so many records. Here is everything you need to know about his early starts and his full biography.

Sir Lewis Hamilton: Age and Bio

Hamilton is the son of Anthony Hamilton and Carmen Larbalestier. He was born on January 7 1985 in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England. He is of mixed ethnicity because his father is black and is of Grenadian descent, while his mother, is White British, and from Birmingham. At the tender age of 2, his parents separated. Little Hamilton then lived with his mother and older half-sisters, Samantha and Nicola, until he was twelve.

When he turned twelve, he lived with his father, stepmother Linda, and his half-brother Nicolas, who happens to be a professional racing driver as well. Hamilton attended d The John Henry Newman School, a voluntary aided Catholic secondary school in Stevenage.

Start of a Successful Career

Lewis’ passion for driving began when he was six years old when his father gave him a remote control car. He became enamored with it and did exceptionally well in local tournaments. His father recognized his son’s potential and gave him a go-kart as a Christmas gift. His father was not just gifting him these presents but he remained a central figure in his life by quitting his job at an IT company to become a contractor. His father worked up to four jobs and still made out time to attend his racing games because of the potential he saw in his son.

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He began karting at the age of eight and won the British karting championship (cadet class) and the STP karting championship two years later. Hamilton stayed in cadet class karting in 1996, winning the Champions of the Future series as well as the Sky TV KartMasters and Five Nations titles. The next season, he competed in Junior Yamaha and won the Champions of the Future series as well as the Super One series, as well as being crowned British Champion.

In 1995 when Hamilton was nine years old, he approached McLaren team boss Ron Dennis at an Award ceremony and introduced himself “Hi. I’m Lewis Hamilton. I won the British championship, and one day I want to be racing your cars.”. This bravery act was applauded by Dennis, it wasn’t just the applauds, it also gave birth to an F1 drive.

Sir Lewis Hamilton: Formula Renault and Formula Three

Hamilton started his car racing career proper in 200  Manor Motorsport. It wasn’t the kind of start he anticipated as he finished fifth. In 2002, he made it into the Championship and finished third behind Danny Watts and Jamie Green. The following, his dominance was felt as he won all but one of the next ten races. Hamilton stormed to the title with ten wins, nine fastest laps, eleven pole positions, and 419 points to runner-up Alex Lloyd’s 371.

Hamilton also had an unimpressive debut with Manor in the last round of the British Formula Three championship that year. Even after qualifying strongly, he crashed in the first race and collided with teammate Tor Graves at Clearways in the second, knocking him unconscious and moving him to Sidcup Hospital.

Despite this, he returned to Formula Three in 2004, this time in the Euroseries rather than the British title. He stayed with Manor for their debut championship attempt and won once at the narrow Norising street track. As a result, he finished fifth overall, trailing champion Green, Alexandre Premat, Nicolas Lapierre, and Nico Rosberg.

He also won the Bahrain F3 Superprix and race one of the Macau F3 Grand Prix that year. In December, he had his first test in a McLaren F1 vehicle, with Green and Lloyd.

For 2005, Hamilton switched teams to champions ASM, and the result was reminiscent of his Formula Renault second-year dominance. He won 15 of the 20 races (plus a 16th place at Spa-Francorchamps, where he and several other drivers were disqualified for a technical infringement) and finished ahead of teammate Adrian Sutil.

That same year, he won the F3 Marlboro Masters from pole position in Zandvoort, Netherlands. He also won both races of the renowned Monaco F3 Grand Prix from pole position, as well as the Pau F3 Grand Prix in France.

McLaren to Mercedes

In his first senior season in Formula 1, he teamed alongside veteran Fernando Alonso, becoming the first and only black driver to race in the series.

Hamilton’s remarkable rookie season catapulted him to stardom outside of the motor racing world. He finished on the podium in his maiden race and continued to do so for the next nine races, winning in Montreal and Indianapolis.

This catapulted him into a 12-point lead in the world championship before Alonso made a comeback. But the season swiftly turned sour when McLaren was suspected of unlawfully collecting and utilizing Ferrari data – a dispute that quickly earned the moniker ‘Spygate.’

Hamilton continued to finish on the podium and win races throughout his final four years with McLaren. Hamilton had a chance to win the championship in the final round of the 2010 season, but he finished fourth after Sebastian Vettel won the race to claim his first drivers’ title.

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The following season, he was outshot by a teammate for the first time, as Jenson Button finished second to champion Sebastian Vettel, during a year in which distractions in his personal life and run-ins with FIA officials saw Hamilton finish a disappointing fifth in the standings, after which he vowed to return to form in 2012. Hamilton kept his word and won four races in the 2012 season, finishing fourth in the standings.

Hamilton signed with Mercedes in 2013 and it was the right move. When turbocharged cars were introduced, it even made hamilton’s driving better as that year saw Mercedes win 16 of the 19 races that season, 11 of those secured by Hamilton as he prevailed in a season-long duel for the title against teammate Rosberg.

In 2022, Hamilton will partner Russell for the season.

Sir Lewis Hamilton: Family Life

Lewis Hamilton was dating Nicole Scherzinger, a well-known American singer. They called it quits in 2015 after a lot of speculations about them breaking up and getting back together. Their split was attributed to their hectic activities. Currently, he is enjoying his single life or so it seems..

Sir Lewis Hamilton is a  Member of the Order of the British Empire and he is worth 285 million dollars.

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