What a day of racing it's been in Singapore! Ferrari claim a very unlikely one-two, their first in two years, while Mercedes struggle and while...
Lewis Hamilton a Formula 1 driver at the Mercedes F1 team. At the age of 34, Hamilton has won five world championships, four of which coming in the last five years, making him the most successful British driver ever and holds the record for most pole positions.
He is the absolute star of Formula 1, both on and off the track, as he features in F1 news more than any other driver. His teammate at Mercedes is Valtteri Bottas.
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Hamilton his humble beginning
Hamilton started karting at eight years old, as his father Anthony Hamilton worked up to three jobs at the same time so he could support his son’s racing career. They drove to races together all over Great Britain, often being forced to sleep in their van.
On the track, Lewis starting winning almost everything there was to win, causing McLaren to sign him at a young age. He kept on winning; he won the Formula Renault championship, Formula 3 and he dominated GP2. At the end of 2006, McLaren announced he would be
promoted to the F1 team.
McLaren: Hamilton vs. Alonso and the youngest champion
As a rookie, Lewis Hamilton went head-to-head with two-time champion and reigning champion Fernando Alonso, and amazingly, he made life very difficult for the Spaniard. The two were often going at each other and became fierce rivals, but it was Hamilton who almost finished the season as a world champion.
However, at the Brazilian Grand Prix, the last race of the season, it went wrong. Hamilton led the championship heading into the race but only finished seventh, making Kimi Raikkonen the champion.
At that same race the next year, it went the other way for Hamilton. In the last few hundred yards of the race, he passed his former GP2 rival Timo Glock and secured his first-ever title, making him the youngest champion ever at the time (Vettel broke that record as well in 2010). After 2008, performance levels dropped \
Dominance at Mercedes
In 2013, Lewis Hamilton left McLaren to join Mercedes, partnering up with his childhood friend Nico Rosberg. He won just one race in his first season. In 2014, the first year of the V6 turbo-hybrid era, Mercedes started winning. Hamilton secured his second title by winning eleven Grands Prix, including a spectacular duel between him and Rosberg at the Bahrain Grand Prix. Hamilton beat Rosberg to the title again in 2015, but it was the German who stole the 2016 title before he suddenly announced his retirement.
2017 saw Valtteri Bottas take Rosberg’s place, but nothing had changed as Mercedes remained as dominant as they had been in the previous three years. Hamilton won nine races to clinch his fourth title, surpassing his idol Ayrton Senna and equalling his rival, Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel.
Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel fought more closely in 2018, the ‘Fight for Five’ as both drivers were looking to secure their fifth title. Vettel took an early lead in the championship, but an astonishing second half of the season from Hamilton saw him winning his fourth title in five years and his fifth overall.
Having signed a new contract at Mercedes, Hamilton is expected to win again in 2019.
Lewis Hamilton: Personal life
During his rookie season, Lewis Hamilton started dating Nicole Scherzinger, a famous singer from the band Pussycat Dolls. They split up and got back together several times before finally splitting up in 2015.
Hamilton is also the richest British athlete with an estimated net worth of £159 million in 2018. Notable purchases have been a private jet and three very rare cars - two original 1967 AC Cobras, and a LaFerrari.
Stevenage-born Hamilton is also a noted vegan since 2017 and an activist against use of plastic products. In 2018, he launched a clothing line in collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger called ‘TOMMYXLEWIS’ with great success.
Lewis Hamilton News
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FP2 Report | Lewis Hamilton goes quickest ahead of Max Verstappen in Singapore!
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