Another day, another pole position for the record holder - watch onboard footage from Lewis Hamilton's pole position lap here!
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
Hamilton takes pole and Leclerc out in spectacular Monaco qualifying shoot-out!
Lewis Hamilton has taken pole position in Monaco, as the reigning champion narrowly beat out his teammate Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull's Max...
Hamilton: "I had to dig deeper than ever" to claim pole
Lewis Hamilton says that his lap was "beautiful" after claiming a stunning pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix.
Liveblog: Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix - FP3
After Thursday practice, we're now back on schedule! The teams and drivers have one last chance to tweak their setups before the Monaco Grand...
Hamilton missing Monaco GP media day not selfish says Stewart
Formula 1 legend Sir Jackie Stewart has defended reigning champion Lewis Hamilton for missing out on the drivers' press conference on Wednesday,...
Lewis Hamilton describes a lap of Monaco "I wouldn't say it's fun"
Lewis Hamilton has admitted that he doesn't have fun when driving a lap of the Monaco street circuit. The reigning world champion says that the...
Lewis Hamilton "really happy" with the set up of his Mercedes for the Monaco GP
Lewis Hamilton has said that he is "really happy" with how his car is performing ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix. Mercedes have dominated the...
Hamilton says Thursday was a "dream" for Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton admitted that Thursday's practice sessions were a "dream" for Mercedes, with the five-time world champion topping both FP1 and FP2 in Monaco.
FP2 report: Lewis Hamilton narrowly beats Valtteri Bottas in Monaco
Mercedes complete a practice double as Lewis Hamilton finishes top of the timesheets in FP2. Sebastian Vettel looked more competitive for a while,...
John Watson labels Lewis Hamilton as "pathetic" for media behaviour
Former Formula 1 driver John Watson has called Lewis Hamilton "pathetic" for pulling out of his media duties on Wednesday ahead of the Monaco...
Hamilton exempt from Monaco GP media duties
Following the death of Niki Lauda Lewis Hamilton was made exempt from his Wednesday media duties before the Monaco Grand Prix.
Hamilton looking to improve qualifying form in Monaco
Lewis Hamilton may be leading the drivers’ standings right now, but he is always looking to improve, and he says that he will be looking...
Bottas: "For now it's between me and Lewis"
Valtteri Bottas has said that the title is between him and his five time world champion teammate Lewis Hamilton, providing Mercedes keep their...
Lewis Hamilton calls for Formula 1 to "get rid of driver aids"
Lewis Hamilton has said that Formula 1 cars have become too easy to drive and that teenagers should not be able to jump into one of the cars...
Lewis Hamilton plans to make Mercedes the "most successful team in history"
Lewis Hamilton has said that it is "difficult" to see his future in Formula 1 with a different team and has confirmed that he wants to stay at...
Hamilton still not comfortable with 2019 car
Lewis Hamilton says he still has work to do with setting up the new Mercedes W10 despite winning three out of five races this season.
Bottas: Consistency will be crucial against Hamilton
Valtteri Bottas believes that he will need to beat Lewis Hamilton at every opportunity in order to beat his Mercedes teammate to the Formula 1 world championship.
Lewis Hamilton identifies biggest title threat in 2019
Championship leader Lewis Hamilton has identified his biggest threat in the 2019 title race, as the reigning champion thinks teammate Valtteri...
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