Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton was born on January 7, 1985 in Stevenage, England. He is a British Formula One Racing Driver and is in a contract with Mercedes AMG PETRONAS team. He is the first Black driver to race in F1. He is a three time Formula One champion.
He was at rank 11 among the highest paid athletes in the world in 2016. He won his third Formula One championship in the year 2015. He has an eye for art and is also famous for his choice of different helmets during the race.
Lewis Hamilton belongs to a mixed ethnicity; a black father and white mother. His parents were separated while he was still a young kid. He used to live with his biological mother in childhood and was raised as a Roman Catholic.
Father of Lewis Hamilton: Anthony Hamilton is the father of Lewis Hamilton.
He was born in the year 1969 and worked as a contractor to support his son’s racing career. He was also Lewis’s full-time manager until the year 2010.
Mother: Lewis Hamilton’s biological mother is Carmen Labralestier who is a white British and his step-mother is Linda Hamilton.
Lewis has two half- sisters namely Nicola and Samantha Lockhart. Lewis’s half-brother is Nicolas Hamilton who was born on March 28, 1992. He is also a professional race car driver and made his debut in the year 2011.
Currently, he races with British Touring Car Championship in his modified car because of his cerebral palsy.
Early life and education:
Lewis Hamilton went to school at The John Henry Newman School in Stevenage, England. In the year 2001, he joined college in Cambridge Arts and Sciences. As a young child, he was a sport enthusiast and had keen interest in football, cricket, go-karting and martial arts. He got his first radio operated car from his father in 1991 that boosted his interest in racing.
He started his career with ‘Young Driver Support Program’, a contract with Mercedes-Benz. In 2007 he made his debut in Formula One and won four races. At the age of 23, he became the youngest world champion after five wins. In 2015, he became the first British to hold back-to-back titles.
He started his career with McLaren in the year 2007 and signed a contract named Driver Development Program. Subsequently, he became the youngest driver to sign a contract with Formula One. He ended up becoming the youngest champion and he maintained this title until 2015. He is also the first driver to have accomplished the podium even after starting at 20th place. He has had more victories than any British driver ever before. In the year 2016, he won 10 times but did not end up being the champion. Even after being the champion he has chosen to keep his car number 44 instead of 1.
In 2008, he won his first title with McLaren. In 2009, he was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) title by Queen Elizabeth II in the New Year Honors. He was also presented a Madame Tussad’s waxwork in his racing suit at London the same year. He has been world champion three times. He was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year. In 2014, he was named the most marketable sportsman in the world. He is the only driver who has won each time he has participated in a race. Also, he was featured in a cartoon show named Tooned.
He had a net worth of $280 million in the year 2015. He is also listed among Britain’s richest young sportsman under the age of 30.