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Lewis Hamilton

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Lewis Hamilton

British Formula One racing driver from England, currently racing for the McLaren team add

Category: Auto racing

Born in 1985.

Countries: United Kingdom (26%), (22%), Monaco (9%)

Main connections: McLaren, Nico Rosberg, Formula One

Linked to: McLaren, Vodafone, Autosport, Formula One




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Lewis Hamilton was born in 1985 add something


Hamilton's father bought him a radio-controlled car in 1991, which gave him his first taste of racing competition add something


Hamilton's relationship with McLaren team boss Ron Dennis dates back to 1995, with the first indication that Hamilton was unhappy with his team appearing after he finished second at Monaco in 2007 add something


In December 1995, at the age of ten, he approached McLaren team principal Ron Dennis at the Autosport Awards ceremony and told him, "I want to race for you one day add something


He is the first British driver to win the World Championship since Damon Hill triumphed in 1996 add something


Nico Rosberg - Rosberg started out in karting in 1996, at the age of 10, where in 2000 he and Lewis Hamilton were teammates


Mercedes-Benz - This partnership brought success, including drivers championships for Mika Häkkinen in 1998 and 1999, and for Lewis Hamilton in 2008, as well as a constructors championship in 1998


McLaren - With Mercedes-Benz engines, West sponsorship and former Williams designer Adrian Newey, further championships came in 1998 and 1999 with driver Mika Häkkinen and during the 2000s the team were consistent front-runners, driver Lewis Hamilton taking their latest title in 2008


Hamilton continued his progress in the Intercontinental A , Formula A and Formula Super A ranks, and became European Champion in 2000 with maximum points add something


In Formula A and Formula Super A, racing for, his team mate was Nico Rosberg who would later drive for the Williams and Mercedes GP teams in Formula One. Following his karting successes the British Racing Drivers' Club made him a "Rising Star" Member in 2000 add something


Hamilton began his car racing career in the 2001 British Formula Renault Winter Series add something


In 2001, Michael Schumacher made a one-off return to karts and competed against Hamilton along with other future F1 drivers Vitantonio Liuzzi and Nico Rosberg add something


He subsequently attended, in February 2001, Cambridge Arts and Sciences , a private sixth-form college in Cambridge add something


Australian Grand Prix - Other prominent names to debut in Melbourne are two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso and one-time champions Kimi Räikkönen and Lewis Hamilton ; former Australian F1 driver, Mark Webber, made his debut there in 2002


Asked in 2002 about the prospect of becoming one of the youngest ever Formula One drivers, Hamilton replied that his goal was "not to be the youngest in F1 add something


This led to a full 2002 Formula Renault UK campaign with Manor Motorsport add something


Hamilton eventually re-signed with McLaren, and made his debut with Manor in the 2004 Formula 3 Euro Series add something


Hamilton first tested for McLaren in late 2004 at Silverstone add something


Later in 2004 Williams would announce that they had come close to signing him but were refused the opportunity due to BMW, their engine supplier at the time, refusing to fund Hamilton's career add something


After the season British magazine "Autosport" featured him in their "Top 50 Drivers of 2005" issue, ranking Hamilton 24th add something


Hamilton moved to the reigning Euro Series champions ASM for the 2005 season and dominated the championship, winning 15 of the 20 rounds add something


Just like their sister team in F3, ART were the leaders of the field and reigning champions having taken the 2005 GP2 crown with Nico Rosberg add something


Nico Hulkenberg - He is one of three drivers since 2005 to win the GP2 series championship in his debut season, the others being Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg


GP2 Series - Many drivers have used GP2 as a stepping stone into Formula One. The 2005 Champion Nico Rosberg was hired by the Williams team for the 2006 F1 campaign, 2006 GP2 winner Lewis Hamilton made the transition to F1 the following year with McLaren and the 2007 Champion Timo Glock to Toyota for the 2008 F1 season


Adrian Sutil - Sutil raced in the Formula 3 Euroseries where he was the runner to Lewis Hamilton in 2005


Adrian Sutil - Sutil stayed with ASM for 2005 and was joined by British driver Lewis Hamilton


Due to his success in Formula Three, he moved to ASM's sister GP2 team ART Grand Prix for 2006 add something


His 2006 GP2 championship coincided with a vacancy at McLaren following the departure of Juan Pablo Montoya to NASCAR and Kimi Räikkönen to Ferrari add something


Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains - After a no-win 2006 season, McLaren bounced back and won the driver's championship in 2008 with Lewis Hamilton


Nelson Piquet, Jr. - In 2006, Piquet gained second place in the championship to British driver Lewis Hamilton in his second year of GP2


Formula One - Most champions from this level graduate into F1, but 2006 GP2 champion Lewis Hamilton became the first F2, F3000 or GP2 champion to win the Formula One driver's title in 2008


After winning the British Formula Renault, Formula Three Euroseries, and GP2 championships on his way up the racing career ladder, he drove for McLaren in 2007, making his Formula One debut 12 years after his initial encounter with Dennis add something


Among thousands of comments left since 2007, some included racial insults add something


In his first season in Formula One, Hamilton set numerous records, while finishing second in the 2007 Formula One Championship, just one point behind Kimi Räikkönen add something


In October 2007, Hamilton announced his intention to live in Switzerland, stating that this was because he wished to get away from the media scrutiny that he experienced living in the United Kingdom add something


On 21 October 2007 it was announced that the FIA were investigating BMW Sauber and Williams for fuel irregularities, the BMW drivers had finished in fifth and sixth place, and if they were to be excluded Hamilton would be promoted to fifth and would win the 2007 Drivers World Championship by one point over Räikkönen add something


The rivalry between Hamilton and teammate Alonso led to speculation that one of the pair would leave McLaren at the end of the 2007 season and Alonso and McLaren subsequently terminated their contract by mutual consent on 2 November 2007 add something


Hamilton admitted under questioning on the television show "Parkinson", which was broadcast on 10 November 2007, that taxation was partly responsible for his decision, in addition to wanting more privacy add something


On 14 December 2007, it was confirmed that Heikki Kovalainen who drove for Renault in 2007 would drive the second car for McLaren-Mercedes for the 2008 Formula One season alongside Hamilton add something


On 18 December 2007, Hamilton was suspended from driving in France for a month after being caught speeding at on a French motorway add something


Nico Hulkenberg - For 2007 he switched to the Formula 3 Euro Series with the ASM team that had taken Lewis Hamilton and Paul di Resta to the last two championships


Romain Grosjean - He stayed in the F3 Euroseries for 2007 but stepped up to ASM Formule 3, for which Jamie Green, Lewis Hamilton, and Paul di Resta won the previous three titles


Australian Grand Prix - In 2007 Kimi Räikkönen in his first race for Ferrari, while Lewis Hamilton became first driver in 11 years to finish on the podium in debut, as he was third behind his team-mate Alonso


United States Grand Prix - Reining champion Sebastian Vettel took pole for the 1st race at the Texas circuit but it was 2007 winner Lewis Hamilton who kept his unbeaten run in the USA as the two finished almost 40 seconds ahead of 3rd


Canadian Grand Prix - The 2007 race was the site of rookie Lewis Hamilton's first win


Tony George - The UK's Lewis Hamilton won the 2007 event, which turned out to be the last running


Heikki Kovalainen - On 14 December 2007 it was confirmed that Kovalainen would replace Alonso once again and drive for McLaren Mercedes in , alongside Lewis Hamilton


Hamilton won the first race of the 2008 season, the , having qualified on pole position add something


Shortly before the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix, a website owned by the Spanish branch of the New York-based advertising agency TBWA and named "pinchalaruedadeHamilton" was featured in the British media add something


This meant that Hamilton had clinched the 2008 Formula One World Championship, becoming the youngest driver to win the title, as well as the first black driver add something


In January 2008, Hamilton signed a new five-year multi-million pound contract to stay with McLaren-Mercedes until the end of the 2012 season add something


On 4 February 2008, Hamilton was verbally heckled and otherwise abused during pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya in Catalonia by several Spanish spectators who wore black face paint and black wigs, as well as shirts bearing the words "Hamilton's " add something


In reaction to this behaviour, the FIA announced on 13 February 2008 that it will launch a "Race Against Racism" campaign add something


Autosport International - Drivers who have attended include David Coulthard, Gary Paffett, Takuma Sato, Anthony Davidson, Allan McNish, Damon Hill plus 2008 formula one world champion Lewis Hamilton and 2009 world champion Jenson Button


Jarno Trulli - He qualified on the front row alongside pole-sitter Felipe Massa for the season-ending , which was to decide the 2008 world championship between Massa and Lewis Hamilton


Belgian Grand Prix - In 2008, McLaren's Lewis Hamilton survived a frantic last two laps in a late shower of rain to win the Belgian Grand Prix


Turkish Grand Prix - In 2008, the race was held in May. Two-stopping Massa won the race ahead of three-stopping Lewis Hamilton, although Hamilton had passed him during the race


Heikki Kovalainen - After his first official testing session occurred on 9 January 2008 at Jerez, Kovalainen made his McLaren race début at the , where he was quickest in the first qualifying session and started third on the grid behind Lewis Hamilton and Robert Kubica


Hamilton was awarded an MBE by the Queen in the 2009 New Year Honours add something


On 18 March 2009, Madame Tussauds unveiled a waxwork of Hamilton in his Vodafone McLaren Mercedes race suit add something


Regenerative brake - Vodafone McLaren Mercedes became the first team to win a F1 GP using a KERS equipped car when Lewis Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix on 26 July 2009


In the Grand Prix, Hamilton claimed his first victory of the 2010 season as he and Button completed a 1-2 add something


Jenson Button - For 2010, he moved to McLaren, partnering fellow British racer and former World Champion Lewis Hamilton


Eddie Jordan - Jordan has broken many stories before they were due to be confirmed; these include Lewis Hamilton's move to Mercedes, Michael Schumacher's return in 2010 and Felipe Massa's departure from Ferrari


Ayrton Senna - On 25 July 2010, popular BBC motoring show, "Top Gear" paid an emotional tribute to Senna with British Formula One World Champion, Lewis Hamilton driving Senna's original MP4/4, with which he won the 1988 title


For the 2011 Brazilian Grand Prix, Hamilton wore a special helmet that was a fusion of his post 2011 helmet, and that of Ayrton Senna add something


From 2011 onwards Hamilton's helmet was changed whereby it no longer resembled Senna's helmet as much as it had done add something


In Germany, Hamilton took his second victory of 2011 as he held off Webber and Alonso add something


In July 2011 the father of Nicole Scherzinger announced that Hamilton and his daughter were engaged to be married add something


Simon Fuller - In March 2011, Simon Fuller was announced as the manager of British F1 driver Lewis Hamilton and surprised many within F1 when he moved Hamilton from McLaren and signed him to a long term contract with the MercedesAMG team


At the start of 2012, he moved his personal residence from Switzerland to Monaco add something


Hamilton remained at McLaren alongside Button for the 2012 season add something


In 2012, Hamilton features in a new cartoon, called "Tooned" alongside Jenson Button and comedian Alexander Armstrong add something


Hamilton won the on 29 July 2012 to claim his second win of the season add something


On 28 September 2012, it was announced after much speculation that Hamilton would be leaving McLaren after the 2012 season to join Mercedes for the season onwards, partnering Nico Rosberg after signing a three-year contract with the team add something


Alexander Armstrong (comedian) - Also in 2012 he is the voice of Professor M for the animation breaks for the McLaren F1 team with the animations called "Tooned" which feature the voices of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button broadcast on Sky Sports F1


Ross Brawn - In the 2012 Japanese Grand Prix Schumacher announced his retirement from Formula 1, and Mercedes announced that the 2008 world champion and McLaren driver, Lewis Hamilton, was to join their line-up, pairing with Rosberg for the 2013 F1 season


Sergio Perez - On 28 September 2012, Lewis Hamilton's decision to leave McLaren for Mercedes in 2013 was announced, and Pérez was subsequently confirmed as Hamilton's replacement


Michael Schumacher - On 28 September 2012, it was announced that Lewis Hamilton would replace Schumacher at Mercedes for the season onwards, having signed a three-year deal to partner Nico Rosberg at the team


At the start of 2013, Hamilton took delivery of a metallic red and black Bombardier Challenger 604 private jet, tail plate number G-LCDH, which is managed for him by TAG Aviation add something


In Formula A and Formula Super A, racing for, his team mate was Nico Rosberg who would later drive for the Williams and Mercedes teams in &Formula_One; they would later team up again for Mercedes in 2013 add something


Nico Rosberg - Rosberg will stay at Mercedes for the 2013 season where he will be partnered with Lewis Hamilton after Hamilton signed a three-year contract with the team


German Grand Prix - Sebastian Vettel won in 2013 after making a great start to beat pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton into the Nürburgring GP circuit's first corner


A new rule for the 2014 season allowed the drivers to pick a unique car number that they will use for their entire career add something


In November 2014 Hamilton announced that he would not be renewing his management contract with Fuller add something


Simon Fuller - In 2014 Lewis Hamilton won the 2014 F1 World Championship and publicly thanked Simon Fuller


British Grand Prix - It is perhaps the best-attended Grand Prix of the year; although this can be attributed to the fact that homeland hero Lewis Hamilton has been consistently successful there, winning three times in a row, from 2014 to 2016


Felipe Massa - On the 9 of November 2014 Massa took his second podium for Williams at the as he finished third alongside second place Lewis Hamilton and 1st place Nico Rosberg


Felipe Massa - On 9 November 2014 Massa took his second podium for Williams at the as he finished third behind second placed Lewis Hamilton and winner Nico Rosberg


In February 2015, it was reported that Hamilton had purchased a Ferrari LaFerrari from "his rivals in Maranello add something


Nico Rosberg - Rosberg's 2015 season began with a 2nd place to his teammate Lewis Hamilton in Australia and 3rd in Malaysia behind both Sebastian Vettel from Ferrari and Hamilton


Daniel Ricciardo - On 8 February 2015, during the third episode of series 22 of the popular British motoring television programme, "Top Gear", Ricciardo became the fastest Formula One driver to perform a lap of the Top Gear test track during the "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car" feature, beating the previous record-holder Lewis Hamilton with a time of 1:42,2


On 3rd July, 2016, Hamilton went on to win the Austrian Grand Prix despite having a last lap collision with his German rival Rosberg add something


On 3 July 2016, Hamilton went on to win the Austrian Grand Prix despite having a last lap collision with Rosberg add something


On 10 July 2016, Hamilton completed a hat-trick of home wins by triumphing in the British Grand Prix to cut his Mercedes team-mate's championship lead to just one point add something


Barbara Palvin - As of June 2016, Palvin has been dating Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton


On 25 January 2017, Hamilton announced that he was running a competition for his fans to design his 2017 helmet add something


Following the leak of the confidential Paradise Papers in November 2017, it was reported that Hamilton had avoided paying £3,3 million of Value Added Tax on his private jet worth £16,5 million add something


Ayrton Senna - On June 10, 2017 after qualifying on pole for the Canadian Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton was presented with a Senna helmet that had been worn by Senna during a race


United States Grand Prix - On October 22, 2017 Lewis Hamilton won the race


In 2018, it was reported that Hamilton had a net-worth of around £131 million add something


In 2018, it was widely reported that Hamilton was in a relationship with singer Nicki Minaj add something


The 2018 season would be the first time that two four-time World Champions, Hamilton and Vettel, would be competing for a fifth title and has been billed as the "Fight for Five" by journalists and fans add something


The victory gave Hamilton the lead of the championship for the first time in 2018 add something


" In 2018, Hamilton said in an interview that he gave up drinking "a while ago" add something


In December 2018, Stevenage-born Hamilton caused controversy at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards where he said on live television, "It really was a dream for us all as a family to do something different add something


Monaco Grand Prix - In 2018, Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso criticized Monaco GP as the "most boring race" due to limited opportunities of overtaking