Lewis Hamilton is one of Britain’s best professional racing drivers competing in the highest division of single-class auto racing, Formula One, elite and adrenaline pumping. Often regarded as the best in sports, Hamilton, who has six world championships to his name, is known for his energy, unique driving style, and uncompromising will to succeed. The reigning world champion has conquered various rivalries with other racing drivers to emerge as one of the best in the sport. We review the rise of this incredible sportsman who has won the hearts of millions of people around the world and who is hailed as the world’s greatest racing driver in our Lewis Hamilton biography, childhood, net worth and personal life.
He is 36 years.
5 ft 9 in (1.74 m)
Early life and education
Hamilton was born on 7 January 1985 in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England. His father, Anthony Hamilton, is black and is of Grenadian descent, while his mother, Carmen Larbalestier, is white, making him mixed-race; Hamilton has identified as black. Hamilton’s parents separated when he was two, after which he lived with his mother and older half-sisters, Samantha and Nicola, until he was twelve.Hamilton then lived with his father, stepmother, Linda, and his half-brother Nicolas, who is also a professional racing driver. Hamilton was raised a Catholic. Hamilton’s father bought him a radio-controlled car when he was five.Hamilton finished second in the national BRCA championship the following year against adult competition. Being the only black child racing at his club, Hamilton was subjected to racist abuse. Hamilton’s father bought him a go-kart for Christmas when he was six and promised to support his racing career as long as he worked hard at school. To support his son, Hamilton’s father took redundancy from his position as an IT manager and became a contractor – sometimes working up to four jobs at a time including employment as a double glazing salesman, dishwasher and putting up signs for estate agents– while still attending his son’s races. Hamilton’s father later set up his own IT company. He continued to be Hamilton’s manager until early 2010.Hamilton was educated at The John Henry Newman School, a voluntary aided Catholic secondary school in Stevenage. At the age of five, Hamilton took up karate to defend himself as a result of bullying at school. In addition to racing, he played association football for his school team with eventual England international, Ashley Young. Hamilton, an Arsenal fan, said that if Formula One had not worked for him he would have been a footballer or a cricketer, having played both for his school teams. In February 2001 he began studies at Cambridge Arts and Sciences (CATS), a private sixth-form college in Cambridge.
At just eight years old, Hamilton had already begun to win the Championship in the cadet category. At age 10, Hamilton met Ron Dennis, McLaren’s Formula One boss, and asked for an autograph. He expressed his desire to drive one of McLaren’s cars one day, and Dennis replies that Hamilton should call him in 9 years. Hamilton, who had a knack for racing, progressed to become one of the youngest racing prodigies in the sport. After winning the Super Series and the British Championship for the second time in 1998, McLaren called Hamilton and recruited him into McLaren’s driver development program. The contract that Hamilton signed had the option of a future Formula One seat. Hamilton continued to progress in various racing divisions such as Formula A and Formula Super A. In 2000, Hamilton became European Champion. Because of his success, he was named a rising star member of the British Racing Drivers’ Club. His early racing career got off to a good start in 2002 with Manor Motorsport in the 2002 UK Formula Renault. In the first year, Hamilton finished third and won the championship, for the second time. Following speculation that Williams will sign Hamilton, he re-signed with McLaren and participated in the Formula 3 Euro Series in 2004, where he finished fifth. He then won the Bahrain F3 Superprix and the Marlboro Formula 3 Masters. Therefore, Autosport ranked him in the top 50 drivers of 2005. Following his success in Formula 3, he moved on to GP2, where he competed for the ART Grand Prix and won the GP2 Championship. Following the departure of certain McLaren drivers, Hamilton became the team’s second driver.
Awards / Achievements
n 2007, Hamilton made his Formula One debut for McLaren. His partner was a two-time defending champion, Fernando Alonso. During his debut season, he set several records for a debut driver, including the most joint victories in a debut season. He and his partner Alonso were involved in several clashes that resulted in Alonso parting ways with McLaren by mutual consent. After a spectacular debut season in Formula One, Hamilton and McLaren agreed to a multi-million dollar deal that will end in 2012. In his second season, Hamilton defeated Felipe Massa by one point to become the youngest Formula One Champion. After his championship victory in 2008, Hamilton struggled to win another championship with McLaren.
In 2013, Hamilton signed with Mercedes and became teammates with Nico Rosberg, his childhood karting teammate and friend. In his first season with Mercedes, he won the Hungarian Grand Prix. In his second season, he won 11 races for Mercedes and fought hard against teammate, Nico Rosberg to win his second Formula One Championship. According to new regulations, drivers had to choose a number to be used throughout their career, and Hamilton chose #44, his karting number. Though as the reigning world champion, he had the opportunity to change it to #1 in 2015, he opted to remain with #44.
He went on to win 10 races and was involved in a tense rivalry with Nico Rosberg, but eventually won his third championship. Hamilton went on to sign a three-year contract with Mercedes, worth £100 million. He also granted the privilege to retain his image rights, as well as keep his winning cars and trophies.
In 2016, Nico Rosberg got his win over Hamilton, after he won the 2016 Championship. Following his win, Rosberg announced his retirement from racing. Ferrari racer, Sebastian Vettel, thus became Hamilton greatest rival in Formula One after Nico Rosberg retirement.
Hamilton was able to secure a fourth title in 2017. But in 2018, it was such an intense one for both drivers as they were both competing to secure a fifth Championship. The struggle for a fifth title which journalists referred to as Fight for Five, Hamilton set the record for the most points scored in a season to win his fifth Championship. He thus signed a two-year contract with Mercedes which will see him receive as much as £40 million annually.
In 2019, Hamilton claimed his 6th career grand slam to the admiration of fans.
In 2017, Hamilton told the BBC that he had gone vegan because “the human race, what we are doing to the world … pollution coming from the amount of cows that are being produced is unbelievable. The cruelty is horrible and I don’t necessarily want to support that and I want to live a healthier life. ” In 2018 he was named PETA’s ‘Person of the Year’ for his vegan activism. In 2018, Hamilton said in an interview that he stopped drinking “a while ago”. Hamilton is an art fanatic and has said that one of his favorite artists is Andy Warhol. Prior to the 2014 United States Grand Prix, Hamilton wore a gold-framed version of Warhol’s Cars, a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupe frame that hung from a chain around his neck. From November 2007 to February 2015, Hamilton had an on-off relationship with Nicole Scherzinger, the lead singer of the American girl group Pussycat Dolls.Hamilton owns two unrestored 1967 AC Cobras, one black and one red, and in February 2015, it was reported that he had purchased a Ferrari LaFerrari from “his rivals in Maranello”. On December 18, 2007, Hamilton was suspended from driving in France for a month after being caught at a speed of 196 km / h (122 mph) on a French motorway. His Mercedes-Benz CLK was also seized. Two days before the 2010 Australian Grand Prix, Victoria Police witnessed Hamilton “deliberately losing traction” in his silver Mercedes-AMG C63 and impounded the car for 48 hours. Hamilton immediately issued a statement of apology for “driving in an exuberant manner.” After being charged with intentionally losing control of a vehicle, Hamilton was eventually fined AU $ 500 (£ 288), and the magistrate described him as a “hoon”.
Lewis Hamilton net worth 2021
According to reports and sources, Lewis Hamilton net worth estimated to be around $285 million. He is the 8th richest sportsman in the world as of 2021 and the richest in Britain. He signed a contract extension with Mercedes in 2018 which increased his base salary to $30 Million annually.