Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton is a Formula 1 (F1) racing driver born on 7 January 1985 in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England. He became interested in motorsport at the age of six when his father Anthony Hamilton bought him a radio-controlled car. From then on his passion for the sport grew, leading to his racing debut in F1 in 2007, where he finished second, just one point behind champion Kimi Raikkonen (Ferarri). The following 2008 season, Lewis Hamilton won his first World Championship title at the age of 23, making him the youngest motorsport champion in the history of the competition.
Since then he has won three more world championship titles – 2014, 2015, and 2017. He won his last three championships with his current team Mercedes Benz, of which he is still a member for the 2013 racing season, but his first championship in 2008 was won with McLaren.
It is said that when Hamilton was just ten years old, he attended the 1995 Autosport Awards with his father and went to Ron Dennis, then McLaren team manager, to tell him that he (Hamilton) would one day drive for the McLaren team. He was later inducted into McLaren’s Young Driver Support Program in 1998, and after showing such promise in that program, he was promoted to F1 and in 2007 was named Official McLaren Motorsport Driver, as he had told Ron Dennis twelve years earlier. This 2007 season was also his debut season in F1. Today the rest is history!
Lewis Hamilton’s Career
Lewis Hamilton began his motorsport career in 1993 by driving karts, and in 1995 he won the British Kart Championship, the first of many championships he would win during his career. He was the British Karting Champion for three consecutive years (1995 – 1998). Next, the little genius won the championship of the future, the Sky TV KartMasters, and the Five Nations Championship (Cadet level) – all in 1996. In 1998, Hamilton made history by winning the Continental and World Karting Championships as the youngest driver at the age of fifteen.
Following these successes, McLaren accepted him into the training program for young car racers, and at the age of 23, he was announced in 2007 as the second driver in the F1 Championship of the season alongside the legendary Fernando Alonso. Although he finished second, his debut season was indeed an impressive one, as he set records and was able to keep up with others. He set a new record for a rookie’s highest score, 109, the most podiums for a rookie, 9, and then repeated an earlier record for a rookie’s most wins, 4. The next season, of course, he finished one step better and won the World Championship for the first time when he asked for the second time.
Until his move to Mercedes AMG Petronas at the end of the 2012 season, Hamilton did not finish fourth overall and two years after his move to Mercedes he won the drivers’ championship again, back to back (2014 and 2015). In 2016 he would then lose to his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, but in 2017 he reclaimed his World Championship title and became World Champion four times, finishing third on the winners’ list.
Family – Brother, Mother, Father
Lewis Hamilton is considered “the first black driver in F1” due to his mixed background. His father Anthony Hamilton, born in 1969, was an entrepreneur and until 2010 also the manager of his son. He was of black descent – a black Briton from England – while his first wife, Hamilton’s mother, also from England, is white. Her name is Carmen Larbalestier. She divorced Hamilton’s father Anthony when he was only two years old. Hamilton grew up with his mother and the half-sisters from his mother’s second marriage – Nicola and Samantha Lockhart. His father also remarried Linda Hamilton, who became his stepmother.
Lewis has a younger brother from his father’s marriage to his stepmother, whose name is Nicolas Hamilton. He was born on 28 March 1992 with cerebral palsy. Nicolas is also a professional racing driver in the British Touring Car Championship and drives a modified car.
Salary and Net Worth
His current contract with Mercedes AMG Petronas, which is entering its final year, is a three-year contract signed in 2016 and expires at the end of the 2018 campaign. Its value is £100 million (over $139 million), plus the revenue from its advertising contracts with Monster Energy Drinks, Puma, Bombardier Recreational Products, IWC, etc., which add another $8.3 million to his accounts each year. All this has earned him a place among the richest athletes in the world. His current net worth is estimated at well over $183 million.
Who Is Lewis Hamilton’s Girlfriend
The F1 car racer has been associated with a number of prominent hotties, and it is no wonder that this is the case. Lewis Hamilton has dated some of the top models and beauty queens in the industry, but he is not yet married. Hamilton’s first officially known girlfriend was Danielle Lloyd, with whom he dated in 2002. Their relationship lasted only six months. That was before Hamilton became the Super F1 racer he is today, and Danielle became famous by winning the Miss England beauty pageant.
Between 2003 and 2007 he was with his childhood love Jodia Ma for four years, but in June 2007 the two broke up. He also dated beauty queens Lotta Hintsa and Vivian Burkhardt in 2006 and 2008.
In 2007 he entered into a long-term relationship with Nicole Scherzinger. The relationship lasted seven years between 2007 and 2015. After breaking up with Nicole, Hamilton had an affair with the glamour model Veronica Valle, which ended in disaster after three months. The rumor was about a romantic affair with Rihanna, who was his long-time girlfriend in 2015. In 2016 it was Rita Ora, and although the two never publicly confessed their relationship, they were seen together during holidays and at various events.
Hamilton was also involved with Hungarian model Barbara Palvin in 2016 and then with model Winnie Harlow between 2016 and 2017. His last date is said to have been in 2017 with Sofia Richie, an 18-year-old model, and daughter of RnB legend Lionel Richie. The relationship has neither been confirmed nor denied by either party.
Body Measurements, Weight, Height
The good-looking British athlete has the perfect body measurements for an F1 racer. With a height of 174 cm (5ft 9in) and a weight of 69 kg (152 lbs), the always charming Hamilton is in good shape to rule F1 for another 5 years. If you look at his body measurements, his numbers are 37-14-29 inches (chest, biceps, waist). His hair color is black and his eyes are dark brown.