Lewis Hamilton

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George Russell

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About

Sir Lewis Hamilton is a British racing driver who was born in Stevenage, England on 7 January 1985.

He is the most successful driver of all time, winning more races than anyone else in history and finishing as World Champion a record-equalling seven times.

Hamilton began his F1 career at McLaren in 2007 where he partnered two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso.

After beating the Spaniard in his rookie season it was clear that Hamilton was something special. He would only prove that further one year later as he captured his first World Championship after a truly bonkers 2008 Brazilian GP.

From there McLaren largely struggled to give Hamilton a car which could bring him his second title, but how things would soon change.

In what was a shock move at the time, Hamilton signed for the Mercedes team from 2013. Far from the dominant force they are now, Hamilton took the seat vacated by seven-time World Champion Michael Schumacher, and alongside Nico Rosberg had the task of dragging the Silver Arrows up the standings.

And he would do just that as 2014 marked the start of the turbo-hybrid era and also Mercedes' F1 dominance with Hamilton now a seven-time champ, while Mercedes have a record seven Drivers' titles and eight-consecutive Constructors' titles to their name.

Hamilton boasts a plethora of F1 records, such as most career points, most Grand Prix victories and most pole positions.

His success in the sport earned him the top honour in England as he was named on the 2021 New Year Honours list, receiving his knighthood in December of that year to become Sir Lewis Hamilton.

He has used his platform to show support for many different issues, such as the Black Lives Matter movement which he supported especially during the 2020 and 2021 seasons to combat racism.

He also founded Mission 44 to support young people from underrepresented groups in the UK to succeed, and The Hamilton Commission in a bid to make Formula 1 a more diverse organisation.

Away from F1 Hamilton is known for his love of fashion, launching his own brand alongside Tommy Hilfiger.

He also likes his music, and has previously confirmed that he is training to be in his first action movie, even launching a TV and film production company called Dawn Apollo films.

As a vegan Hamilton isn't shy when it comes to his environmental campaigning, London's vegan burger joint Neat Burger among his business interests, which also include co-ownership of the Denver Broncos NFL franchise.

Career

Lewis Hamilton was somewhat of an unknown when he was called up to race for McLaren in 2007, and the reigning GP2 champion certainly didn't have it easy with Fernando Alonso as his team-mate.

The Brit meant business, though, finishing on the podium in his debut race. He would go on to miss out on winning the title in his first season by just one point to Kimi Raikkonen.

Hamilton set various records in his rookie campaign, such as most consecutive podium finishes from debut (nine) and most points in a debut season (109).

Hamilton's emergence proved to be the end for Alonso who quit McLaren after 2007 following just one season with the team, such was the tension between he and Hamilton.

Meanwhile Hamilton was handed a bumper new deal to stay with McLaren until 2012.

2008 proved to be Hamilton's year though as he claimed five wins and ten podium finishes to secure his first Drivers' Championship, although his driving style was called into question for being somewhat reckless - shades of Schumacher?

He would capture the title at a thrilling Brazilian GP - Felipe Massa would win the race and the title, too, everyone thought in front of his home fans, but as the rain began to fall Hamilton would pass Toyota's Timo Glock through the last corner to take P5 and the points he needed to snatch the Championship from Massa.

From 2009 to 2012 McLaren couldn't quite hit the same heights with their machinery. Hamilton would score multiple wins in all four of those seasons, but a culmination of less competitive machinery and a self-confessed loss of focus saw him fail to finish higher than fourth in the Drivers' standings.

Perhaps then a reset was needed? And it duly arrived with Hamilton announcing he would end his long-standing relationship with McLaren after the 2012 campaign - though few expected Mercedes to be his next destination.

The Silver Arrows had returned to F1 as a manufacturer in 2010, though they were yet to mount any sort of challenge for titles with Nico Rosberg claiming their only win at the 2012 Chinese Grand Prix.

Progress was slow, but Mercedes emerged in 2013 as a more dangerous outfit, yet Hamilton's win in Hungary was his only one of the season, while Rosberg claimed top spot at the Monaco and British GPs.

It was after that spell when Sebastian Vettel went on his dominant run of nine straight wins to end the season and walk away with the Drivers' Championship, but Mercedes were up to P2 in the Constructors'.

With 2014 though came new opportunities - F1 made the switch to turbo charged V6 hybrid engines, and so the door was open for someone to take F1 by the scruff of the neck.

Step forward Mercedes - between them Hamilton and Rosberg would take 16 of the 19 wins on offer as the pair dueled to be World Champion all the way to the decider in Abu Dhabi, where an ERS failure struck Rosberg and allowed Hamilton to go on and win his second title.

World Championship number three arrived for Hamilton in 2015 in more comfortable fashion as he wrapped up proceedings with three races to spare, but Rosberg would win those last three races and carried on his rediscovered form into 2016.

Once again Hamilton and Rosberg would fight all the way to the season-ending Abu Dhabi GP, and it was here where we saw Hamilton, who was leading the race, slow considerably to try and back Rosberg into Vettel behind to cost him the P2 he needed to win the title.

His efforts were unsuccessful, however, as Rosberg took P2 and his first Drivers' Championship, before retiring from the sport shortly after.

Hamilton had a new team-mate for 2017 in the form of Valtteri Bottas, but Vettel proved to be his biggest threat for the year.

For the first time Ferrari had provided the car which Vettel needed for success, and it was all going well until Hamilton took the outright lead of the Championship for the first time with victory at Monza, in front of the Ferrari faithful.

Hamilton would secure a fourth title at the Mexican GP - Vettel was back for another shot the following year, but his season never really recovered from crashing out of the lead of his home race in Germany.

A fifth title was Hamilton's and in 2019 we returned once again to Mercedes dominance. Bottas may have won two of the opening four races, but 'Bottas 2.0' soon vanished as Hamilton claimed eleven wins to take the title by 87 points.

Not even a global pandemic could get in the way of Hamilton in 2020 as he became Formula 1's most successful driver ever. Victory in Portugal saw him surpass Schumacher's previous record of most Grand Prix wins (91) and Hamilton was soon crowned World Champion for the seventh time, equalling the German's record.

He sent a powerful message as he clinched his title victory in the Turkish GP, saying: "That's for all the kids out there who dream the impossible. You can do it too man!"

Hamilton finished a massive 124 points ahead of teammate Bottas in P2, despite missing a race due to COVID-19, showing that he truly was, in a league of his own.

For 2021 though Red Bull's Max Verstappen earned a promotion, creating a two-team league with Hamilton as the pair battled for the Drivers' title, a season which went down in history as one of the greatest Formula 1 has produced.

Following a campaign of twists and turns, including a pair of heavy collisions at Silverstone and Monza, Hamilton and Verstappen went into the title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix level on points, the first time since 1974 that the title contenders had been level going into the last race.

The season sadly ended in controversy, spawned from a late Safety Car that bunched up the pack just when Hamilton was looking well on his way to a record eighth World Championship.

Verstappen pitted for fresh tyres, retaining P2, Hamilton did not, followed by the race director withdrawing the SC after only the lapped runners between Verstappen and Hamilton had overtaken.

Verstappen passed Hamilton with the aid of his superior tyres, crowning himself World Champion for the first time as he took the chequered flag.

The fall-out was fierce as Mercedes failed with two post-race appeals, while Hamilton headed into a winter of silence, even skipping the FIA prize-giving gala, showing that he too could test the boundaries of the sporting regulations.

Hamilton would ultimately break his silence and return to his Formula 1 activities, following mounting speculation that he would quit the series after the events of Abu Dhabi.

Sadly for Hamilton, there would be no opportunity to push for immediate redemption in 2022, Mercedes sending a W13 into action which was not up to the task of fighting for regular wins, yet alone titles at the start of the new regulatory era.

Hamilton also had a new team-mate alongside him in the form of George Russell, who shone during the early stages of the campaign, finishing ahead of Hamilton in six of the opening seven races, although the Safety Car and its poor timing for Hamilton on multiple occasions played a role in that streak.

With P3 at the season-opening Bahrain GP followed by a run of seven races without a podium for Hamilton, it was claimed that Hamilton was doing the bulk of the legwork to find ways to unlock performance from the W13. However, some saw a Hamilton who was losing motivation and could walk away after the season was over.

Once more though Hamilton demonstrated that talk was cheap, growing more competitive and upbeat as the season went on as light began to emerge at the end of the proverbial tunnel.

Returning to the podium in Canada, that started a streak of five podiums in succession, the latter P2 finishes in France and Hungary. With Mercedes getting their act together once again, they delivered a performance in Brazil reminiscent of their dominant days, George Russell taking the sprint and race victory as Hamilton made it a one-two.

It was even shades of 2021 as Hamilton and Verstappen collided at the apex of Interlagos' Turn 2, Hamilton nonetheless recovering to cross the line behind his team-mate.

But, with a hydraulic failure forcing Hamilton to retire from the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, it meant that for the first time in his Formula 1 career, he finished a season without a single victory.

Hamilton's renewed title hopes for 2023 took a swift and bitter blow, Mercedes quickly realising that sticking with their unique 'zero-pod' concept was the wrong route to take, prompting Hamilton to publicly criticise his team over feeling as though his input was ignored for the W14.

Hamilton went the full season without a victory, making it back-to-back winless seasons, though he was able to hit back in the Mercedes intra-team battle, getting the better of Russell over the season.

Claiming P3 in the Drivers' Championship, Hamilton was the highest-finishing non-Red Bull driver with 234 points, scoring six podium finishes across the season, including runner-up results in Australia, Spain and Mexico.

The United States Grand Prix should have represented another Hamilton P2, but despite delivering arguably his strongest performance of the season in Austin, he was disqualified from the results after the FIA found excessive plank wear on his Mercedes.

Hamilton would also take his F1 career pole position tally to 104 by claiming pole at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Speculation had bubbled up which linked Hamilton with a move to Ferrari, while Red Bull team principal Christian Horner claimed to have been contacted by Hamilton's father Anthony, though he would agree a Mercedes contract extension which runs to the end of 2025.

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