Lewis Hamilton: Most Successful F1 Driver On the 2023 Grid


Lewis Hamilton
Full nameSir Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton MBE HonFREng
ProfessionFormula One driver
Years active2007 – present
No. of championships7
Age38 years

Lewis Hamilton, or Sir Lewis Hamilton to be more accurate, is a 7-time F1 champion of the world who holds in his name the record for the most win, most podiums, most pole positions and many more. With the words ‘Still I Rise’ shining on the back of his helmet and tattooed across his shoulders, it is all he had done since he first came into Formula One in 2008.

Although some might think that it is too early to call him the GOAT (Greatest of All Time), the records and performances of Sir Lewis Hamilton in Formula One tells otherwise. Not only he gave an astounding performance in his rookie year, coming second in the championship, but he also became the youngest driver at the time to win the Formula One WDC in his second year only.

Not only a great driver but Hamilton is also an amazing human being who has earned immense respect from his peers, fans as well as many legends of Formula One racing. A prominent advocate against racism and for increased diversity in motorsport, Lewis has launched several charitable foundations through which he aims to help the underprivileged.

Lewis Hamilton Personal Biography

Date of birth7 January 1985
Place of birthStevenage, Hertfordshire, England
Marital statusUnmarried
PartnersNicole Scherzinger (2007 – 2015)
ParentsAnthony Hamilton,  Carmen Larbalestier

Hamilton was born on 7 January 1985 in Stevenage, Hertfordshire to Anthony Hamilton and Carmen Larbalestier.

His father is black and is of Grenadian descent, while his mother is White British from Birmingham, making Lewis mixed-race.

After the separation of his parents when he was two, Hamilton lived with his mother and older half-sisters until he was twelve.

After that, he went on to live with his father, stepmother and half-brother Nicolas, who is also a professional racing driver.

Hamilton’s father played a major role in making him the legend that he is now and worked 4 jobs at one point to support his career.

From 2007 to 2015, Hamilton was in an on-and-off relationship with the lead singer of the American girl group Pussycat Dolls, Nicole Scherzinger.

Racing Career Highlights

  • Hamilton started karting in 1993 when he was only 8 years old and began winning races and championships at a such small age.
  • In 1995, he became the youngest driver to win the British cadet karting championship at the age of ten.
  • Unstoppable from the beginning, Hamilton continued his progress in various Formula races and ultimately became the European Champion in 2000.
  • He made his Formula One debut in 2007 with McLaren where he teamed up with two-time and defending World Champion Fernando Alonso.
  • Lewis created history when he finished on the podium in his first race and won a race even before the season has reached its midterm.
  • In his rookie year itself, Hamilton finishes second in the World’s Driver Championship finishing only one point behind the champion Kimi Raikkonen.
  • The next year, Hamilton won his first title in one of the most dramatic races at the end of the season and became the youngest F1 champion at the time.
  • He signed up with Mercedes in 2013 and went on to win 6 more world titles as of 2022.
  • Currently, he is signed with the Mercedes only and the whole world is eagerly looking up to his record 8th WDC title.

Formula One World Championship career

Active years2007 – present
TeamsMcLaren, Mercedes
Car number44
Championships7 (2008, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
Pole positions103
Fastest laps61
Career points4415.5
First entry2007 Australian Grand Prix
First win2007 Canadian Grand Prix
Last win2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
Last entry2023 Bahrain Grand Prix (ongoing)

Lewis Hamilton in Numbers

311- Race starts

103- Race victories

186- Podiums

173- Front row starts

178- Led Grand Prix

61- Fastest laps

19- Hat-tricks (pole position + race win + fastest lap)

6- Grand Slam (pole position + race win + fastest lap + led every lap)

Awards & Honors in Hamilton’s name

  • FIA Action of the Year (2022)
  • Sportsman of the Year (2020)
  • FIA Personality of the Year (2014, 2018, 2020–21)
  • Breakthrough of the Year (2008)
  • International Racing Driver Award (2007–08, 2014–15, 2017–20)
  • AS Rookie of the Year (2006–07)
  • Autosport British Club Driver of the Year (2003)

Lewis Hamilton on Social Media


Lewis Hamilton Salary & Net Worth 2023

Lewis Hamilton is one of the highest-paid and richest Formula One drivers in the history of the sport.

According to Forbes, his deal with Mercedes earned him a whopping $57 million a year as of 2021.

Other than his salary, Lewis also earns a decent amount from prize money and brand endorsements

He has been in deals with top brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Monster Energy, Puma, Sony, Bose, Bell Helmets, and many others.

As on 2023, Lewis Hamilton has an estimated net worth of $285 million.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who was the first black driver in F1 history?

Answer: Lewis Hamilton

2. How many black drivers have been in F1 history?

Answer: Only one and that is Lewis Hamilton

3. Who is the biggest rival of Sir Lewis Hamilton?

Answer: As of now, it’s Max Verstappen.

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