Formula 1 Driver Details

Lewis Hamilton

Data and Statistics

Date of Birth January 3, 1985 Championships 8 (1 Won)
Place of Birth Stevenage, GBR Grand Prix 130 (22 Won)
Nationality GBR Podiums 54
Weight/Height 68 kg / 174 cm Poles 32
First GP March 19, 2007 Fastest Laps 13
Last GP March 16, 2014 Highest Position 1 (x22)
Constructors McLaren, Mercedes Highest Pole 1 (x22)
Website www.lewishamilton.com
Pole
Position
Race
Position
Race
Points
Year/Team1234567891011121314151617181920PtsPos
2014
Mercedes
AUS
0RET1
017
2013
Mercedes
AUS
1053
MYS
1534
CHN
1531
BHR
10514
ESP
0122
MCO
1242
CAN
1532
GBR
1241
DEU
1051
HUN
2511
BEL
1531
ITA
2912
SGP
1055
KOR
1052
JPN
0RET3
IND
863
ARE
674
USA
1245
BRA
295
1894
2012
McLaren
AUS
1531
MYS
1531
CHN
1537
BHR
482
ESP
4824
MCO
1053
CAN
2512
EUR
0192
GBR
488
DEU
0RET7
HUN
2511
BEL
0RET7
ITA
2511
SGP
0RET1
JPN
1059
KOR
1103
IND
1243
ARE
0DNF1
USA
2512
BRA
0DNF1
1904
2011
McLaren
AUS
1822
MYS
482
CHN
2513
TUR
1244
ESP
1823
MCO
869
CAN
0RET5
EUR
1243
GBR
12410
DEU
2512
HUN
1242
BEL
0DNF2
ITA
1242
SGP
1054
JPN
1053
KOR
1821
IND
675
ARE
2512
BRA
0RET4
2275
2010
McLaren-Mercedes
BHR
1534
AUS
8611
MYS
8620
CHN
1826
ESP
0143
MCO
1055
TUR
2512
CAN
2511
EUR
1823
GBR
1824
DEU
1246
HUN
0RET5
BEL
2512
ITA
0RET5
SGP
0RET3
JPN
1058
KOR
1824
BRA
1244
ARE
1822
2404
2009
McLaren-Mercedes
AUS
0DSQ18
MYS
1712
CHN
369
BHR
545
ESP
0914
MCO
01220
TUR
01316
GBR
01618
DEU
0185
HUN
1014
EUR
821
BEL
0RET12
ITA
0121
SGP
1011
JPN
633
BRA
6317
ARE
0RET1
495
2008
McLaren-Mercedes
AUS
1011
MYS
459
BHR
0133
ESP
635
TUR
823
MCO
1013
CAN
0RET1
FRA
01013
GBR
1014
DEU
1011
HUN
451
EUR
822
BEL
631
ITA
2715
SGP
632
JPN
0121
CHN
1011
BRA
454
981
2007
McLaren-Mercedes
AUS
634
MYS
824
BHR
822
ESP
824
MCO
822
CAN
1011
USA
1011
FRA
632
GBR
631
EUR
0910
HUN
1011
TUR
452
ITA
822
BEL
544
JPN
1011
CHN
0RET1
BRA
272
1092
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Driver Bio

The bad boy of Formula 1 racing has already 5 seasons as a driver for McLaren, but it seems longer than that given his troubled relations with his peers and the press.

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Like many F1 drives, Hamilton started his career in Karting, and kept progressing through other more competitive categories like Formula Renault, Formula Three and GP2 where he became champion and showed that he was on a league of its own.

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It comes to mind and interesting episode in his life, when at the age of nine in a gala to honor young drivers, Hamilton approached Ron Dennis (McLaren boss) and told him the following: "Hi. I'm Lewis Hamilton. I won the British Championship and one day I want to be racing your cars." Naturally Mr. Dennis was impressed and kept the young boy in his mind until 1998 when he offered him to be part of the McLaren Driver Development Program.

The day had come, and in 2007 he was chosen to share driving duties with no other than double champion Fernando Alonso. In the process he became the first Formula 1 black driver.

His first race in Australia was just a warm up and a getting-to-know type of exercise. He finished third behind Kimi Raikkonen and Alonso, only the second driver to get to the podium in his debut behind Jacques Villeneuve in 1996.

The season kept going and Hamilton continued to impress everyone on the track, where he soon became a strong contender for the title, but also gave much to speak off the track. His clashes with teammate and world champion at that time, Fernando Alonso, were notorious, and their relationship deteriorated down to not talking to each other.

But for Lewis, everything that went out of his car was secondary, as his 21 years he was able to fight the championship against his teammate and Raikkonen, who led Ferrari in that season. He went to the podium in nine straight occasions, winning for first time in Canada and following with another in the US. He later collected two more in Hungary and Japan.

The Brit commanded the standings with one race to go, and with a good result in China he could secure the crown. However, when bad luck and inexperience join, there no much anyone can do.

In the Chinese GP, under complicated environmental conditions, in an attempt to enter pits for a tire change, he softly slide at the turn that leads to the pits, and got trapped in the gravel, thus retiring and putting his championship in peril.

To make matters worse, a strange bug in the Brazilian GP (Hamilton pulled the limiter and the car suddenly went dead) cost him the championship, as he was relegated to 18th place in the race and Raikkonen was proclaimed world champion. It is important to highlight that the Finn had a remarkable second half of the season, and Alonso was also in contention.

However, Hamilton took his revenge in 2008 and became champion at only 22 years. This time the battle was between him and an inspired Felipe Massa from Ferrari. The end of the Brazilian GP, where he was fifth while his title rival, Felipe Massa, took the race, has been listed as one of the most thrilling in history.

It happened that until the last corner, a gripless Timo Glock could not hold Hamilton who was able to overtake him and get the minimum possible finish position to snatch the title from Massa, who had his family and team celebrating at Ferrari’s garage. Unforgettable.

After the glory of 2008, Lewis Hamilton has been the victim of poor planning of McLaren-Mercedes, and has finished the championships in 2009 and 2010 in fifth and fourth, respectively, sipped off the podium in his first two years in the big circus.

The mergence of Sebastian Vettel, brought fresh to the headlines, and a formidable driver who shares similar skills with Hamilton, like aggressiveness and speed. The German became champion again in 2011 and for 2012 things looked a bit dim for the other teams.

In the middle of the total dominance from Vettel and Red Bull, Hamilton seemed to be out of focus and more aggressive than usual in the track, and sometimes off the track through comments. He collected three victories, which included and excellent one at China, but made mistakes too often, featuring a string of on-track incidents with Felipe Massa that led to a hot animosity between the two (especially on the Brazilian).

At the end, he was outscored and outdriven but his teammate Jenson Button, who won the same number of the races, but drove with more consistency.

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