Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton


Lewis Hamilton was making headlines as soon as he stepped into Formula One with the McLaren team. Four World Championships later, the British driver is still making headlines as he sits in the dominant Mercedes car, working towards a fifth title.

Full Name Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton
Nationality British
Age 33
Date of Birth 7th January 1985
First Race 2007 Australian Grand Prix
First Win 2007 Canadian Grand Prix
Wins 73
Poles 83
Podiums 134
Fastest Laps 40

Growing up in Stevenage and idolising Ayrton Senna, Lewis Hamilton’s story is one of rags to riches. His rise through the ranks of motorsport came with thanks to his father, Anthony, who sacrificed so much for his son to get a chance in racing. Hamilton made a name for himself, with success in Formula Renault, F3 and GP2. Hamilton’s time in F1’s feeder series is most remembered for an incredible drive at the Istanbul Park circuit in 2006.

Hamilton arrived on the F1 scene with a bang in 2007 as the rivalry between him and his team-mate Fernando Alonso was a major talking point of the year. He scored his début win in Canada, before going on to fight for the title until the very last round of the season. A pit-lane misdemeanour had cost him victory in Shanghai, and his Brazil weekend was curtailed by problems, leaving him helpless to finishing runner-up to Kimi Raikkonen in the championship. A rivalry with Felipe Massa followed in 2008 and, despite another rather unfortunate pit-lane mishap in Canada, he claimed his first World Championship in the most dramatic of circumstances in Brazil.

Four more seasons with McLaren followed, and though he didn’t win a championship again with the team, he put in some stellar performances to solidify his place as one of the greats of the sport. In 2013, Hamilton moved to pastures new with the Mercedes team. At the time, the move came under much scrutiny, but ultimately proved to be an inspired decision as the German team became the dominant force in Formula One. As the sport entered the hybrid era, Hamilton and team-mate Nico Rosberg were the only genuine title contenders for the next three seasons, with Hamilton coming out on top in 2014 and 2015. 2016 saw Hamilton endure terrible luck, and Rosberg claimed the title as their Mercedes partnership grew ever more fractious.

In 2017, with a new team-mate, Lewis Hamilton became the sport’s most successful British driver as he took his fourth World Championship and relished in a battle with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. Though he trailed his championship rival for the first twelve rounds, the Brit bounced back after the summer break and was unstoppable while Ferrari faltered. It was a season with little mistakes – other than an embarrassing crash in the first part of qualifying in Brazil. Over the course of the season, Hamilton became the sport’s most prolific polesitter, beating Michael Schumacher’s record of 68 poles.

Seemingly driving at his best, and in a happy camp as the team’s lead driver, Hamilton has all the ingredients he needs to put himself at the forefront of F1 once again in 2018.


Year Team Place Wins Poles Podiums
2007 McLaren 2nd (109 points) 4 6 12
2008 McLaren 1st ( 98 points) 5 7 10
2009 McLaren 5th (49 points) 1 4 5
2010 McLaren 4th (240 points) 3 1 9
2011 McLaren 5th (227 points) 3 1 6
2012 McLaren 4th (190 points) 4 7 7
2013 Mercedes 4th (189 points) 1 5 5
2014 Mercedes 1st (384 points) 11 7 16
2015 Mercedes 1st (381 points) 10 11 17
2016 Mercedes 2nd (380 points) 10 12 17
2017 Mercedes 1st (363 points) 9 11 13
2018 Mercedes