Formula 1 icon, seven-time world champion, social activist and fashion ambassador, here’s everything you need to know about Lewis Hamilton.
Who is Lewis Hamilton?
Lewis Hamilton, born January 7, 1985 in Stevenage, England, is an F1 driver who currently races for the Mercedes team. He is co-cordman of the number of Formula 1 world championship titles with German legend Michael Schumacher. The seven-time crowned champion has reigned over the discipline in recent years, he has the best record in the history of his sport and the best stats with 105 pole positions, 193 podiums and 103 victories.
Lewis Hamilton is also a voice that carries on and outside the Formula 1 circuits. Its influence goes beyond the perimeter of the paddocks. His support for the LGBT cause, his fight for the planet and against racism have made him a universal spokesperson in the world of motorsport.
Where was Lewis Hamilton before Mercedes?
Lewis Hamilton cut his teeth in karting. He joined McLaren’s young driver program in 1998 aged 13. The Englishman made his debut in single-seaters during the 2001 season with a first experience in Formula Renault UK under the colors of the Manor Motorsport team. Formula 3 Euro Series winner, the Briton then climbed in GP2 Series at ART Grand Prix, in 2006.
He started in F1 in 2007, at the age of 21, with the McLaren team and alongside Fernando Alonso. He won in his sixth race in Formula 1 in Montreal, and finished second in the championship, one point behind Kimi Räikkönen. The following year, Lewis Hamilton won his first world championship title thanks to an overtaking on the last corner of the last Grand Prix, at Interlagos in Brazil, to become at the time the youngest titled driver in the sport’s premier class. automobile.
What is Lewis Hamilton’s track record with Mercedes?
After six seasons with the English team, Sir Lewis Hamilton joins Mercedes. With the German team, he won six additional world titles. To start, a double in 2014 and 2015 during an intense rivalry with his teammate Nico Rosberg, who beat him in 2016. The Briton will then chain four titles in a row (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020).
On May 8, 2021, on the Barcelona-Catalonia circuit, during qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix, he reached the historic figure of 100 pole positions. He reached the same mark in number of victories the following September 26, at Sochi in Russia. In 2022, the Englishman misses the opportunity to become the world title record holder, with eight successes, against Max Verstappen.
Why does Lewis Hamilton wear number 44?
Since the introduction of the rule allowing drivers to race with a fixed number in 2014, Hamilton has worn 44 on his car. The Briton has won six world titles since then, but each time he turns down the opportunity to race with the number one on his car, in favor of the 44. Why?
« Every time I start a year, I always choose to keep the number 44 to compete in the Grands Prix, he explains. When I was eight, it was already the number I wore when I was go-karting. In fact, at the time, my father’s car license plate was F44. It all started from there and each year is a new opportunity for me to take up challenges. »
What is Lewis Hamilton’s salary?
The Formula 1 driver is known for his exceptional track record, but also for the heritage he has accumulated over the years. According to Sunday Times, his fortune is estimated at more than 363 million dollars. In 2021, Lewis Hamilton signed a new contract with Mercedes, which would have earned him $57 million in 2022, according to the magazine. Forbes.
At present, the annual salary of Lewis Hamilton within the German stable amounts to 38 million dollars (the equivalent of 35 million euros). That is, his salary is $3.1 million per month. The agreement between Mercedes and the seven-time world champion, which ends at the end of the current sporting exercise, should be extended for other seasons.
Where does Lewis Hamilton dress?
Each GP has its own outfit. In the midst of competition, Lewis Hamilton parades around in designer clothes. Dior or Louis Vuitton, from classic to eccentric, from sober to colorful, from known to unknown, the british pilot has one of the most comprehensive and diversified wardrobes.
His looks, he owes them to a man: Law Roach, a renowned American stylist who worked with Zendaya or even Celine Dion. He is the man who dresses Hollywood and, therefore, the seven-time world champion.
Who is Lewis Hamilton’s current girlfriend?
If he has been rather discreet about his private life in recent years, it may well be that Lewis Hamilton is currently in a relationship. The British pilot, officially without a girlfriend, seems to be spending time with singer Shakira. The Colombian, who recently parted ways with footballer Gerard Pique, was present last weekend for the Catalunya Grand Prix. On this occasion, she dined with Lewis Hamilton.
This isn’t the first time Shakira and the seven-time world champion have been spotted together. In May, during the Miami Grand Prix, Pique’s ex-wife was photographed on a boat with Lewis Hamilton. If neither of them have spoken about the nature of their relationship, rumors are rife and some are already imagining a romance.
— Sir Lewis Updates (@LH44updates) June 4, 2023
SHAKIRA AND LEWIS HAMILTON WERE IN A BOAT TOGETHER TODAY. MI GENTE LATINO!!!! pic.twitter.com/Ihb8tsX4QE
— vale¹⁶ (@lunevans) May 11, 2023