Lewis Hamilton is known and remembered as one of the most successful Formula One (F1) drivers. With an F1 record of career race victories, he is tied with Michael Schumacher for the most championships (seven). He was also the first black racer to win the F1 world driver’s championship in 2008. In this article, we have covered the significant achievements of Lewis Hamilton as an F1 racer.
Hamilton was into racing from an age as low as eight. He added a British Kart Championship title to his tally when he was ten. Following that, he was signed by McLaren, and Mercedes-Benz young drivers support program. From there, he received the needed training and developed the required skills for the bigger stage. Between 1998 and 2000, Lewis Hamilton won Kart championships at European and Global levels and became the number one in sport at 15. Soon, he progressed to car racing and shortly made his name there. In 2003, he won the British Formula Renault Race Series by winning 10 out of 15 races. After winning the Formula Three Euroseries Championship in 2006, he entered Grand Prix 2 (GP2), where drivers prepare for the Formula 1 races.
FROM MCLAREN TO MERCEDES-BENZ
Finally, Lewis Hamilton joined the McLaren F1 team in 2007. His rookie season was no less than a sweet dream. He had four victories that season, equaling Jacques Villeneuve’s record for most victories in a rookie season. Following that, he won five races to secure the championship in 2008. Subsequently, Hamilton won three races in 2009, two in 2010, three in 2011 and four in 2012. After that, he left McLaren and joined the Mercedes Benz F1 team to seek more significant opportunities. The first season with Mercedes was not a good one for Lewis Hamilton. However, in 2014, he dominated the season with 11 wins, securing his second drivers’ championship. Since then, he has never looked back.
Next, he secured another drivers’ championship in 2015, making his third. His next three championships came in 2017, 2018 and 2019, respectively. In 2020, Lewis Hamilton won his seventh drivers’ championship, equaling the record of the great Michael Schumacher.
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