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Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton
Hamilton at the 2011 Chinese Grand Prix
Personal information
NameLewis Hamilton
Formula One World Championship career
Championships1 (2008)
Career points692
Pole positions19
Fastest laps11
First race2007 Australian Grand Prix
First win2007 Canadian Grand Prix
Last win2011 German Grand Prix
Last race 
Last position4th (240 points)
NameLewis Hamilton
CaptionHamilton at the 2011 Chinese Grand Prix
Birth Date7 January 1985(age 32)
2011 TeamMcLaren Mercedes
2011 Car Number3
Championships1 (2008)
Fastest Laps11
First Race2007 Australian Grand Prix
First Win2007 Canadian Grand Prix
Last Win2011 German Grand Prix
Last Race 
Last Season2010
Last Position4th (240 points)

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Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton MBE (born 7 January 1985) is a British Formula One racing driver from England, currently racing for the McLaren team. He was the 2008 Formula One World Champion.

Hamilton was born in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. In December 1995, at the age of ten, he approached McLaren team principal Ron Dennis at the Autosport Awards ceremony and told him, "I want to race for you one day ... I want to race for McLaren." Less than three years later McLaren and Mercedes-Benz signed him to their Young Driver Support Programme. After winning the British Formula Renault, Formula Three Euroseries, and GP2 championships on his way up the racing career ladder, he drove for McLaren in 2007, making his Formula One debut 12 years after his initial encounter with Dennis. Lewis Hamilton's contract for the McLaren driver development program made him the youngest ever driver to secure a contract which later resulted in an F1 drive.

Coming from a mixed-race background, with a black father and white mother, Hamilton is often labelled "the first black driver in Formula One", although Willy T. Ribbs tested an F1 car in 1986. He is also the first driver of black heritage to win a major race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in any discipline.

In his first season in Formula One, Hamilton set numerous records, while finishing second in the 2007 Formula One Championship, just one point behind Kimi Räikkönen. He won the World Championship the following season, ahead of Felipe Massa by the same margin of a single point. Clinching the crown thanks to passing the dry tyre-shod Timo Glock in the wet on the final lap, to take the necessary fifth position. Following that, prestigious motorsport weekly Autosport dubbed him as Last Lap Lewis. He has stated he wants to stay with the McLaren team for the rest of his F1 career.

Following his 2008 title Hamilton struggled with less competitive McLarens, in spite of taking quite a few Grand Prix wins he was not able to challenge for the 2009 championship, and finished a close fourth in 2010, being in mathematical contention until the final round.

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