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Lewis' Milestones

1985
Lewis was born in Stevenage, Hertfordshire on the 7 January 1985 – to Anthony Hamilton and Carmen Larbalestier.
1993
After being bought his first go-kart by his Dad, Lewis starts karting competitively and collects multiple race wins across different British cadet races and championships.
1997
The early success catches the attention of those at the top of the sport, and the journey to Formula One takes another step forward as Lewis joins the McLaren Mercedes Young Driver Programme. On track, he wins the Super 1 National Championship in the more senior Formula Yamaha class.
2006
Fourteen podiums, five of them wins, see Lewis crowned GP2 champion at the first attempt. Standout performances include a drive through the field from P19 on lap one to P2 in Turkey, and a clean sweep at home at Silverstone. A fantastic season that earns him a seat in F1 for the following season.
2008
A first F1 Drivers’ Championship is claimed in dramatic style at the final race of the year, to become one of the sport’s youngest champions. Five wins are enough to help seal glory, the highlight of which comes at Silverstone, as Lewis finishes nearly 70 seconds clear of the field in front of his home crowd.
2013
Following six years at McLaren, Lewis moves to the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team – a move that is questioned up and down the paddock. He, alongside the Team, quickly get to work and score his first race win for the Team in Hungary. Five pole positions and a string of solid results help to secure P4 in the Drivers’ and P2 in the Constructors’ Championship.
2014
A season-long duel with teammate Nico Rosberg is decided in Abu Dhabi and ends in the capture of World Championship number two in the first season of the sport’s new hybrid era, as Mercedes also clinches its first Constructors’ Championship. Lewis also wins BBC Sports Personality of the Year for the first time too.
2018
Off the track Lewis launches his first fashion line, Lewis x Tommy, with Tommy Hilfiger. On it, he becomes a five-time world champion, fending off the challenge of Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel. His win from 14th on the grid in Germany remains the furthest back he has ever won a Grand Prix from. The title drew him level with Juan Manuel Fangio for most F1 championships.
2020
Lewis writes further F1 history by equalling Michael Schumacher’s record of seven F1 titles and in the process breaks the record for most race wins in the sport at the Portuguese Grand Prix. In a year quite like any other in the world, he strengthens his stature as a voice for equality in the sport. At the end of the season, the Team launch its Accelerate 25 initiative aimed at increasing diversity and inclusion in motorsport.
2021
Continuing his push to change the motorsport landscape, Lewis sets up Mission44, the charitable Foundation aimed at transforming the lives of young people from underserved communities to ultimately help build a fairer society.

At the end of the year, Lewis receives a knighthood. His mother Carmen attends the ceremony at Windsor Castle with her son, the fourth F1 driver in history to receive the prestigious accolade.
2022
One year on from his epic victory at Interlagos, Lewis attended a special ceremony at the Chamber of Deputies in Brasilia, where he receives honorary citizenship of Brasil. “I really want to dedicate today, this honour, to Ayrton Senna – to Ayrton’s family, to his friends and to his fans. I really do feel like I am one of you now,” said Lewis following the ceremony.

Lewis' Mercedes Career History

2013
Formula One
Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team
2014
Formula One
Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team
2015
Formula One
Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team
2016
Formula One
Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team
2017
Formula One
Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS Motorsport
2018
Formula One
Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS Motorsport

Lewis' Helmets

The helmet is a crucial safety feature for a Formula One driver. But it’s also an important way to express themselves in the design and colours they choose – making them stand out from the rest of the grid and be instantly recognisable to the fans. Scroll through some of Lewis' most iconic designs to see how his style has evolved through his years with Mercedes.

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Lewis' Favourite Track

Silverstone Circuit

Great Britain

"My favourite track is my home race: Silverstone. It’s a circuit that has so much history. You feel it whenever you go there, all the great drivers that have raced there. Coupled with that, the layout is just incredible. It’s all high speed and medium speed corners so a real challenge.

It’s the ultimate test of probably all of the tracks we race at. The ultimate challenge for the downforce of the car. It has some of the coolest sections of track anywhere in the world: Copse, Maggotts, Becketts, Stowe…I could go on! That whole combination leaves me lost for words. I don’t think there are many tracks in the world that have a better combination of corners."

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