Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton, born on January 7, 1985, in Stevenage, England, is a highly successful British race-car driver[1,2,4]. He is one of the most accomplished Formula One (F1) Grand Prix racing drivers of all time, holding the F1 record for career race victories and tying with Michael Schumacher for the most drivers’ championships (seven)[1,2]. Currently, Hamilton competes in Formula One, driving for Mercedes[2].

Hamilton’s father, Anthony Hamilton, is of Grenadian descent, while his mother, Carmen Larbalestier, is English[5]. His parents separated when he was only two years old[5]. As a child, he loved spending time with his father, particularly when they went to go-kart tracks together[5]. Hamilton stands at 5 ft 9 in (1.74 m) and weighs 68 kg[4].

In his rookie season, Hamilton achieved remarkable feats, including standing on the podium in all of his first five Grand Prix races and being the first rookie to lead the Formula 1 championship after just four races[6]. He was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2009 Queen’s New Years Honours List for his services to motor racing[6].

Hamilton secured his seventh F1 title in 2020, following previous successes in 2008, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2019[7]. He is considered one of the greatest drivers in the history of the sport, with some even regarding him as the greatest race car driver of all time[10].