Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton ( Stevenage ( Hertfordshire ), January 7 1985 ) is a British Formula 1 - driver and the 2008 world champion, who since 2013 for the team of Mercedesdriving. Lewis Hamilton is the first colored rider a world championship in Formula 1 has won. Hamilton made his debut as a Formula 1 driver in 2007 in which he, as a second driver alongside Fernando Alonso , the McLarenteam came out. He has a relationship with Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger had.
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After winning several karting championships , Hamilton was contracted by the McLaren team in Woking . They gave him at the age of fourteen a "development contract" . This gave him a huge boost for his racing career. He went on to win the European Kart Championship in 2000, and he also raced in the 2001 race, class Formula Renault UK . In his first year he was fifth in the championship. In 2002 he finished third and earned three victories. In the Formula Renault Eurocup, he won a victory. In 2003 he recorded his first big success: he became champion with ten victories, nine times drove the fastest lap and won eleven pole positions . He was champion two games before the end.
In 2004, Hamilton moved to the Formula 3 Euro Series . In the final standings, he was fifth with one win and two third place. He also won the Bahrain F3 Super Prix . He won the 2005 Formula 3 Euroseries with ASM Dallara-Mercedes fifteen wins and thirteen pole positions. He also won the prestigious BP Ultimate Masters of Formula 3 at Zandvoort circuit , racing for the dominant ASM team with superior HWA Mercedes engine, his second team in that category in 2004 after having driven for Manor Motorsport.
In 2006 Lewis Hamilton took part in the GP2 Series , driving for ART Grand Prix team as a replacement for the champion of the previous year , Nico Rosberg , who at the Formula 1 was switched as a second driver for the Williams F1 Team . His performance in GP2 was breathtaking. In the European GP2 race he won both races. Subsequently, he became the second driver alongside champion Rosberg, who won both races in one weekend and in Monaco he won from pole position. He repeated this double victory at Silverstone and was the first GP2 driver who won both heats in two races. He won the GP2 title in the penultimate race, winning by Nelson Angelo Piquet , while he outwitted his more experienced team-mate Alexandre Premat .
After a long time of speculation, whether he or Pedro de la Rosa or Gary Paffett would drive for McLaren next world champion Fernando Alonso for the Formula 1 2007 season, Hamilton was at the end of 2006 named second driver.
In his Formula 1 debut at Albert Park for the Australian Grand Prix Hamilton qualified fourth and he eventually finished the race in third place off behind his teammate Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen in his Ferrari . He was the first driver in his first Grand Prix podium to pick up since Jacques Villeneuve in 1996 .Lewis Hamilton in action for McLaren in the GP of Malaysia in 2007
For the second Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang International Circuit , he qualified as in Melbourne fourth. After an impressive start and early stage, which he experienced as a Formula 1 driver both Ferrari drivers put the foot down, Hamilton finished the race in second place behind team-mate Fernando Alonso.
In his third Formula 1 race in Bahrain Hamilton writes history in his first three first driver to finish. races like Formula always on stage He is the first rookie in the history of Formula 1 who knows how to perform. Sunday, May 13, 2007, he ends up back on the podium at the GP of Spain at the Circuit de Catalunya , because he ends up again in second place, this time behind winner Felipe Massa in his Ferrari. Team-mate Alonso finishes third. Because of this result at the GP of Spain he takes for the first time in the 2007 season, the championship lead.He also broke the record for the youngest World Cup leader from history. The last was held by Bruce McLaren , founder of Hamilton's team.
On June 9, 2007 Lewis Hamilton manages to get his first pole position in Canada . The next day he won the first Grand Prix of his career. A week later, on Saturday, June 16th, he grabs his second pole position, and on Sunday, June 17th, 2007, he won his second Grand Prix, the Grand Prix of the United States at the circuit of Indianapolis . Secondly teammate Fernando Alonso and Ferrari driver Felipe Massa third. Lewis Hamilton wins in a week, two Grand Prix. Two weeks later, he ends up in France on the 3rd place. A week later, he takes in his own country during the Grand Prix of Great Britain , the pole position, but he can not redeem his home crowd and third. It is his ninth podium in a row.
In the qualifying for the European Grand Prix at the Nürburgring , he ends up after a blowout at high speed into the tire wall. Hamilton comes unscathed from the crash, but can start only from the tenth place. After a tumultuous rain race he finishes ninth. After he always stood on the podium in the first nine Grands Prix in his career, this is the first time that he scores no points. With the victory of his team-mate Fernando Alonso it approaches the mode to the World Cup Hamilton to two points.
Two weeks later, he rides in the qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix initially the second time. Because his teammate Fernando Alonso at the end of the qualifying session deliberately unnecessarily long in the pit stops, Hamilton leaves too late to be able to drive. rapid round Alonso by the FIA put back five places on the starting grid, so Hamilton can start unexpectedly. from pole position He wins the race and is in position for the world championship again until seven points from Alonso.
In Turkey is Hamilton suffered a tire problem, but manages to reach the pits and fifth.
In the Grand Prix of Italy along with Alonso, he grabbed a double in the home race of arch rival Ferrari, the race to finish. second
On September 30, 2007 Hamilton takes in Japan a big step towards world by sovereign tackle the victory in a chaotic wet race while title rival Alonso fails due to a crash. After this race is Hamilton twelve points ahead of Alonso and Räikkönen seventeen points with two races to go, so divide. Twenty points
In China - on October 7 - he led the race for 29 laps, until by far insufficient pace worn tires he could continue to make, and was overtaken by Raikkonen. When entering the pit lane his car skidded and got stuck in a gravel trap, making his race prematurely ended and are likely already at this - penultimate - to win, racing the world went up in smoke. Martin Whitmarsh would explain later, The team was responsible for planning the late pit stop, which was caused by the ever-changing weather again. Because he scored no points are ahead of Alonso was reduced to four, which Räikkönen to seven.
In Brazil - on October 21 - Hamilton has the best credentials to become world champion, but comes off badly at the start. Both Raikkonen and Alonso overtake him. In an attempt to address Alonso, Hamilton shoots right back off the road. He comes back on the track, but a moment later his McLaren is temporarily stopped (it is said that Hamilton inadvertently put the car in neutral). Hamilton begins a clever catch up, but required for the fifth world remains far away. In the final standings, he is second with one point less than the new world champion Kimi Raikkonen and flush with outgoing world champion Fernando Alonso. Hamilton is classified as second in the standings, because he has a second over his teammate.
On March 16, the first F1 race of the 2008 season, he won the Grand Prix of Australia.
On November 2, 2008 Hamilton took his first title in Formula 1. The championship was not forgiven in the last race of the season, that of Brazil. By a downpour in the last eight laps of the race still seemed very briefly, Hamilton again let slip the championship out of his hands: he was indeed caught up in the last two rounds by Sebastian Vettel and then was in sixth place which he would face. at 97 points Felipe Massa, who was leading, with his ten points would also control a total of 97 score points, but had more victories, five, which would give him. Championship In the last corner Hamilton passed with much luck yet Timo Glock , who because of the rain could find almost no traction anymore because he did not go on rain tires. As a result, he was still fifth and earned a final score of 98 points. This outcome is Lewis Hamilton, the first colored rider ever to a world championship in Formula 1 has written his name.
The year 2009 begins dramatically bad for the newly crowned World Champion. In Australia, Hamilton deleted from the result because he and the team had made in front of the stewards about passing a false statement Jarno Trulli during a yellow flag situation. In the next three races, Hamilton is rack up points for the championship, but the McLaren performs dramatically bad subsequent races. It lasts until the end of July before Hamilton on the podium for the first time in Hungary, he won the first place. They are followed by four pole positions and a win in Singapore. He also has a number of podium places and he is the man of the second half of the season. He eventually finished in fifth place with 49 points.
The 2010 season begins with the test work. This year, Hamilton's teammate reigning world champion Jenson Button . Testing is going well and they are better off than in 2009. McLaren this year seems to belong to the four top teams.Together with Red Bull Racing, Ferrari and Mercedes GP. 's first qualifying of the season is reasonable with a fourth place. The race goes well, he is only at the beginning stuck behind Rosberg in fifth position, but he gets into during the pitstops and is therefore the fourth. He then, with engine failure for Vettel, still third. At present, he is a whopping 53% of all its F1 races stood on the podium.
The second race he started from eleventh on the grid, by, among other rain and a crash in the first corner between Alonso and Schumacher , he drives to a third place. But a wrong choice of the team to get him once he comes back inside at a disadvantage, he runs up to two seconds per lap faster. However, if he wants to overtake Alonso for fourth place, he was rammed from behind by Webber , he comes out of the gravel, and finishing sixth.
The third race on the circuit of Malaysia, he has another bad qualifying. By another wrong choice of the team he goes out late in Q1. It was thought better to McLaren came back (because it was raining), but it was just getting worse and therefore Hamilton started as twenty. The Ferraris had to settle for a nineteenth and 21th time. And Button was seventeenth. After again in their own words one of his best races of his life, driving Hamilton himself again to the sixth position. With three victories in Turkey, Canada and Belgium Hamilton leads the championship. In Italy and Singapore, he falls out. In the next race Hamilton Japan has a gearbox problem. This reduces Hamilton's title chances. Still makes Hamilton with Alonso, Vettel and Webber have a shot at the title until the last race in Abu Dhabi. Eventually, however, he is not a champion and finishes second behind the new world champion Sebastian Vettel. Hamilton is fourth in the 2010 World Cup with 240 points, sixteen points behind Sebastian Vettel.
The 2011 season began reasonable for Hamilton. After a second place in Australia and an eighth place in Malaysia, he won the Grand Prix of China. But then it went downhill and he finished only four times on the podium, with victories in Germany and Abu Dhabi. Hamilton finished fifth in the championship with 227 points, which he was defeated by his teammate. For the first time in his career Jenson Button had in fact 270 points, which they finished second.
Hamilton began the 2012 season with two pole positions and three third places in a row. The first victory came in the seventh race in Canada. Further victories followed in Hungary, Italy and the new Circuit of the Americas in the United States. Hamilton was also still in the lead with a comfortable lead in eg Singapore and Abu Dhabi, when he retired with technical problems.
On September 28, 2012 it was announced that Hamilton would leave. The McLaren team at the end of the season Hamilton joined the team Mercedes GP, where he was replaced. Michael Schumacher 
Hamilton started the season well with a third place in qualifying in Australia . He eventually finished the race in fifth place. In the second Grand Prix of 2013, from Malaysia , he qualified fourth, after which he Red Bulls and Nico Rosberg was third after a thrilling battle with both. It was his first podium for his new Mercedes team. Already at the next Grand Prix of China , he was on pole position for Mercedes, exactly one year after the first for Mercedes (Rosberg, China 2012). He eventually finished the race in third place again.
After the third free practice of the Grand Prix of Bahrain Lewis was penalized for changing his gearbox. Having qualified in fourth, he started the race in ninth place. After a tactical race, he finished in fifth place. So he jumped in the rankings for the World Cup over Alonso, who knew an unlucky race for third place. At the start of the Grand Prix of Spain occupied Mercedes after qualifying the entire front row, with Nico Rosberg on pole and Lewis Hamilton second. During the race, however, experienced a Mercedes excessive tire wear, which both sank into the field. Hamilton eventually finished outside the points in twelfth place. Also for the Monaco Grand Prix Hamilton is qualified in second place, just behind Nico Rosberg. Both started the race well and remained one and two. But during tactical hassle because of a Safety Car period Hamilton fell back to fourth position, at which place he eventually finished. Rosberg achieved the first victory of the season for Mercedes.
During the Grand Prix of Canada Hamilton rode most of the race in second place, but a few laps from the end, he was overtaken by Fernando Alonso. He captured another podium. 's Grand Prix of Great Britain resulted in a fourth place for Hamilton. After he had achieved the fastest time in the race and was located initially in the lead in the training he received in the eighth round of a blowout, which he had fallen. Well initially He would not be the only one that this problem happened and due to the resulting delay this Hamilton managed to work his way to fourth place. Ultimately for the German Grand Prix , he was back on the pole, but after a bad start, he dropped back to third place. The new Pirelli Mercedes again had some problems with the tires. Hamilton fell far back, but after a blistering final sprint, he still finished fifth.
The Formula 1 Grand Prix of Hungary led him better. The Briton was the fourth time in pole position, but unlike in the previous Grand Prix races, he managed to stay ahead and won the race this time. Pirelli again had new tires used for this Grand Prix, which had improved over that in the previous Grand Prix in Germany even further.
The Grand Prix of Belgium : During a qualification with changing weather conditions, he won the pole again, but during the race he was on the Kemmel Straight overtaken by Sebastian Vettel. Eventually he had to settle for third place.
The Grand Prix of Italy was less of a success. He qualified but twelfth, but after a strong closing stages he still managed ninth to arrive. Finish Also during the Singapore Grand Prix , but he was fifth in qualifying. The race he finished in fifth place.
The Grand Prix of Korea seemed to be a success. During the first and second free practice, he was always the fastest. He qualified second behind Vettel. The race was less. The tires got back hard to endure it, and he eventually finished fifth.
|Year / years||Team|
|2007 - 2012||McLaren|
|2013 to present||Mercedes|
|Number of races||17||18||17||19||19||20||19||129|
|Number of victories||4||5||2||3||3||4||1||22|
|Number of pole positions||6||7||4||1||1||7||5||31|
|Number of fastest laps||2||1||0||5||3||1||1||13|
|Number of podiums||12||10||5||9||6||7||5||54|
|Number of Championship points||109||98||49||240||227||190||189||1102|
|World Cup final standings||2||1||5||4||5||4||4|
- Races in bold mean pole position, races in italics means fastest lap
‡ Because the race in Malaysia was canceled before 75% of the number of rounds is driven half points were awarded.
|Season||Team Name||Nr.||Races||Pole Positions||Victories||Point||World Cup final standings|
|2006||ART Grand Prix||02||21||1||5||114||1st|