Born: Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England, UK
Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton MBE (born 7 January 1985) is a British Formula One racing driver who races for the Mercedes AMG Petronas team. A three-time Formula One World Champion, he is regarded by fellow and former drivers as one of the greatest Formula One drivers in the history of the sport. He won his first title with McLaren in 2008 before moving to Mercedes, where he won back-to-back titles in 2014 and 2015. Hamilton has more race victories than any other British driver in the history of Formula One (), and holds records for the all-time most career points (), the most wins at different circuits (24), as well as achieving the second-most all time pole positions (). Hamilton is also the only driver to have won at least one Grand Prix in every season he has competed in. Born and raised in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, Hamilton was signed to McLaren's young driver support programme in 1998, after he approached McLaren team principal Ron Dennis at an awards ceremony three years earlier and said "one day I want to be racing your cars". After winning the British Formula Renault, Formula Three Euroseries, and GP2 championships on his way up the racing career ladder, he made his Formula One debut twelve years after his initial encounter with Dennis, driving for McLaren in 2007. Coming from a mixed background, with a black father and white mother, Hamilton is the first and only black driver to race in Formula One. In his first season in Formula One, Hamilton set numerous records as he finished runner-up in the 2007 Formula One Championship to Kimi Räikkönen, by just one point. He set records for the most consecutive podium finishes from debut (9), the most wins in a debut season (4) and the most points in a debut season (109). The following season, he won his first World Championship in dramatic fashion; on the last corner of the last lap in the last race of the season, becoming the then-youngest Formula One World Champion in history. After four more years with McLaren without finishing higher than fourth in the drivers' standings, Hamilton signed with Mercedes AMG Petronas for the 2013 season, reuniting with his childhood karting-teammate, Nico Rosberg. In his first season, he finished 4th once again, the third time in five years. Two successful seasons followed as Hamilton won his second and third titles. Hamilton won 11 races in 2014, in a closely fought championship battle with Nico Rosberg, decided in the final race of the season, where Hamilton secured his second World Championship title by winning the race. The next season saw Hamilton seal his third World Championship title with 3 races remaining, in a season where he won 10 races and finished on the podium a record-tying 17 times and matched his hero, Ayrton Senna's, three World Championships. In 2016, Hamilton set the record for the most wins in a season without winning the World Championship, winning 10 times as he finished runner-up to Nico Rosberg by 5 points. His Grand Prix victories is the second highest of all-time, behind only Michael Schumacher at 91.
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