Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton

Timeline of Lewis Hamilton. Overview of his racing career and accomplishments.


06 January 1985

Lewis Hamilton is born

Sir Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton was born in January 1985 to Anthony Hamilton and Carmen Larbalestier of Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England.


31 December 1990

Lewis Hamilton receives a go-kart for Christmas

After establishing himself as a race-master with radio-controlled cars with a second-place finish in that national BRCA championship, Lewis Hamilton graduated to go-karts. His father gifted him with the kart and encouraged Hamilton’s racing interests provided he also achieved at school. 


31 December 1992

Hamilton advances in karting

Like many Formula One champions, Lewis Hamilton’s career started early with karting. His first year, 1993, he logged race wins and won cadet class championships. By 1995, he was the youngest driver to win the British cadet karting championship. Hamilton was 10.


31 December 1998

Lewis Hamilton progresses to new levels in karting

The highlight of Lewis Hamilton’s karting career was being named European Champion in 2000 with the maximum points. The year previous he raced in the Intercontinental A before moving to Formula A in 2000 and Formula Super A in 2001.


31 December 2001

Lewis Hamilton finishes third in Formula Renault UK

Lewis Hamilton joined Manor Motorsport in 2002 following 2001 participation in the British Formula Renault Winter series. He placed fifth in that series and third in the 2002 campaign. In his third season, he secured the championship early and moved on to participate in the British Formula 3 championship.


31 December 2003

Lewis Hamilton competes in Formula 3

Lewis Hamilton competed with Manor for the 2004 Formula 3 Euro series and earned fifth place in the championship


31 December 2004

Hamilton named Top 50 driver of 2005

2005 was an eventful year for Lewis Hamilton with 15 of 20 round wins in the Euro Series championship as a driver for ASM. The same year Autosport magazine featured him as number 24 in a list of the Top 50 Drivers of 2005.


31 December 2005

Hamilton wins GP2 championship

Lewis Hamilton joined the ART Grand Prix team, a sister team to ASM, for the 2006 season. He secured the GP2 championship as his last major action before moving to Formula One.


26 November 2006

Lewis Hamilton secures first Formula One season.

Hamilton joined the McLaren team for his first Formula One season in 2007. He was the first black driver to race in the series and won his first Grand Prix during his sixth race – the Canadian Grand Prix. Hamilton’s teammate, Fernando Alson, ultimately departed the McLaren team , and Hamilton secured a multi-million-pound five-year contract to stay with the team through the 2012 season. Hamilton was runner up for the 2007 World Drivers’ Championship.


01 November 2008

Lewis Hamilton wins Formula One World Championship title

In a stellar season, Lewis Hamilton earned five wins and 10 podium finishes throughout the 2008 season. The championship came down to a dramatic race at the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix. With a last lap change in position, Hamilton secured the title and became the then-youngest Formula One World Champion.


27 September 2012

Lewis Hamilton moves to Mercedes for 2013 season and beyond

After his contract with McLaren concluded, Lewis Hamilton made a surprise move to Mercedes for the 2013 race series as a member of the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One race team. In the 2013 season, Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix and finished fourth in the championship standings.


22 November 2014

Lewis Hamilton clenches second Formula One Championship

In his second year with Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton navigated to his second Formula One world title at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Hamilton racked up eleven wins, and the Mercedes team claimed 16 of 19 races that season. In 2014, Lewis Hamilton committed to racing as number 44 for the rest of his career – a callback to his karting days – and declared the day he won his second championship as the “greatest day of my life.”


19 May 2015

Lewis Hamilton secures blockbuster deal from Mercedes

In the middle of a successful season, Lewis Hamilton negotiated a new three-year contract with Mercedes for £100 million. The contract made him the best paid sportsman in Britain and secured his place with the team through 2018.


24 October 2015

Lewis Hamilton wins third championship

Lewis Hamilton secured a back-to-back Formula 1 Championship win at the 2015 United States Grand Prix in Austin. A race win was Hamilton’s 10th of the season and 43rd in his career. He secured the title with three races remaining in the season.


28 October 2017

Lewis Hamilton wins fourth championship

Lewis Hamilton secured his fourth Formula 1 World Championship title following a ninth place finish at the Mexican Grand Prix. Two races remained in the series.


30 October 2018

Lewis Hamilton grabs fifth world title

In an epic show of a season, Lewis Hamilton navigated his way to a fifth world championship – and a second back-to-back win in his career – at the Mexican Grand Prix.

Date: 6 December 2019


05 December 2019

Six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton wins final race of 2019 season

Having already a secured a sixth world championship, Lewis Hamilton won the last race of the 2019 season at Abu Dhabi. It was his 11th win of the season.


13 May 2020

Lewis Hamilton named richest British sports star.

With an estimated net worth of £224 million, Hamilton reached the top of the Sunday Times Rich List and became the richest sports star ever featured on the list.


14 November 2020

Hamilton ties all-time title winner after eclipsing race wins

In October 2020, Lewis Hamilton eclipsed the total number of race wins for German racer Michael Schumacher. The following month, he tied the racer for titles by winning his seventh World Championship. 


31 December 2020

Hamilton passes 100 wins

In 2021, Lewis Hamilton did not secure his eighth world championship but passed his 100th pole position and 100 race wins, becoming the first driver to do so.

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