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From Karting to Formula One

From Karting to Formula One

Lewis started driving racing karting and worked his way up through the ranks of junior motorsports before debuting in Formula One in 2007 with McLaren. By age 10, he had become the youngest driver to win the British Cadet Karting Championship.

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Young Ambition

Young Ambition

As a young teenager, Hamilton approached Ron Dennis, the then boss at the McLaren Formula 1 Team. Hamilton asked for his autograph, and later Dennis offered to sponsor Hamilton's future seasons. Nearly ten years after this, Hamilton made his Formula 1 debut with McLaren.

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First Black Driver to Win Championship

First Black Driver to Win Championship

In 2008, the F1 world championship was won by Hamilton not just an achievement for a younger driver but also made him the first black driver to win the world championship. Hamilton is mindful of his influence and has called for diversity in the sport.

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Hamilton's Famous Classmate

Hamilton's Famous Classmate

Hamilton attended The John Henry Newman School, where he was classmates with Inter Milan star Ashley Young. Young, who previously played for Manchester United and England, was just one of many talented athletes with whom Hamilton shared the halls.

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Lewis' Superstitious

Lewis' Superstitious

For many drivers, having lucky charms or following certain routines are critical to succeed on race day. Even Lewis Hamilton had his superstitions. During an interview with James Corden, Hamilton admitted that his superstitions initially started with a lucky conker. Later Hamilton developed a sequence of steps to follow before a race but later decided to get rid of these habits altogether.

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Lewis Hamilton Dominated

Lewis Hamilton Dominated

Lewis Hamilton's success in the Formula 3 Euro Series in 2005 was remarkable, having won 15 out of the 20 races and taken 13 pole positions. Hamilton continued his winning streak in GP2, leading to him being given a chance in Formula 1 by Ron Dennis.

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Lewis the Rapper

Lewis the Rapper

If you follow Lewis on Instagram, you will likely have seen his impressive recording setup. Under the alias 'XNDA', Hamilton featured on Christina Aguilera's 2018 album, "Liberation". His contribution was a brief rap on the track "Pipe", which he shared on social media.

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Representation

Representation

Lewis Hamilton established The Hamilton Commission in June 2020 to enhance Black individuals' participation in the UK motorsport industry. Formula 1 has an ongoing practice of taking a knee before the race and acknowledging the message of 'We Race As One.'

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Fashion Icon

Fashion Icon

Lewis Hamilton has become somewhat of a fashion icon in recent years. He fronts Valentino ad campaigns and is known for celebrating young black designers. Hamilton has a good eye and passion for fashion, setting from other racers.

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Seven Championships

Seven Championships

Hamilton is one of the greatest formula drivers in history, with a career marked by his competitive spirit, aggressive driving style, and record-breaking performances. Hamilton has won seven Formula One World Championships.

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