Lewis Hamilton began his Formula 1 career with McLaren in 2007, partnering two-time world champion Fernando Alonso for his rookie season. After a podium on debut at the Australian Grand Prix, Hamilton went on a stunning run of securing podiums in every race until round 10 at the Nurburgring - a race famous for the deluge that caused chaos at turn one. The British driver secured the first victory of his career with a mature drive in Canada, overcoming four safety car periods on the way to the finish. Wins followed in the USA, Hungarian and Japanese Grands Prix, setting him up to be favourite for the championship. But an error when entering the pits in China and a temporary mechanical issue in Brazil meant he would end the season just one point away from champion Kimi Raikkonen. Hamilton was not deterred. The following season saw a continuation of the form that had carried him so well through his rookie year, with six victories leading him to his first world championship. The highlights of the season were his first Monaco Grand Prix victory and his wet-weather masterclass at his home race at Silverstone, where he finished over one minute ahead of his nearest finisher. But the championship came down to the wire when he overtook an ailing Timo Glock in difficult conditions at the final corner of the season in Interlagos, stealing the title from race-winner Felipe Massa. The tussle between McLaren and Ferrari meant both teams were underprepared for a new set of regulations in 2009. Despite the deficiencies of the MP4-24, Hamilton was able to start an end-of-season mini-resurgence to score two victories and three additional podiums en route to fifth in the standings, seven places ahead of team-mate Heikki Kovalainen. In 2010 McLaren was back up to speed and embroiled in a title battle with Red Bull and Ferrari. Hamilton only secured victories in Turkey, Canada but consistency kept him in the championship hunt, eventually ending the season fourth just 16 points behind champion Sebastian Vettel. 2011 was perhaps the most difficult of Hamilton's career with incident and controversy seemingly adjoined to his season. Multiple run-ins with Massa derailed his hopes for a championship and although three wins did follow, Jenson Button finished well ahead as the top McLaren driver. The following season was an improvement from a controversy point of view with less incident and more podiums, although ultimately fewer points as Hamilton finished fourth in the standings with 190 points. Hamilton drew attention with a shock move from McLaren to Mercedes for the 2013 season and secured his final win with the former at the US Grand Prix.
Hamilton's contractual details are not public knowledge, although he was reportedly earning £40 million a year before his contract renewal in February 2021. Hamilton has a number of personal sponsors in addition to his contract, including Tommy Hilfiger, Police and Monster Energy. The above means that Hamilton's net worth is estimated to be a staggering £224m, ranking him as the wealthiest ever active sportsperson on the Sunday Times Rich List.
Despite having a vast car collection including a bespoke Pagani Zonda, a Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1, Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 and two Shelby Cobras, his own concerns over the state of the environment around the world and aiming to align with his aim to reduce his own personal carbon footprint led Hamilton to reveal in 2020 that he currently drives a battery-electric Mercedes-Benz EQC, whilst requesting transportation from airports in all-electric vehicles where possible. Hamilton has aided the development of the Mercedes-Benz Project One hypercar and has entered a team - X44 - into the Extreme E off-road series, which aims to take rally-style racing to environmentally impacted locations around the world to raise awareness of the effects of climate change.
Hamilton's relationship with Father Anthony has repaired itself in recent years after a fallout at the beginning of the previous decade. Hamilton Sr worked multiple jobs to help Hamilton Jr set-off on his Karting career, before eventually managing his son during the infancy of his Formula 1 career. However, this relationship broke down in 2010, with neither party on good terms with each other when the management concluded. An Instagram post by Hamilton in 2020 seemed to show the fissures has been somewhat repaired with a picture of the two on holiday alone, whilst Anthony has been more prominent in the paddock in recent times supporting his son. Hamilton's parents split when he was young and he lived with his mother Carmen Larbalestier until he was 12 years old.
Hamilton is highly active on Instagram, regularly giving updates on his training, race weekend progress and how he relaxes when not racing. As one of the first high-profile drivers to embrace the social media platform, he has been a trailblazer for others to follow suit. Hamilton currently has 21.5 million followers on the platform.
Hamilton owns one dog - Roscoe - who follows the British driver around the world and is a regular face in the paddock. Roscoe was previously accompanied by Coco, who tragically died in 2020. Roscoe has his own Instagram page where his travels are documented for his adoring fans.
Hamilton's early F1 helmets were based on the design of his racing idol Ayrton Senna's helmet, with yellow, blue, green and red prominent on the design. Over the years, this design has evolved to switch from the yellow base to white, and more recently purple. Last season, black became more prominent as Hamilton and his Mercedes team strived for a more diverse sport.
|3 - 5 july||Red Bull Ring||Valtteri Bottas||4e - 12 points|
|10 - 12 july||Red Bull Ring||Lewis Hamilton||1 - 25 points|
|17 - 19 july||Hungaroring||Lewis Hamilton||1 - 26 points|
31 july -
|Silverstone Circuit||Lewis Hamilton||1 - 25 points|
|7 - 9 august||Silverstone Circuit||Max Verstappen||2 - 19 points|
|14 - 16 august||Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya||Lewis Hamilton||1 - 25 points|
|28 - 30 august||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps||Lewis Hamilton||1 - 25 points|
|4 - 6 september||Autodromo Nazionale Monza||Pierre Gasly||7e - 7 points|
|11 - 13 september||Mugello||Lewis Hamilton||1 - 26 points|
|25 - 27 september||Sochi Autodrom||Valtteri Bottas||3 - 15 points|
|9 - 11 october||Nürburgring||Lewis Hamilton||1 - 25 points|
|23 - 25 october||Portimão Circuit||Lewis Hamilton||1 - 26 points|
31 october -
|Imola||Lewis Hamilton||1 - 26 points|
|13 - 15 november||Intercity Istanbul Park||Lewis Hamilton||1 - 25 points|
|27 - 29 november||Bahrain International Circuit||Lewis Hamilton||1 - 25 points|
|4 - 6 december||Bahrain International Circuit||Sergio Pérez|
|11 - 13 december||Yas Marina Circuit||Max Verstappen||3 - 15 points|