If you’re interested in Formula One even a little bit, you will have definitely heard of Lewis Hamilton. The British driver is a six-time world champion who currently races for the Mercedes F1 team and is well on his way to claim another title. Hamilton is often dubbed one of the greatest Formula One drivers of all time for a very good reason.
Find out how the talented driver first entered Formula One, his motorsport career before F1, why he races under the number 44, and more.
R/C Cars Started Lewis’ Career
Lewis Hamilton was born at the beginning of 1985 in Stevenage, a small British town around 30 miles outside of London. His parents separated in 1987 and Lewis ended up living with his mother and half-sisters until 1997.
Hamilton’s motorsport journey began when he was just five years old. His father, Anthony, bought Lewis a remote-controlled car. Around a year later, Lewis Hamilton entered the 1991 National BRCA championship. Young Hamilton finished the race in 2nd place, the then-six-year-old ended up beating adults. Anthony started wondering whether Lewis’ talent would transfer to other types of motorsport.