2012  S. Vettel Not a sign from anybody in my industry which of course is a white dominated sport. Tellingly he has also lost none of the passion he felt when he first climbed behind the wheel. For us to get out of the slums" before immediately correcting himself, saying, "Well, not the slums, but to get out of somewhere and do something. Lewis Hamilton was a nine-year-old karting driver when he learned his idol Ayrton Senna died after crashing into a concrete wall during the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. 2003  M. Schumacher Get the latest results and headlines sent straight to your phone, find all our Formula 1 coverage details with our Live Guide, sign-up to our newsletter and learn where to find us on online. [206] The jet was sold in September 2019. He features on Christina Aguilera's 2018 song "Pipe" under the pseudonym 'XNDA'[209] which was confirmed by himself in July 2020. Find out more, The Telegraph values your comments but kindly requests all posts are on topic, constructive and respectful. [208], Hamilton also has interests in music, saying "music has been a huge passion of mine since I was really young. Among thousands of comments left since 2007, some included racial insults. I truly believed that we could win this championship but it has been the toughest battle that we’ve had collectively as a team. [164] Sports journalist Paul Weaver contrasts their upbringings:[164] Rosberg, an only child, was born in Germany but brought up in Monaco and was the son of a wealthy former Formula One world champion, Keke Rosberg, whereas Hamilton was born on a council estate in Stevenage, and his father had to work multiple jobs to fund his son's junior racing. [143] At the 2019 Monaco Grand Prix, Hamilton, like fellow driver Sebastian Vettel, wore a special helmet to pay tribute to Niki Lauda, who passed away at the start of the week. ", "Statistics Drivers – Points – By number", "Grenadian roots of first black F1 driver", "Formula One's first black driver to take his place on grid", "Lewis Hamilton: The Tiger Woods of Racing? [63], Changes to regulations ahead of the 2014 season, which mandated the use of turbo-hybrid engines, contributed to the start of a highly successful era for Hamilton as he found himself in the most dominant car on the grid. Hamilton immediately released a statement of apology for "driving in an over-exuberant manner". Hamilton said he thought the penalty was "quite light if anything" and only regretted the loss of points. That’s been key. Hamilton has matured as driver. From 2017 to 2018, he finished 33 consecutive races in point-scoring positions, a run only brought to an end as a result of mechanical issues as opposed to driver error. [49] Hamilton won the GP2 championship at his first attempt, beating Nelson Piquet, Jr. and Timo Glock. I can show a side of me that people don't get to see". Lewis Hamilton 2015 Malaysia 5 years ago Archived Where is Hamilton's dad nowadays, why doesn't he follow Lewis around like he used to? [120][115], —David Richards, chairman of Motorsport UK, speaking of Hamilton in 2019. [115] Others have attributed his lack of appreciation to the perceived predictability of results during the turbo-hybrid era, likening his period of dominance to that of Michael Schumacher in the early 2000s, and to tennis players Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova, all of whom became more appreciated in the latter part of their careers. Hamilton won his first title 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 as he denied race-winner Massa the title by one point. [22], Pundit and commentator Will Buxton compared the character and driving styles of the pair, labelling Hamilton as the faster driver with more natural ability while labelling Rosberg, while not as quick, as the more intelligent driver. “The unconditional love of a pet is something quite special,” he smiled. F1 calendar 2020: full season schedule and how to watch the races on TV, As Lewis Hamilton marches to history, it is hard not to see the pain of his luckless and downtrodden rivals, Lewis Hamilton could quit F1 at end of year despite verging on record-equalling seventh world championship, Lewis Hamilton wins Emilia Romagna Grand Prix as Mercedes take record seventh constructors' title in a row. Born and raised in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, Hamilton enjoyed a successful ascent up the racing ladder and was signed to the McLaren young driver programme in 1998. [161], In their time together as teammates, Hamilton and Alonso won 8 of 17 races in the 2007 Formula One season. [22] This led some to believe that Rosberg would achieve greater success in Formula One, the highest level of open-wheel racing, due to the intellectual capacity required to manage brakes, energy harvesting, tyre management and moderate fuel usage. In the sprint race, though he finished second with Piquet sixth, he was 12 points clear of his rival. In this, his finest and most complete F1 season to date, Hamilton has never felt more comfortable about being true to himself. [79][80] After scoring his sixth career grand slam in the final race of the season, Hamilton ended the season with 11 wins (matching his previous best in 2014 and 2018) and 17 podiums (matching the all-time record for a fourth time) as well as achieving 5 pole positions. [63] New driver number regulations brought in for 2014 allowed drivers to pick a unique car number to use for their entire career, and so Hamilton elected to drive under his old karting number, 44, for the remainder of his career. "This has actually been a really difficult weekend because my grandad died on Thursday morning," he said. [141] Hamilton wore a gold helmet at the 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after sealing his fifth world title, toward which he made reference with five stars on either side of the design,[139] and did so again at the 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, this time with six stars following his sixth World Championship title. [118][119] Jim Holder of Autocar magazine has suggested that racial bias may have contributed towards Hamilton's perceived lack of popularity relative to his achievements, with Hamilton's race and physical appearance—being mixed-race and often seen sporting earrings, dreadlocks and designer clothing—alienating some of the sport's traditional white, elderly male fanbase. Only a British speeding ticket – given by a policeman hiding in a hedgerow on the way to Folkestone – cut short his racing ambitions. This is Hamilton’s 12th season in Formula One and his route from a council house in Stevenage was enabled by his father Anthony, who supported his racing by taking multiple jobs. Specifically, they turned to his paternal grandfather, Davidson, who had emigrated from Grenada to London in 1955 and who, he revealed, had died just three days before his coronation as a quintuple Formula One champion.