British racing driver Lewis Hamilton (born Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton) is gunning for his 6th FIA Formula One (F1) championship title this year. Carrying the Mercedes-AMG Petronas team flag, Hamilton is considered by many as the modern day F1 hero with a total of 78 race wins since his debut in the pinnacle of motorsport back in 2007.
While countless racing fans all over the world know of his unstoppable prowess behind the wheel, not many know of the more interesting details surrounding this award-winning young gun. With this in mind, here are 8 of the coolest facts about Lewis Hamilton as compiled by Fox+ PH.
Hamilton set firsts and broke records last season
Last season ended on a high for Hamilton as he set not just one, but two new standards in the world of Formula 1. With a total of 408, he officially scored the most points in a season by any driver, just beating Sebastian Vettel who scored 387 in 2013. Hamilton also became the first driver ever to have his total number of career points go past 3000.
In every season he has joined so far, he has won at least one race
The only driver in the world to have a streak of this kind, one can argue that Hamilton found this success due to starting his career with a top-level team and car. It’s quite awe-inspiring to imagine that this racing driver has come out with a win every season he’s participated in since 2001.
He started racing at age 8
For plenty of racing drivers, the love for the sport starts with karting — and Hamilton was no different. He started driving at age 8 and by age 10, he had already won the British Karting Championship, the STP Karting Championship, and the Mercedes Champions of the Future Series where his future sponsor, McLaren Mercedes, would then notice him.
He was the youngest driver that was reached out to by a Formula 1 team
After catching the attention of McLaren Mercedes at the Mercedes Champions of the Future Series, Hamilton would then be signed on for the ‘Mercedes Drivers Development Support Programme’ in 1998 at the age of 13 — the youngest to have ever been contacted by a professional driving team.