The records speak for themselves.
Lewis Hamilton is statistically one of the greatest drivers to ever sit in a racing car in the history of the sport. With seven World Championships, 100 pole positions, 55 fastest laps and nearly 100 wins – at the most recent count – he tops all the record books.
His success is built on an unrelenting ambition to continually improve. With the mentality of a grand slam tennis champ, the focus is always on the next target: the following race, another victory, clinching one more world title.
Hamilton has unbelievable talent, with his greatest skill his outright speed and an uncanny ability to feel the grip on the surface of the road. But at 36, he can also draw on his incredible experience to hone his race craft and outwit his rivals. It’s no surprise he’s accumulated over 3,800 points from his 270+ F1 starts so far.
Through his rise as a global sports icon, Hamilton has been instrumental in using his fame to highlight many of the racial and social injustices that are present in today’s society. Last year he established the Hamilton Commission to help improve the representation of Black people working in motor sport and has been a regular campaigner for environmental issues. Through a combination of his work – in addition to his extraordinary achievements on track – he was honoured by Her Majesty the Queen earlier this year and knighted.
It’s been a long journey for Sir Lewis who grew up in Stevenage, on the outskirts of London, and first started piloting radio-controlled cars. As a boy he famously tracked down McLaren boss Ron Dennis at a motor sport awards ceremony and told him that in the future he’d like to drive one of his cars.
Fast forward to 2007 and Hamilton very nearly won the World Championship in his debut year in F1 driving for Ron Dennis’ McLaren team. He managed it one year later, in a thrilling final lap overtake to clinch the title in one of the most dramatic of sporting climaxes in history.
In 2013, Hamilton switched teams and joined the all-conquering Mercedes squad where he would go on to dominate Formula 1. Since 2014, he has taken nearly 80 Grand Prix victories and added six more World Championships to his tally.
With just an extension of one year on his contract to take him until the end of 2021, the question is how long will the 36-year-old continue to race? There is one more target for him to achieve. He is currently tied with Michael Schumacher on seven titles and needs one more to re-write history with eight. Can he do it this year and will he achieve his dream of standing alone on eight championship wins in Jeddah?
Let’s find out on the weekend of December 3rd -5th, 2021 at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit!