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F1: Lewis Hamilton in profile

Lewis Hamilton is the most successful driver in F1 history and the seven-time world champion remains hungry to extend his amazing racing record.

The British star holds records for most race wins (103), pole positions (104) and points (4639.5) and has won world titles for both McLaren and Mercedes.

He will be racing for the German team for the final time this season, having recently announcing he will be moving to Ferrari for the 2025 campaign.

Formula 1
Born7th January, 1985
BirthplaceStevenage, UK
F1 current teamMercedes
F1 previous teamMcLaren
F1 debut2007 Australian Grand Prix
F1 titles7 (2008, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
F1 2024 odds11/1

Lewis Hamilton's early racing record

Hamilton's first racing success came racing radio-controlled cars, while he began karting aged eight and became the youngest winner of the British cadet class when he was 10.

He was signed to McLaren's driver development programme in 1998 and won the karting World Cup and European Championship two years later.

He moved to single-seater car racing in 2001, starting in the British Formula Renault series, and won the series for Manor Motorsport in 2003. 

In 2005 he was Formula 3 Euroseries champion with 15 wins in 20 races and in 2006 he moved up to GP2 with ART Grand Prix, winning the championship after a battle with Nelson Piquet Jr. and scoring a notable double victory in the support races for that year's British Grand Prix.

He moved into F1 with McLaren in 2007 and almost won the title in his rookie season. He finished third in his debut race in Australia and was on the podium for the first nine races of his career, an F1 record.

That run included his first F1 race win in Canada and he also won the following race at Indianapolis before adding victories in Hungary and Japan.

Hamilton's battle with his team-mate Fernando Alonso quickly turned sour, though, and they ended the year finishing second and third in the championship, both one point behind Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen. 

Hamilton's first career retirement in the penultimate race of the season in China cost him a sensational debut title, but he did not have to wait long for it to arrive.

Lewis Hamilton's world championship years

Hamilton won his first world championship in a dramatic finish in 2008, when he overtook the Toyota's Timo Glock on the final lap of a rain-affected finale in Brazil to beat Ferrari's Felipe Massa to the title by one point.

That was to be his only title success with the British team, as he finished fourth or fifth in each of the next four seasons, although he was able to pick up multiple wins in each of those campaigns.

Hamilton caused controversy when he announced he was leaving to join Mercedes for 2013, as the German team had been no better than a midfield outfit at that stage, but he was at the forefront of their success as they became the dominant force in the sport.

After winning his first race for Mercedes in the 2013 Hungarian Grand Prix, Hamilton won the next two championships with 21 wins across the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

His run of titles was interrupted in 2016 when team-mate Nico Rosberg pipped him by five points in a season when Hamilton retired from two races and the German failed to score only once.

Hamilton then became champion for the next four seasons, winning 42 races to give him an incredible run of six titles in seven seasons in a sequence that might easily have gone on one year longer.

Lewis Hamilton's recent seasons

The 2021 F1 season is one of the most notorious in the sport's history as Hamilton's run of titles came to an end in a controversial finish to the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. 

The Mercedes driver was on course to seal his eighth championship when a disputed stewarding decision enabled rival Max Verstappen to close up right behind leader Hamilton on fresher tyres after a late safety-car period, before overtaking soon after the restart to begin his own run of title successes.

Mercedes took a wrong turn with their car design over the 2022 and 2023 seasons, resulting in the only winless campaigns of Hamilton's career, although he still managed to finish sixth and third in the championship.

Seeking a fresh start and hoping to emulate the success of his previous surprise move, Hamilton will switch to Ferrari for 2025 after his final year with Mercedes this season.

Lewis Hamilton's F1 record

  • 2007 McLaren, 2nd, 4 wins
  • 2008 McLaren, world champion, 5 wins
  • 2009 McLaren, 5th, 2 wins
  • 2010 McLaren, 4th, 3 wins
  • 2011 McLaren, 5th, 3 wins
  • 2012 McLaren, 4th, 4 wins
  • 2013 Mercedes, 4th, 1 win
  • 2014 Mercedes, world champion, 11 wins
  • 2015 Mercedes, world champion, 10 wins
  • 2016 Mercedes, 2nd, 10 wins
  • 2017 Mercedes, world champion, 9 wins
  • 2018 Mercedes, world champion, 11 wins
  • 2019 Mercedes, world champion, 11 wins
  • 2020 Mercedes, world champion, 11 wins
  • 2021 Mercedes, 2nd, 8 wins
  • 2022 Mercedes, 6th
  • 2023 Mercedes, 3rd

Lewis Hamilton's net worth

Hamilton's net worth has been reported to be around $300 million.

Lewis Hamilton's odds for 2024

Hamilton is 11/1 to win the 2024 world drivers title and 5/1 third favourite in the title betting without Verstappen.

He is 1/3 to win a race this season, 5/4 to win two or more races and 5/1 to win three or more races during this season's scheduled 24 races.

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