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Lewis Hamilton is one of Britain’s legends of sport. The two-time Formula One World Champion; born in Stevenage, Hertfordshire boasts an impressive 33 F1 race wins, a British record that doesn’t look to be broken for many years to come. With 38 pole positions in a total of 148 races in F1, the newly crowned champion who recently turned 30 goes into the 2015-16 season having signed a new mouthwatering deal with Mercedes AMG. This new £20m a year deal will see the 2014 Constructers Championship winning team continue their support of Hamilton’s success for the next five years, making the contract a staggering 100 million pound agreement.
Beginning in 1991, it became instantly clear to his dad, Anthony, that Lewis had an undeniable raw talent for motor racing when at 6 years old he was beating adults in national remote control championships. Recognising that it was a transferable skill he decided to start Lewis in karting career in 1993. It was here that he showed his unequivocal determination for greatness when he set himself on a path into Formula One by introducing himself to McLaren boss Ron Dennis. At just 9 years old, he walked straight up to Dennis and said “Hi. I’m Lewis Hamilton. I won the British Championship and one day I want to be racing your cars.” Not only did Hamilton go on to win every category of Karting there possibly is, but at age 15 he was crowed the world number one karting champion, which is still the youngest aged winner to this day.
The 2014 Sports Personality Of The Year winner embarked on his F1 career in 2007 with Ron Dennis and McLaren at the Australian Grand Prix. Finishing 3rd that day, Hamilton went on to finish runner up in the seasons drivers championship after missing out on the title in the last race. This didn’t sway him however and the following year, he unforgettably won the season on the last corner of the race. After a few disappointing years to follow, Hamilton decided to make the move to Mercedes in 2013 to revive his career. It was here we saw Lewis back to his best and after a thrilling 2014 season full of battles and controversy with teammate Niko Rosberg, he prevailed again and took his second championship title, securing his place amongst the all time greats of F1.
Here at Dronsfields we decided to honour our homegrown great and created this insightful infographic to show the magnitude of just how talented our world champion is!
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