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Mon, 01.07.1985

Lewis Hamilton, Racing Icon born

Lewis Hamilton

*Lewis Hamilton was born on this date in 1985. He is a Black English Formula One Race Car Driver.

From Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England, Lewis Carl Hamilton's grandparents immigrated to the United Kingdom from Grenada in the 1950s, his grandfather worked on the London Underground. His mother Carmen, and father Anthony (who is now an IT Consultant), named Lewis after the American Olympic gold medal winning athlete Carl Lewis. His parents separated when he was two. Hamilton grew up with his father, step-mother and half-brother Nicholas who suffers from cerebral palsy.n

At age six, he began his racing career when his father bought him his first go-kart. He held down three jobs to support his son’s career and still found enough time to attend all of his races. When he was 9, Hamilton predicted that he would one day race for McLaren-Mercedes. Two years later he was signed to McLaren's development program, while still attending The John Henry Newman School.

In his debut (2001) year Hamilton has set four Formula One records. After he finished second at the 2007 Spanish Grand Prix; he became the youngest driver ever to lead the drivers' championship. Hamilton gained his first victory at the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix on June 10, 2007 and became the first black person to win a Formula One race.

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