CB presents the Full Story of a British racing driver who is best known by the nickname “Billion Dollar Man”. Our Lewis Hamilton Childhood Story plus Untold Biography Facts brings to you a full account of notable events from his childhood time to date.
The analysis involves his life story before fame, family life/background and many OFF and ON-Screen little-known facts about him.
Yes, everyone knows about his successive domination in Formula One racing. However, only a few consider Lewis Hamilton’s bio which is quite interesting. Now, without further ado, let’s begin.
Lewis Hamilton Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts: Early Life
Lewis Hamilton was born on the 7th day of January 1985 at Stevenage, United Kingdom. He was born to his Father, Anthony Hamilton -a black-British- and to his mother Carmen Larbalestier -of full British descent- (both pictured below).
Growing up at Stevenage young Hamilton never enjoyed the simultaneous company of his father and mother owing to the fact that both parents separated when Hamilton was only 2 years old.
Considering how tender Hamilton was at the time, his father decided to let him live with his mother but never ceased to shower fatherly affection on him including gifting him a radio-controlled toy car, a gift which would later ignite Hamilton’s passion for racing and by extension rise to fame.
However, Hamilton’s journey to fame was not swift but progressive. After having considerable playtime with the radio-controlled toy car, Anthony gave his son’s passion for racing a boost by gifting him a Go-Kart which gave him a much real racing experience.
Lewis Hamilton Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts: Career Buildup
Having a Go-Kart opened doors for competition which Hamilton utilized by competing in Kart Circuits beginning from the Rye House Kart where he proved himself as a racing prodigy to watch out for by winning championships.
The winnings did not only earn him local popularity but influenced his decision to major on racing as against football, a sport he actively participated in at the John Henry Newman School with hopes of becoming a professional.
Armed with innumerable Karting titles which saw him named Karting player of all times (an unbeaten record he still holds), Hamilton was confident of what life had in stock for him in racing and sought advancement into Formula Renault.
Lewis Hamilton Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts: Rise to Fame
Although Hamilton made his foray in Formula Renault in 2001 when he was aged 16, events that enabled him to get into the championship was his confidence (induced by numerous karting titles) to introduce himself to McLaren team boss Ron Dennis at an award ceremony when he was aged Nine in 1995. An introduction which Hamilton would live to remember years after:
“Hi. I’m Lewis Hamilton. I won the British championship and one day I want to be racing your cars.”
Ron Dennis (pictured below with Hamilton at the time of introduction) was stunned by the confidence with which Hamilton exude and foresaw a bright future in the lad. Consequently, he ensured that the racing prodigy enjoyed the support of McLaren team which in 2001 offered him the opportunity to take a major step in his racing career by competing in Formula Renault.
Hamilton proved that McLaren patronage which included financial support and a bright prospect for competing in formula one was worthwhile as he finished fifth in the 2001 British Formula Renault Winter Series, came third in the 2002 Formula Renault UK campaign and finally won the championship in 2003.
Subsequent racing competitions saw him rise through FormulaThreee, GP2 and kicked started his Formula One career with McLaren in 2007, finishing second in his debut season and winning the title the next season. The res, as they say,y is history.
Lewis Hamilton Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts: Relationship Life
One might not be wrong to attribute Hamilton’s series of failed relationships to his parent failed marriage. The racing genius has had great difficulties in trying to make his relationships work. The harder he tries, the more it fails.
Lewis started his relationship with the lead singer of the American girl band, Pussycat Dolls, Nicole Scherzinger in November 2007 but broke up in January 2010 for the purpose of having time for their individual carers.
After series of “break-ups and make-ups” that ensued between 2011 and 2013, the couple finally broke up officially in February 2015. Describing his cars as his babies, Hamilton admitted that his passion for racing comes first, which is undoubtedly why he split with Nicole.
Other Notable female personalities that have once put up with Hamilton’s divided attention during romantic stints with him include Jodia Ma, his Chinese first love whom he dated back in college, they dated for four years, until June 2007 when they finally parted ways include American singer, Rihanna, 18-year-old Model Sofia Richie, Winnie Harlow amongst others.
Lewis Hamilton Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts: Family Life
Lewis Hamilton family life is just as complicated as his relationship life. Sit back as we walk you through his labyrinth of family ties.
Father: Anthony Hamilton, father of Lewis Hamilton is black British. He has always been supportive of his son’s ambition and career as a car racer and had been Lewis personal manager from 2008 until early 2010 when Lewis ended his working relationship with his father and signed a new management deal with Simon Fuller‘s firm XIX Entertainment in March 2011.
Mother: In a funny twist of events, Lewis has got two mothers. One, his biological, the other, his step. Carmen B. Larbalestier, Hamilton’s biological mother, who is white British was born in 1955. She got married to Anthony C Hamilton in 1979. They, however, got divorced, two years after Lewis birth. Now married as Carmen Brenda Lockhart, she has three children including Lewis Hamilton, Nicola Lockhart and Samantha Lockhart.
Hamilton has had an excellent relationship with his mum. She has been seen several times at some of his bigger races and also at championships giving moral support to her son who has not failed to make her proud.
Linda Hamilton is the Step-mother of Lewis Hamilton. She married Anthony Hamilton after he separated from Lewis real mother. Lewis at the age of twelve started living with her and his half-brother after he left his mum place. She helped raised Lewis as well as supported his career.
Nicolas Hamilton is the half-brother of Lewis. He is born to Lewis stepmother, Linda. Nicholas is also a professional racing driver. He has cerebral palsy and has a specially designed car he uses for his races because of his condition.
Lewis Hamilton Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts: Notable Accidents
One of Lewis Hamilton notable accidents includes the one he had with Max Verstappen in the Bahrain Grand Prix earlier in 2018. Lewis was actually slammed for blaming the much younger driver.
Hamilton, 33-year-old at the time had this to say about the 20-year-old Verstappen while attributing the youngster’s age to the incident.
“I just think for him, he’s a young driver and is going to be learning all the time, he’s got fantastic pace but, as youngsters, we do not always make the right decisions”.
There have been some other races where Lewis had been so close to being involved in crashes but he somehow escapes and end up winning the races.
Lewis Hamilton Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts: Not Just Racing
Contrary to the opinion of many, Hamilton is not just a racer but a songwriter and has over the years written, in different genres, about 80 songs. He also sings most of the songs he which he writes during his spare time.
Because of his career as a car racer, he hasn’t given full attention to music as he considers racing more important. In 2015, he collaborated with Bose & Spinz Beats Inc to created his F1 soundtrack which he released in September that year.
Lewis Hamilton Childhood Story Plus Untold Biography Facts: Other Facts
- Hamilton attended Karate classes at the age of five to enable him to defend himself when bullies come calling
- He was the highest paid British Sportsman in 2008.
- In the history of the sport, Hamilton is the only driver to win at least one race in every season that he has competed in.
- Hamilton has been a staunch Arsenal fan right from the age of five. He actually played football for his school’s team alongside England’s international midfielder, Ashley Young.
- He has had a long time and seemingly unending rivalry with Ferrari driver, Sebastian Vettel
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