Many of us know him as the six-time formula one world champion, Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton has gone on to be the world’s greatest and highly esteemed drivers in the history of the sport. He was born on 7th January 1985 in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England. He was raised as Roman Catholic by his parents, Carmen, and Anthony.
He lived with his mother until the age of twelve, then moved to live with his father. His relationship with his father then bloomed his love for racing, a gift of a radio-controlled car was his first taste into the world of racing. It was when Hamilton was 6 years old that his father bought him a go-kart for Christmas in which a promise had been made between the father-son duo; he would continue to support young Lewis with his racing career as long as he continued to work hard in school. And support he did, his father left his job as an information technology manager and became a contractor, he would sometimes work three jobs at a time whilst never failing to attend all of young Lewis’ races.
In 1993, Hamilton began his go-karting career at only eight years of age. At the Rye House Kart Circuit his performance increased exponentially, and he started to win races as well as class championships. A 10-year-old Lewis Hamilton approached Ron Dennis, boss of formula one team asking for an autograph when he said that “one day, I want to be racing your cars” to which Dennis wrote back, “Phone me in nine years, we’ll sort something out then”.
Hamilton drove for the Martin Hines’s Zip Young Guns Karting Team. He progressed and by the time he had turned 12 years old, his performance had improved enough for famous betting and gambling company Ladbrokes Coral in London to take a bet that he would win a Formula One Grand Prix before the age of 23. Another predicted that he would win the World Drivers’ Championship before he was 25. He worked up to the Junior Yamaha in 1997, a year later, Ron Dennis got in touch with Hamilton after he won the Super One series and his second British Championship. Dennis came through with his promise and signed Hamilton up for the McLaren driver development programme. An option of a future Formula One Seat was part of the contract, making Hamilton one of the youngest drivers to secure a contract which would then result in a Formula One Drive.