Lewis Hamilton is celebrating his 30th birthday today. As a number of online compliments show, he is one of the most acclaimed racing drivers of his generation.
Born Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton in Stevenage on January 7, 1985, his career spans an arc over many different eras and tastes in British history.
Hamilton always wanted to become a F1 champion – his father Antony Hamilton bought him his first go-kart at the age of six and by the age of eight Lewis was winning class championships.
At the age of ten, Lewis reportedly approached McLaren F1 team boss Ron Dennis for an autograph, and told him: “Hi. I’m Lewis Hamilton. I won the British Championship and one day I want to be racing your cars.”
Even though McLaren F1 team boss told Hamilton to call him in nine years, Ron called Lewis in 1998 and signed him to McLaren’s Driver Development Program.
By 2007, Hamilton found himself as a new McLaren F1 driver, and in his first race ever finished on the podium in third, but by the end of the 2008 season, Hamilton found himself as the youngest driver, and ever win the F1 championship.
The following years saw Lewis remain at the top of his game, and in 2014 he won the F1 championship for the second time – becoming only the fourth British driver to do so and the first in 43 years.
— McLaren (@McLarenF1) January 7, 2015
Thank you all for the birthday wishes! What a journey it has been. This is only the beginning! #TeamLH
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) January 7, 2015
Hamilton’s notes: It is hard to believe that 30 years have passed. So many great memories. I have lived my life to fullest & am grateful for the years I’ve had. I want to thank my beautiful mum for bringing me into this world lovingly, & my dad for being such a great father. I hope I get to see many more years & create more memories. I want to see us all help heal this world, and I hope & pray that in the not too distant future, every child gets to live a healthy & happy life just as I have. Thank you all, my fans, for supporting me. We win & we lose together. I’m going for number 3!!