Sir Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton MBE HonFREng (born 7 January 1985) is a British Formula One driver for Mercedes. Hamilton has a joint-record seven World Drivers’ Championship titles (tied with Michael Schumacher) and holds the records for most wins (103), pole positions (103), and podium finishes (183) in Formula One, among other achievements.
In 1998, Hamilton, who was born and reared in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, joined the McLaren young driver programme. This led to a Formula One ride with McLaren from 2007 to 2012, making Hamilton the championship’ first and only black driver.
Hamilton set multiple records in his first season, finishing one point behind Kimi Räikkönen. He won his first title the next season in spectacular manner, making a key overtaking on the final lap of the season’s final race to become the then-youngest Formula One World Champion in history. Hamilton signed with Mercedes in 2013 after six years with McLaren.
Changes to the regulations in 2014, requiring the use of turbo-hybrid engines, marked the start of a tremendously successful time for Hamilton, who went on to win six more drivers’ titles. In 2014 and 2015, he won consecutive championships in a fierce rivalry with teammate Nico Rosberg.
Following Rosberg’s departure, Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari became Hamilton’s main challenger in two dramatic championship clashes, in which Hamilton twice overcame mid-season point deficits to win successive titles in 2017 and 2018. In 2019 and 2020, he won his third and fourth titles in a row, tying Schumacher’s record of seven driver titles.
Because of his high-profile lifestyle, environmental and social advocacy, and musical and fashion escapades, Hamilton has been credited with expanding Formula One’s global popularity by appealing to a bigger audience outside the sport.
He’s also become a vocal supporter of activism to eliminate prejudice and promote greater diversity in the motorsports industry.
Hamilton was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential persons in the world in 2020, and he was knighted in the 2021 New Year Honors.
Mercedes Explains Why Lewis Hamilton’s Seat at The Azerbaijan Grand Prix Became ‘cold’.
After consulting with Lewis Hamilton over the week, Mercedes engineer James Vowles has provided an explanation for why his seat became “cool” at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. During last Sunday’s race in Baku, Hamilton was far from at ease.
Hamilton complained of a painful back all weekend due to the continual bouncing in the W13. As Hamilton and George Russell bounced down the long straight throughout the race, Mercedes’ porpoising difficulties became more apparent than ever.
Toto Wolff acknowledged before the race that he wasn’t confident Hamilton would be able to complete the entire 51 laps. The 37-year-old finished fourth, barely behind teammate Russell.
After the race, he cautiously climbed out of his cockpit, supporting his back as he walked away. Having a terrible back wasn’t the only sensation Hamilton had during the Grand Prix, as he said on team radio, “The seat has gotten cold!”
Commentators were perplexed as to why this happened, particularly in the sweltering heat of Baku during the final stages of the race. The crew didn’t figure out what was wrong until Hamilton returned to his Brackley headquarters on Tuesday.
After speaking with Hamilton, Vowles realised that the cold sensation was caused by his back difficulties.
“I didn’t have an answer until I spent a few minutes with Lewis earlier in the day to actually ask him,” says the author “On Mercedes’ YouTube channel, Vowles stated. “What happened was that nothing had changed in the car; instead, it appears that given the amount of pounding his back had endured from the bouncing, he developed a numbness, and the cold was a reaction to that.
“There was nothing colder in the car; it was simply a reaction to the amount of endurance and suffering he had endured during the race.”
Hamilton’s back issue during the Baku race has raised worries about whether he’ll be able to participate this weekend in Canada. However, Vowles has put an end to any rumours that Hamilton would be replaced for the Canadian Grand Prix.
“I’m happy to report that Lewis arrived this morning; I spent a few hours with him and he’s well; he’ll be back in the car in Montreal soon.” “He went on. “He’s an elite athlete who will test the limits of his and the car’s endurance, and that’s what Formula 1 drivers do, and that’s what distinguishes them.”