Happy BirthDay Lewis....

Posted by redthil On 1/07/2008 11:45:00 PM

About Lewis:

Name: Lewis Carl Hamilton
DOB: 7th January 1985
Age: 22
Nationality: British
Home town: Tewin Wood, Hertfordshire, England
Place of Birth: Stevenage, UK
Marital Status: Single
Height: 1.74m
Weight: 67kg

Favourite Music: Hip-hop, R&B, Reggae and Funky House

Favourite Artists: The Roots, De La Soul, 2Pac, Biggie, Nas, Bob Marley, Sizzla, Sean Paul, Freddie McGregor, UB40, Chaka Demus & Piliers, Beenie Man, Sanchez, Warrior King

Hobbies: Music, playing guitar, books, gym, cycling, squash, tennis, karting, partying with friends, chilling with family and friends, cinema, watching DVDs

2007 - F1 with Vodafone McLaren Mercedes - age 22

Leader - 4 wins, 12 podiums, 6 Pole positions
2006 - GP2 Series - age 21

Champion (ART Grand Prix) - 5 wins
2005 - Formula 3 Euro Series - age 20

Champion - 15 wins, 10 fastest laps, 13 Pole positions (champion before final 4 races)
Winner - F3 Marlboro Masters, Zandvoort - Pole position and lap record
Winner - Monaco F3 Grand Prix - 2 Pole positions, 2 race wins, 1 fastest lap
Winner - Pau F3 Grand Prix, France - 2 Pole positions, 2 race wins, 2 fastest laps

2004 - Formula 3 Euro Series - age 19

5th in Championship - 1 win, two 3rds
Winner Bahrain F3 Superprix
Winner race 1 Macau Grand Prix

2003 - Formula Renault UK - age 18

Champion - 10 wins, 9 fastest laps, 11 Pole positions (Champion before final two rounds)
2002 - Formula Renault UK - age 17

3rd Formula Renault UK Championship - 3 wins, 3 fastest laps, 3 Poles
2001 - Formula Renault - age 16

3rd Formula Renault UK Championship - 3 wins, 3 fastest laps, 3 Poles
2001 - Formula Renault - age 16

5th - Formula Renault Winter Series
2000 - Karting - Formula A - age 15

1st - World No. 1
1st - European Champion - Winner of all four rounds
1st - World Cup Champion - Japan
1st - Winner of Elf Masters, Paris Bercy, France
Silverstone British Racing Drivers Club "Rising Star" Member
Winner at the Second round of the Italian Open

1999 - Karting - Junior ICA and JICA - age 14

2nd - Vice European Champion - JICA
1st - Trophy de Pomposa winner - JICA
4th - Italian Open Championship - JICA
1st - Italian "Industrials" Champion - ICA

1998 - Karting - Junior ICA - age 13

2nd - McLaren Mercedes Champion of the Future
4th - Italian Open Championship

1997 - Karting - Junior Yamaha - age 12

1st - McLaren-Mercedes Champion of the Future
1st - British Champion

1996 - Karting - Cadet - age 11

1st - McLaren-Mercedes Champion of the Future
1st - Sky TV Kart Masters Champion
1st - Five Nations Champion

1995 - Karting - Cadet - age 10

1st - British Champion
1st - STP Champion


Lewis' career started in 1993 when he was 8 years old and by the age of 10 Lewis had won his first British Kart championship. A further four British Kart championships followed in 1996 and 1997. At the age of 13, Lewis his talent was spotted and subsequently signed to the McLaren and Mercedes-Benz Young Driver Support Programme by McLaren Group Chairman and CEO Ron Dennis. The programme, established by McLaren Group Chairman and CEO Ron Dennis and Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Norbert Haug, provided Lewis with a long-term contract guaranteeing financial and technical support to help with his future motorsport career and included a future option for the entry into Formula 1.

Lewis remains the only teenager ever to be signed by a Formula 1 team at such an early age.

Throughout 1998 to 2000 and with financial backing secured by McLaren, Lewis won European and World Karting titles and was crowned Karting World No. 1 in 2000 at the age of 15. Seven years later, Lewis remains the youngest ever World Karting No. 1.

Following a successful Karting career, Lewis graduated to single-seater racing in 2002 in the Formula Renault single seater category and finished 3rd in his first full season of car racing. A second season of Formula Renault followed in 2003 with Lewis dominating the series and setting a championship record with 10 wins, 9 fastest laps and 11 pole positions and winning the championship two rounds before the final race.

In 2004, Lewis raced in the highly competitive Formula 3 Euroseries championship on the same event card as the Germany DTM touring car championship. Racing for Manor Motorsport, a rookie team in Europe and Lewis in his first year of Formula 3, Lewis finished 5th having taken a win at the Norisring plus four further podiums.

In 2005, Lewis won the Formula 3 Euroseries championship racing for the dominant ASM team. In 2006, he joined ART Grand Prix team in the GP2 Series as a replacement for the previous year's champion Nico Rosberg. His performance in the GP2 Series was impressive. At the European GP2 event he won both races, becoming only the second driver (after Nico Rosberg) to do so in the series history and won at Monaco from pole. At Silverstone Lewis went one better and scored his second double race win becoming the only driver in GP2 history to do so. Lewis was the 2006 GP2 champion and is currently preparing for his second year as a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver.

Courtesy : www.lewishamilton.com

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