Lewis Hamiton and Toto Wolf

Though his results speak for themselves, and no driver has matched Lewis’s record, there are facts about Lewis Hamilton you may not know.

  • He has started the race from pole position more time than any other driver (104).
  • He has won 103 races which is more than anyone else.
  • He has won more podium finishes (191).
  • He has led more races from start to finish (23)
  • He has won more championships (7 which ties with Michael Schumacher) than any other F1 driver.

These facts show how wrong people are when they say Lewis’s only succeeded because of the car he was driving. There is no question that it helped, but none of his teammates driving the same car achieved the same success. In the junior series, he still achieved records.

Even though 2022 was a year most Mercedes fans would prefer to forget, we should never forget that Lewis has dominated F1 for fourteen years. Alongside Michael Schumacher, he holds the record of seven world championship wins. If Abu Dhabi had turned out differently in 2021, he would hold a record eight world championships.

Are Sir Lewis Hamilton’s Parents Wealthy?

While they were not on skid row, Lewis’s parents were a normal middle-class family who could not be described as rich.

One of the results of this is that he has a common touch and relates to people across all socioeconomic levels.

In his early career, he was racially abused and constantly reminded that he was not on the same level of wealth as the other kids.

His dad is reputed to have said that he shouldn’t retaliate but instead should let his results speak for themselves.

Being seven times world champion is all the talking that needed to be done.

He showed the depth of his character by returning to F1 in 2022, and even though the team had a lousy year, he stuck it out and is now suggesting that he is not finished yet.

Does that mean a possible 8th world championship?

What College Did Sir Lewis Hamilton Go To?

Lewis studied at the John Henry Newman School in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.

Does Lewis Hamilton Do Track Walks?

Lewis has never felt the need to walk the Formula One track at the start of the weekend.

He has raced at all of them so many times that he knows every corner and straight.

How Much Does Lewis Hamilton Earn?

In 2022 Lewis is the driver with the highest base salary of $55 million. He does not get a bonus.

In comparison, Max Verstappen received a base salary of $40 million and a bonus of $20 million, making him the highest-paid driver on the circuit.

Does Lewis Hamilton Have A Wife And Children?

Lewis doesn’t have a spouse or children.

Who Is Lewis Hamilton’s Brother?

Lewis is very close to his half-brother, Nicholas. Nicholas and Lewis have the same dad.

Does Lewis Hamilton Own A Jet?

Facts About Sir Lewis Hamilton

The Mercedes team generally flies to events in a private jet.

At one stage, Lewis owned a red Bombardier Challenger 605

with the registration of G-LDCH (Golf, Lima, Delta, Charlie, Hotel)

Lewis ultimately sold the jet to Laudamotion, a company owned by the late Nikki Lauda.

What Cars Does Lewis Hamilton Own?

Check out our detailed article on each of Lewis Hamilton’s cars.

Lewis has a very specific car collection of 13 cars which are based in Monaco and Los Angeles.

As a result, the cars he has purchased all have a specific value reason why he obtained them.

The value of Lewis Hamilton’s car collection is approximately $20 million.

The collection includes.

Mercedes-AMG One

Mercedes-AMG One

Sir Lewis is on the list to receive one of 275 limited edition Mercedes-AMG Project One in 2022.

There have been no announcements advising whether this transaction is completed yet.

Mercedes SLS Black

Lewis owns a US$ 300,000 SLS Black, a V8 engine producing 622 horsepower.

It is capable of accelerating to 62 mph in 3,5 seconds.

Mercedes Benz AMG GTR

Lewis owns an AMG GTR valued at US$189,000.

Mercedes Benz AMG G63 6X6

Lewis owns a Mercedes Benz AMG G63 6X6, which costs $615,000 and which he purchased in 2015.

1966 Shelby 427 Cobra

This car was first manufactured in January 1965. It has a hand-built steel frame body and an aluminum body attached.

The exceptional vehicle is worth US$5,000,000.

1967 Shelby Cobra 427

This is the next model of his 1966 version described above. It is worth $2,1 million.

McLaren P1

Lewis purchased the P1 when he left McLaren to join Mercedes. It is valued at $1.15 Million.

Ferrari LaFerrari

Lewis loves Ferrari and owns a LaFerrari powered by a hybrid engine valued at $1.4 Million.

Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta

This car is the Ferrari La Ferrari Aperta open-top cousin.

It can cruise at 200 mph.

Mini Cooper

This was Lewis’s first car in his collection and is probably being held onto for sentimental reasons.

Can-Am Maverick X31967

This is simply a fun side-by-side vehicle.

Cadillac Escalade

Lewis owns a Cadillac Escalade valued at $76,195

Ferrari 599 SA Aperta

In 2012 Lewis bought a rare open-top (Aperta) Ferrari 599 for an estimated $1.6 Million.

Sir Lewis Hamilton Has His Own Yacht?

Lewis owns a 90-foot Sunseeker yacht.

Has Lewis Hamilton Won A Race At Every Circuit?

Lewis has won at 28 circuits in his career. This means that there are only six circuits he has not been triumphant at.

Unfortunately, only Zandvoort at the Dutch Grand Prix is still racing, and therefore it is unlikely he will get a chance to win at the remaining five.

These include.

  • France – Magny Course.
  • Spain – Valencia Street Circuit.
  • Korea – Korea International Circuit.
  • India – Buddha International Circuit.

Who Did Lewis Drive For Before Mercedes?

McLaren was the first team to take a bet on Lewis.

He spent two years at McLaren, was world champion in his second year, and came second in his rookie year.

How Many World Championships Has Lewis Won?

Lewis has won seven championships, the last being in the 2020 season.

He would have won the 2021 world championship; however, being neck and neck with Max on points, the driver who won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix got to take home the championship.

Louis was comfortably in front of the pack and was leading the race when a crash occurred, and the safety car came out. Red bull took the opportunity to give Max a fresh set of tires and re-joined the race behind the back runners.

In an absurd turn of events, the race director, Michael Massey, allowed Max and no other driver to lap the rear cars. This placed Max directly behind Lewis (on a fresh set of tires.)

If Michael Massey had followed the rules, this is how the race would have finished. Instead, Massey brought the safety car, which allowed Max, on the newer tires, to overtake Lewis and win the race.

Is Monaco On Lewis’s Win List?

As suggested earlier, most circuits are on Lewis’s win list, and Monaco is no exception.

He has won at this street circuit three times.

  • 2008
  • 2016
  • 2019

Did Lewis Hamilton Meet Queen Elizabeth?

Her Majesty Quen Elizabeth personally awarded Lewis with an MBE in 2009.

It was an occasion that affected him deeply, and he maintained a close love of the queen until she died in 2022.

How Does Lewis Hamilton Spend His Millions

There is no question that Lewis enjoys his wealth. He has a house in Los Angeles and one in Monaco,

Perhaps unlike many other drivers, Lewis uses his money to finance projects he cares deeply about.

He is particularly passionate about children and the effects of racism worldwide.

Sir Lewis Hamilton’s Own Charity Is Called – Mission 44

Facts About Sir Lewis Hamilton

Lewis formed the Hamilton commission, which studied why black people are underrepresented in F1 and other technology-based fields in most United Kingdom and found that.

Only 2% of teachers in the UK are black.

Almost half of the schools in the UK have no  teachers of color at all.

Lewis has invested £20 million of his own money to capitalize the charity Mission 44 (44 being his racing number.)

Each year Mission 44 recruits 150 black students and helps them with STEM subjects in the hope that they will become Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) teachers in England.

Lewis Gives To Education Charities Throughout Africa

Lewis Hamilton donates substantial sums of money to education charities tasked with providing underprivileged South African children with education missing from that country’s disastrous education system.

The aim is to give these children the same advantages as others from more prosperous backgrounds.

Lewis Gives To Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital

Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital

Lewis donates money to the legendary Great Ormond Street Hospital, which provides treatment for over 200,000 children annually.

The kids admitted to Great Ormond have the most complex conditions, which are often life-threatening.

Lewis Gives To Harlem Children’s Zone

The Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) works with the most disadvantaged children in Harlem (New York) and provides.

  • Parenting classes.
  • Pre-school program.
  • Three charter schools.
  • Child Health Program.

Lewis Gives To The Save The Children Fund

The charity fund “Save the Children” provides relief to children in over 100 countries and affects the lives of over 197 million children.

Lewis Gives To The Honeypot Children’s Charity

Honeypot Children's Charity

This charity is mandated to support under-18-year-olds who, through circumstances, have become the primary caregiver in their home.

The reasons these children are placed in this position include parents dying, the normal caregiving parent becoming seriously ill, disabled, or suffering from an uncontrollable addiction.

This incredible charity aims to support these children, who are often as young as five years old!

With failing social services, these poor children are often left as the primary caregiver twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. They end up looking after their younger siblings and their parent.

Lewis Gives To UNICEF

UNICEF does incredible work worldwide, providing relief to children in war-torn countries during cyclone activity or a big freezing chill.

They provide assistance irrespective of language, culture, or religion.

How Did Lewis Hamilton Get Into F1

Lewis is the stereotypical F1 prodigy.

He started racing radio control cars when he was six years old and won trophies competing against adults. This was one of Lewis’s happiest memories when he spent so much time with his dad.

At eight years old, Lewis began racing go-karts, where he showed his natural talent and ability. Some of the accolades won by young Lewis included.

A Snap Shot Of Lewis Hamilton’s Career

Mercedes-AMG One

  • At ten, he was the youngest driver winner of the British cadet karting championship.
  • Michael Schumacher returned to go-karts and competed against Lewis, after which he acknowledged Lewis’s skill.
  • He won the Intercontinental A  championship in 1999.
  • He joined Formula A in 2000.
  • He won the  Formula Super A in 2001, where he won the maximum points possible to become European Champion.
  • The British Racing Drivers’ Club promoted him as a “Rising Star” Member in 2000.
  • At age sixteen, he came in sixth in the British Formula Renault Winter Series.
  • In 2002 he came in 3rd in the Formula Renault UK series powered by 2,000cc 16V engines.
  • In 2003 he won the Formula Renault UK series with two races to spare. This allowed him to miss the last two races and sign on with the British Formula 3 International Series.
  • He did not have a great time in the British Formula 3 International Series, where he ended up in the hospital after a crash.
  • In 2004 he raced with Manor Grand Prix for the Formula 3 Euro Series, ending in 5th place.
  • In 2004, at the Bahrain Grand Prix Circuit, he won the 1st Bahrain Formula 3 Super Prix.
  • He raced twice at the Macau F3 Grand Prix
  • Ron Dennis at McLaren signed Lewis onto their young driver program.
  • In 2005 he transferred to the Series champions ASM, where he won 15 of the 20 rounds.
  • In 2006 he joined the GP2 Championships, which he won in his first year.

Lewis Hamilton –  F1

In 2007, Lewis joined McLaren’s F1 team.

This was the beginning of a two-year stint in which he almost won the championship in his first year (he came second)

In 2009 he moved to Mercedes and won six more championships

What Records Does Lewis Hamilton Hold In F1?

Lewis Holds a large number of records including the following

Lewis Hamilton Facts – World Championship Titles

Hamiton holds the records of the most F1 world championship (with Michael Schumacher)

12008McLaren F1 Team5107198
22014Mercedes F1 Team111673384
32015Mercedes F1 Team1017111381
42017Mercedes F1 Team912110363
52018Mercedes F1 Team1117111408
62019Mercedes F1 Team111750413
72020Mercedes F1 Team1114100347

Lewis Hamilton Facts – Other F1 Records

  • He has raced in 313 F1 grand Prix’s
  • He has won 34.45% of the races he entered. This is the fourth best strike rate in Formula 1 history.
  • He has won 103 races.
  • He achieved second place in the world championships after his first year in F1.
  • He won the F1 championship in his second year, an unheard-of achievement.
  • He has been on pole position 104 times.
  • Even in his worst performing year (2022) his lowest championship position was only 6th place

He has achieved the following number of championship placings in his F1 career.

Number of Times
Score Achieved
First7 times
Second3 times
Third  0 times
Fourth4 times (includes 2023
season which is not
completed yet)
Fifth2 times
Sixth1 time

Lewis Hamilton Facts – F1 Score Summaries

YearTeamNumber of RacesNumber of PolesNumber of
Number of
PointsRace PointsChampionship Position
2007Vodafone McLaren17462121092nd
2008Vodafone McLaren1857110981st
2009Vodafone McLaren172405495th
2010Vodafone McLaren1931592404th
2011Vodafone McLaren1931362275th
2012Vodafone McLaren2047171904th

Which Race Was Lewis Hamilton’s Favorite?

Lewis has picked the 2021 Brazilian Grand Prix as his “best race ever”. He started from 10th place on the grid and charged forward to overhaul championship leader Max Verstappen for the win.

This achievement placed him back in contention for the drivers’ championship.

What Actually Occurred At The 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix?

The 2021 season finished with the promise of a massive duel between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.

Hamilton had won the previous two races (The Brazilian and Saudi Arabian Grands Prix) and drew level with Max on points. The finale was to be held over 58 laps of the 5.281-kilometre Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi

Max started on pole ahead of Lewis who was alongside in second position. Hamilton had a lightening quick start and pulled ahead of Max into the first corner. Max has the faster straight line speed and tried to overtake Lewis into turn six.

Lewis took evasive action and managed to hold onto the lead.

Max was aggrieved and questioned why Lewis had not been penalized.

After a pit stop found Lewis behind Sergio Perez, there seemed to be some danger – particularly as Max’s Mexican teammate was doing a great jib holding Lewis up.

The Mercedes demonstrated the pace that had won the Brazilian and Saudi Arabian Grand Prix and powered past.

On Lap 53 of the race, Nicholas Latifi crashed at Turn 14, which resulted in the Safety Car being deployed.

The time behind the safety car reduced Lewis’s 13-second lead over Verstappen. With the 5 cars of lapped traffic between the Lewis and Max, the British driver was safe from the Red Bull.

Max had used the safety car to pit for new tires (Hamilton was still on the hard tires).

Enter Michael Masi – Stage Left

The lapped cars were informed they wouldn’t be allowed to overtake the Safety Car and thus give Hamilton a crucial buffer over Verstappen.

Lewis Hamilton Facts - Michael Masi

On Lap 57, the race director Michael Masi broke the rules and allowed the five of the seven lapped cars to unlap themselves, which put Max in a position to have a free run at Hamilton.

The race restarted with just one lap remaining, and Max, on new tires was able to take the lead and become 2021 F1 world championship.

It was an unforgivable end to the season and race director Michael Masi paid with his career by being sacked. There are not many fans who disagree with that outcome.

This does not detract from Max’s amazing performance however I think that he would agree that it would have been better to win under other circumstances.

How Much Is Lewis Hamilton Worth?

Lewis is reputed to be worth $320 million and holds the record as the highest-paid British sportsperson.

Lewis Hamilton Age

Hamilton was born on 7 January 1985. This makes him Lewis is 38 years old at the time of writing.

How Old Was Lewis Hamilton When he Entered F1?

Hamilton’s talent was evident from his early days in racing. He was widely expected to win a Formula 1 race before he turned 25 by many betting agencies. He joined McLaren as a Formula 1 driver in 2007, when he was only 22 years old. 

The following year, he achieved a historic feat by becoming the youngest Formula 1 champion ever, at the age of 23 years and 300 days.

Is Lewis Hamilton in Cars 2?

Lewis has had a voice-over part in two Cars movies.

  • Cars 2 (2011)
  • Cars 3 (2017)
  • He also had a  part in the 2016 movie Zoolander 2.
  • Lewis is currently working on an F1 movie with Brad Pitt.

Facts About Lewis Hamilton Was He In F2?

Lewis Hamilton joined the GP2  circuit In 2006 and moved over to F1 in 2007

What Is Lewis Hamilton’s Nationality?

Lewis is British and, in 2022, was awarded Brazilian citizenship. He, therefore, has dual nationality.

Lewis Hamilton Facts – Is He Dating?

It seems that Lewis never truly got over Nichole Scherzinger because he has remained single since they broke up.

Which Watch Does Lewis Hamilton Wear?

Lewis Hamilton wears the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch.

Who was Lewis Hamilton’s Assistant?

Angela Cullen is Lewis ‘assistant, confidant, physio, motivator. He ascribes much of his success to Angela.

She provided physiotherapy, counseling, and a great ear to listen to when he needs it.

Angela left Lewis’s employ in the early part of 2023 to pursue new activities.

Why Did Lewis Hamilton Choose 44?

About Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton chose the number 44 in honor of his dad’s red Opel Cavalier, whose registration was F44.

Lewis Hamilton Facts – Religion?

He was born into a Catholic family. He has stated that he believes in  God, who has his hand on him.

Lewis has said that he prays every morning.

Are Lewis Hamilton And Max Verstappen Friends?

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen could never be called friends.

There is a noticeable animosity between the two rivers, which extends to the team principals (Toto Wolf and Christian Horner.)

Max is the only driver who has been a consistent competitor and matches his incredible skill level.

The debacle in Abu Dhabi in 2021 did not help the situation. If Max had not been allowed to move past the lapped cars, he would not have won the championship.

As bitterly disappointing and unfair as the F1 decision was that day, Louis still has the grace to congratulate Max.

Max is reputed to have said that he hated Louis in 2021.

One of the few benefits of the terrible season Mercedes has in the 2022 season is that it has taken some of the pressure off Max and Louis’s relationship.

Louis has maturity and wisdom on his side and has said that he always tries to look for reasons why people behave the way they do. This has allowed him to have a different take and be less hot-headed than Max.

Both drivers say that they respect each other’s driving ability.

Are Lewis Hamilton And Valtteri Bottas Friends?

Facts About Lewis Hamilton

Valtteri Bottas and Lewis have had an exceptionally good relationship during Valtteri’s time at Mercedes.

They worked as a harmonious team, and with Valtteri being less aggressive, it was easier for each to find their place in the team.

With Valtteri having moved to Alpha Romeo for the 2022 season and being able to find his feet as the senior driver, the relationship with Lewis has remained solid.

Are Lewis Hamilton And Daniel Ricciardo Friends?

Lewis has supported Daniel through the very difficult year that Daniel had in 2022.

Having lost his seat at McLaren in 2022, it was uncertain whether he would remain in the F1 paddock in 2023. While he doesn’t have a full-time driver seat, he is returning to Red Bull as their spare driver.

Louis has said that he hopes Daniel finds his way back to the grid in 2024.


Lewis Hamilton is a remarkable ambassador for F1 and life in general. He has a rigid personal discipline; he is afraid of no one when it comes to honestly speaking his mind, and he is gracious and kind to those who may be suffering or who are not as fortunate as him.

With his celebrity status and vast wealth, he has not lost the common touch and remains approachable and generous – Oh yes, he can also drive a car!



By Jonny Noble

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Jonny Noble I’m a dedicated F1 Writer – and I’ve Been One for Over Four Decades, I’ve been intimately immersed in the world of Formula One for more than 44 years. That’s longer than most professional commentators can boast! As an independent writer, I offer a unique perspective on the entire F1 landscape, free from biases that might cloud the discussion. We dive deep into the exhilarating, frustrating, and captivating facets of the F1 universe. So, regardless of my amateur status, one thing is undeniable: four decades of dedicated F1 fandom have forged strong opinions worth exploring!

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