Lewis Hamilton — world’s greatest sportsman?

Lewis Hamilton in Malaysia in 2016  (photo by Morio)

Lewis Hamilton in Malaysia in 2016. (photo by Morio)

Lewis Hamilton moved a step closer to his fourth Formula 1 world championship on Sunday when he won the United States Grand Prix in Austin Texas, coming home ahead of his nearest title rival Sebastian Vettel. The 32-year-old Briton, who started from a record 72nd pole position, recovered quickly after briefly losing his advantage at the start to regain the lead and steer his Mercedes to his ninth win this year, his fifth in Texas and the 62nd of his career, leading almost all the way. Coming from a mixed background, with a black father and white mother, Hamilton is the first and only black driver to race in Formula One.

“What a beautiful day,” said Hamilton, interviewed on the podium by multiple Olympic sprint champion and 8-time Olympic Gold medalist Usain Bolt. “I love this track and I think it is now my favourite.” After the interview, Hamilton did “The Bolt” pose with Usain, who gave Hamilton a souvenir pair of his spikke shoes. The two had been around the track at extreme speeds the previous day for fun with Lewis dring and Usain praying.

Hamilton was presented the championship trophy by Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States. Hamilton’s race car, the Silver Arrow, bears the number 44, the same as the number of President Barack Obama. Hamilton’s victory, with Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas finishing fifth, confirmed the team as constructors champions for 2017 and for the fourth consecutive season. The team employs 1,500 workers in two factories to make and maintain their cars.

“4 years in a row!! I’m so proud of our Team’s achievement today,” he posted for his over 4 million Facebook followers. “The challenge from our rivals demands us to relentlessly push harder and grow together as a team. I am proud to work with the most passionate, talented and dedicated people I’ve met. There are 3 more races to go this Season and our hard work continues next week in Mexico…”

If Hamilton wins or finishes anywhere in the top five in Mexico City Sunday, October 29, he will be world champion again. Watch live on free TV, NBC, WSMV Channel 4.1 in Nashville; coverage begins at 1:30 pm with F1 Countdown, the race begins at 2:00 and should conclude shortly before 4:00 pm (barring extensive accidents and extreme weather delays), with F1 Extra from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. The F1 2017 Champinhip series continues with the Brazilian GP Sun, Nov 12 on NBCS at 10:00 AM, ; and the finale in Abu Dhabi on Sun, Nov 26, 7:00 AM, also on NBCS. Hamilton won all three of them last year as well.

Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton, MBE (Member of the British Order), born January 7, 1985, is a British racing driver who races in Formula One for the Mercedes AMG Petronas team. A three-time Formula One World Champion, he is often considered the best driver of his generation and widely regarded as one of the greatest Formula One drivers in the history of the sport.

He won his first World Championship title with McLaren in 2008 before being wooed to Mercedes, where he won back-to-back titles in 2014 and 2015. Hamilton has more race victories than any other British driver in the history of Formula One (62), and holds records for the all-time most career points (2,578), the most wins at different circuits (24), the all-time most pole positions (72), as well as achieving the joint-most podium finishes in a season (17).

Born and raised in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, Hamilton’s interest in racing started when his father bought him a radio-controlled car when he was six. He was signed to McLaren’s young driver support programme in 1998, three years after he had approached McLaren team principal Ron Dennis at an awards ceremony and said “One day I want to be racing your cars.”

After winning the British Formula Renault, Formula Three Euroseries, and GP2 championships on his way up the racing career ladder, he made his Formula One debut twelve years after his initial encounter with Dennis, driving for McLaren in 2007, the youngest driver to sign a contract with Formula One. He ended up becoming the youngest champion and maintained this title until 2015.

Lewis Hamilton belongs to a mixed ethnicity: a black father and white mother. His parents separated while he was still a young kid. He used to live with his biological mother in childhood and was raised as a Roman Catholic. Anthony Hamilton (not the singer) is the father of Lewis Hamilton. Lewis’ biological mother is Carmen Labralestier and his step-mother is Linda Hamilton (not the actress). Lewis has two half-sisters, Nicola and Samantha Lockhart. Lewis’s half-brother Nicolas Hamilton, born March 28, 1992, is also a professional race car driver since 2011.

In 2009, Lewis Hamilton was awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) title by Queen Elizabeth II in the New Year Honors. He was also presented a Madame Tussad’s waxwork in his racing suit at London the same year. In 2014, he was named the most marketable sportsman in the world. He had a net worth of $280 million in the year 2015. He was ranked #11 among the highest paid athletes in the world in 2016. He has an eye for art and is also famous for his choice of different helmets during the race.