Lewis Hamilton: Black F1 Driver That Rocks!

Black really rocks! Like this Formula 1 newcomer and driver for the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 team, Lewis Hamilton. Although his skin is not that dark, Hamilton is considered as the first black driver to join the Formula 1 Grand Prix.

When McLaren Mercedes officially signed him as the second driver for the team last November 2006, Hamilton said in the press: “It’s a dream come true. To be racing in Formula 1 with McLaren has been the ultimate goal for me since I was very young and this opportunity is a fantastic way to end what has been the best year for me. I have grown up with McLaren and Mercedes and wouldn’t be where I am today without their continued support and guidance. However I’m aware that this will be a challenge and I know that there will be a lot of attention on me. However the team has told me just to relax, do the best I can and enjoy the opportunity. I will work hard to get good results.”

Speaking of “good results”, as Hamilton told the press, during his F1 debut at the at the 2007 Australian Grand Prix, Hamilton obtained the 4th spot during the qualifying round and impressively finished third in the race. Since then, Hamilton continued to dominate the F1 race with his 5 podium finishes in his 5 races.

Check out below for the other information, achievements, and trivia about Lewis Hamilton.

  • Hamilton began karting in 1993 at the age of 8, and quickly began winning races and championships
  • At age 11, Hamilton approached Ron Dennis, team principal of the McLaren Formula One team and told him that, “I’m going to race for you one day…I’m going to race for McLaren”. And in 1998, McLaren signed him for the driver development support programme, making 13-year-old Hamilton the youngest ever driver to secure a F1 contract. (wow!)
  • Hamilton had his first test in a McLaren F1 car in December
  • Autosport, one of the leading British sports magazine featured Hamilton in their “Top 50 Drivers of 2005” issue. He was ranked 24th
  • Hamilton surpassed Bruce McLaren to become the youngest driver to ever lead the world championship
  • Lewis was widely praised by the British media and Frank Williams describing him as “superhuman”
  • Triple world champions Jackie Stewart and Niki Lauda have speculated that he could win the 2007 championship
  • McLaren CEO Martin Whitmarsh has said that he has the potential to become the greatest F1 driver ever

Now that you already know about Lewis Hamilton, it is now time to check your European auto parts for damages (like Merkur oxygen sensor) and replace them with new ones if necessary.


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