Lewis Hamilton Reveals When he Really Realised F1 Could be a Career Despite McLaren Tie Up

Published 08/25/2021, 12:56 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 15, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during a promotional photoshoot for the unveiling of the new 2022 F1 car REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge


F1’s recent video on why the grid chose their professions will surely give its viewers goosebumps. The drivers explained when they realized the fast life was for them. Reigning champion Lewis Hamilton revealed the age that he decided F1 is his calling, and it may be a bit later than we expected.

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“I was probably something like 15, 16 when I realized it could be a career; if I take all the right steps, maybe I’ll get there.” While others attributed the feeling to being something they were born for, or a profession that’s in their blood, Hamilton’s eureka moment seems a bit late.

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Although, Hamilton admits, “I wanted to be a Formula 1 driver when I was five.” The dream became a reality with time. Nonetheless, Hamilton started his F1 career with a bang, something that hasn’t lost its momentum to this day.

Lewis Hamilton – the greatest of our time

Hamilton’s debut race with McLaren in Australia saw him standing on the podium- a rare sight, but a telling picture of the rookie’s future. He scored 9 consecutive podiums at the start of his rookie season, making him a force to reckon with. The 7-time champion missed out on the title by a single point in his debut year.

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The first of many Hamilton bagged his first title in 2008. He filled 7-time world champion, Michael Schumacher’s boots at Mercedes, doing more than justice to his predecessor. Since then, Hamilton has broken innumerable records and is looking to add one more to the list this season- taking the title home for the eighth time.

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 9, 2021 Winner Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium REUTERS/Albert Gea TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

The turbo-hybrid era has been under his reign from the beginning. The Mercedes– Hamilton pairing proved to be exemplary. Even today, under the threat by Max Verstappen, Lewis has been calm, the aura surrounding a confident title-holder. What started as a five-year-old’s dream has become the story of a legend.

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While the Dutchman is giving him a hard time staying on the top, will Lewis hold on to his position and become the driver with the most GP victories?

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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