Mercedes driver, Lewis Hamilton is on the verge of winning his 5th F1 world championship. Everyone knows that racers get into the sport and discover their passion for it at a young age.
For Hamilton, it was when he was six years old and his father had just bought him a radio controlled car.
He was soon racing it on the BBC’s Blue Peter – the first of three appearances on the show – before he started go-karting at Rye House Kart Circuit.
So impressive was Hamilton’s form that McLaren signed him, including an option of a future F1 seat in the contract, and rewarded him with funding to progress through the ranks.
In 2000, partnering Rosberg, he became European karting champion and a year later, he finished seventh in a exhibition karting event, four places behind seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher.
Hamilton claimed the Formula Renault title in 2003, and the following season Williams could have signed him only for their engine supplier BMW to pass up the chance. According to Patrick Head, co-founder of Williams, BMW said they didn’t have the budget to fund Hamilton so the team couldn’t sign him.
Onwards with McLaren backing, Hamilton won the Formula 3 Euro Series in 2005 and then the GP2 Series title the next season. Progress like that could not be overlooked. McLaren signed him for 2007, alongside reigning double world champion Fernando Alonso.
From then on, Hamilton has never looked back and continued to impress everyone with his talent.
Now, 1992 to 2018 is a long time and Lewis Hamilton has forged a strong path for himself. With a 5th title beckoning, he could very likely try and equal Michael Schumacher or even overtake him.
Whatever the case, he is certainly on course to try and overhaul Michael’s 91 wins. For now, he will be looking ahead to the US Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas. This is a track where he is in his element, so a 5th title is almost a foregone conclusion.