Fresh off his second World Championship in 2014 at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton has long proven himself a force to be reckoned with on the track. He started racing remote controlled cars as a child before eventually moving to kart racing. By the time he was 10, he had secured two British kart racing championships, and didn’t show any signs of slowing down. By 1998, at the age of 13, he was asked to join the Mercedes-Benz/McLaren Young Driver Support Program. It was a move that would prove valuable to securing his racing career. In 2007, Hamilton made his Formula 1 debut finishing second overall, but not before smashing numerous records in the process. Hamilton showed off his natural skills as he beat then reigning Italian champion, Fernando Alonso, in equally matched cars. The next year, Hamilton won his first Formula 1 World Championship.
Currently, Hamilton is focusing on bringing home his third World Championship, with the current Formula 1 season upon us. Lewis has finished first in the opening five races this season, placing him ahead with 111 points. Given the nickname 'Il Fenomeno' in Italy, the statement has proven true over the years showcasing his raw talent and split second decision making skills. But all great drivers have their weaknesses. Though it seems like these times are behind him, he has been marred by instances ranging from misleading Motorsport Marshals, to conflicts both on and off the track with Williams-Martini Racing driver, Felipe Massa, starting in May 2011. He and Hamilton collided six times that season, prompting race officials to site Hamilton for penalties he caused. The two buried the hatchet the same year in November.
Hamilton is a great talent, and I don’t think anyone is denying that. If he is willing to consistently work to become better, combined with his natural talent, there’s no stopping him.
The next Formula 1 Grand Prix race takes place in the always stunning Monaco Sunday, May 25th, in what has been described by many as the hardest track in the circuit. Keep up to date with all things in the 2015 World Formula 1 Championship here.
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