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10 FACTS ABOUT LEWIS HAMILTON THAT YOU DIDN'T KNOW




1)BMW SNUB


There was a chance that Hamilton would've debuted in Formula One in 2004. After he had won the Formula 3 Bahrain Super Prix, the Williams team wanted to sign him to a contract, but there was a problem. BMW was the engine supplier for the team, and they refused to support him in his career.


2)2ND POSTION IN GRANDPRIX WINS OF ALL TIME

He's 2nd of all time in Grand Prix wins with 54. He only trails the great Michael Schumacher.





3)1ST BLACK CHAMPION

He's the first black Formula One Champion in the history of the sport. He set the standard for rookies.

4)MOST EXCELLENT ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE


In 2009, Lewis Hamilton was admitted into the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) by Queen Elizabeth II. This is an order of chivalry that has multiple levels, and the MBE is the introductory level. These honors are bestowed on British nationals and Commonwealth citizens that achieving significant honors in their representation of the United Kingdom.



5)BACK-TO-BACK CHAMPION


One of the hardest things to do in any sport is to repeat as champion.

In 2015, Lewis Hamilton would win the Formula One World Championship again.


6) 2014 BBC SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR



2014 would prove to be a groundbreaking year for Hamilton. That was the year he'd win his second World Championship in a season-long battle with his teammate Nico Rosberg and rack up an incredible resume. This would lead him to be named the 2014 BBC Sports Personality of the Year.



7)DISQUALIFICATION


Prior to the 2009 Australian Grand Prix, Hamilton was disqualified for giving misleading information at the stewards hearing before the race. It's something that Hamilton would later apologize for and learn from.


8)FORMULA 3 DEBUT


Lewis Hamilton made his debut in Formula 3 racing at the age of 16 in the British Formula Renault Winter Series.




9)2003 CHAMPIONSHIP

After making his Formula 3 debut, Hamilton would improve and make his way to the top of the sport faster than any driver had. At the age of 18, he won his first serious European championship by winning the Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship. He won this series with quite a points lead on all of the other drivers.


10) GOT HIS CONTRACT AT AGE 13


For most people, at 12 or 13, they're playing video games and dealing with the stresses that junior high school has to offer. This wasn't the case for Lewis Hamilton, who was doing things that most 12-year-old kids only dream of. At 12 (1997), Hamilton entered into the McLaren Mercedes young drivers program. This is where young prospects begin to learn the skills they need to push on to the next level and get behind the wheel of a true race car. At 13, he became the youngest driver ever to be contracted by a Formula One team.









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