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Дебют във Формула 1 2007, Голяма награда на Австралия
Текущ отбор Макларън
Стартове в Гран При 19
Първа победа 2007, Голяма награда на Канада
Последна победа 2008, Голяма награда на Австралия
Общо места на подиума 13
Първи позиции 7
Най-бързи обиколки 2
Място за сезон 2008 1 (14 т.)
Общо точки 123
Луис Карл Хамилтън (на английски: Lewis Carl Hamilton) е британски автомобилен състезател, пилот от Формула 1 в тима на Водафон Макларън Мерцедес.
2 Състезателна кариера
2.2 Джуниър Формула
2.3 Формула 1
3 Външни препратки
Роден е на 7 януари 1985 година в град Хартфордшър, Англия. Родителите му емигрират във Великобритания от Карибския остров - Гренада. Кръстен е на легендарният лекоатлет Карл Луис.
Състезателна кариера [редактиране]
Започва да се занимава с картинг, когато е на 8 годишна възраст, като бързо привиква с управлението и започва да печели състезания и шампионати. Както повечето пилоти във Формула 1, и Луис Хамилтън започва кариерата си в състезания по картинг, като печели редица титли в тези надпревари – на 10 години печели британския шампионат по картинг, а в следващите няколко години добавя още четири титли към колекцията си. През 2000 година Хамилтън печели европейското и световното първенство по картинг и е обявен за най-добрия състезател за сезона на възраст от 15 години, с което става най-младият пилот, отличен с наградата.
Последователно преминава през следните класове:
„Кадет Джуниър Ямаха“ (1997)
„Джуниър Интернейшънъл“ (1998-1999)
„Формула А“ (2000)
„Британския клуб на пилотите“ го обявява за „Изгряваща звезда“ през 2000 година.
Джуниър Формула [редактиране]
Хамилтън започва своята състезателна кариера през 2001 година в „Британските зимни серии Рено“ (British Formula Renault Winter Series), завършвайки трети в класирането. През 2002 година се състезава във „Формула Рено UK“ за тима на „Manor Motorsport“. Отново завършва трети в генералното класиране, печелейки три победи и три Пол-Позишъна през годината. Състезава се за екипа на „Manor Motorsport“ четири години и печели 10 победи. През 2001 година той се състезава в зимните серии на Формула Рено, където завършва на пето място, през 2002 година участва във Формула Рено и в края на сезона се нарежда на трето място. Той остава във Формула Рено и през следващия сезон, когато печели титлата, осигурявайки си я цели два кръга преди края на надпреварата. През 2004 година, на 19-годишна възраст Хамилтън преминава във Формула 3 евросериите с екипа на Манор, а през следващата година печели надпреварата с тима на ASM.
Формула 1 [редактиране]
На 13-годишна възраст Хамилтън е включен в програмата за развитие на млади пилоти на Макларън и по този начин се превръща в най-младия състезател, който сключва договор с отбор от Формула 1. В началото на септември 2006 година, Рон Денис го обявява официално за втори пилот в тима за сезон 2007.
През сезон 2006 Хамилтън се състезава в сериите GP2, където с пет победи си осигурява първото място в крайното класиране. На 24 ноември 2006 година Макларън-Мерцедес официално обявява, че Луис Хамилтън ще се състезава за “Сребърните стрели” през 2007 година. Официалният му дебют е на 18 Март 2007 г. Той стартира от четвърта позиция и завършва трети на Гран при на Австралия на пистата Албърт парк. Именно през 2007 г. Хамилтън прави невероятно представяне, като в средата на сезона заема първо място при пилотите с 58 точки, 10 повече от съотборника си Фернандо Алонсо. В първите 10 състезания от 2007 г. винаги е бил сред първите трима. Първото състезание, което печели е на 10 Юни 2007 г. в Канада. Една седмица по-късно печели и състезанието на писта Индианаполис в САЩ.
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Araç # 22
Formula Bir Dünya Şampiyonası kariyeri
Katıldığı Yarış 27
Yarış Birincilikleri 8
Podyuma çıkma 0
Pole pozisyonu 0
Toplam Puan 167
En Hızlı Tur 10
İlk yarış 2007 Avustralya GP
İlk birincilik 2007 Kanada GP
Son birincilik 2008 Almanya GP
Son yarış 2008 Almanya GP
2007 pozisyonu 2. (109 puan)
Lewis Carl Hamilton (d. 7 Ocak 1985 Hertfordshire, Birleşik Krallık) Formula 1'de yarışan ilk siyâhi pilottur. 2006 yılında GP2 serisinde büyük başarı göstererek şampiyon olup ardından McLaren F1 Takımı'na transfer olmuştur.
Konu başlıkları [gizle]
1 Yarış Hayatı
2 Özel Hayatı
3 Yarış sezonu sonuçları
4 2007 Formula 1 Dereceleri
5 Dış bağlantılar
Yarış Hayatı [değiştir]Formula 1 kariyerinin ilk dokuz yarışında kürsüye çıkmayı başaran McLaren Mercedes takımının İngiliz pilotu Lewis Hamilton, Bahreyn Grand Prix'sinde elde ettiği ikincilik sonrası, ilk dokuz yarışında da podyuma çıkarak tarihe geçmiştir. Kanada ve Amerika Birleşik Devletleri Grand Prix'sinde birinci olarak Alonso'nun 10 puan üstüne çıkmayı başarmıştır. Formula 1 kariyerinin ilk yılında ikinci olarak büyük başarı göstermiştir.
Özel Hayatı [değiştir]Ülkesinde oldukça çapkın olarak bilinen Hamilton'un adı pek çok manken ve aktrisle anılmıştır. Amerikan Tabloid basınına göre 2007 yılının son aylarından beri ünlü şarkıcı Nicole Scherzinger'la birliktedir. İkilinin Mayıs ayında Monaco'da birlikte çekilen resimlerinden sonra bu iddia doğrulanmıştır.
Yarış sezonu sonuçları [değiştir]Sezon Seri Takım Adı No. Yarışlar Pol Galibiyet Puan Durum
2002 Formula Renault İngiltere Manor Motorsport 25 13 3 3 274 3.
2003 Formula Renault İngiltere Manor Motorsport 3 15 11 10 419 1.
2004 Formula 3 Euroseries Manor Motorsport 35 20 1 1 69 5.
2005 Formula 3 Euroseries ASM F3 6 20 11 15 172 1.
2006 GP2 ART Grand Prix 2 21 1 5 114 1.
2007 Formula 1 Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 2 17 6 4 109 2.
2007 Formula 1 Dereceleri [değiştir]Yıl Takım 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Takım Sıra Puan
2007 Vodafone McLaren Mercedes AUS
Yarış Dışı BRA
7 Vodafone Mclaren Mercedes 2. 109
2008 Vodafone McLaren Mercedes AUS
Yarış Dışı FRA
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1. 58
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This article is about the Formula One racing driver. For the football (soccer) player, see Lewis Hamilton (footballer).
Car # 22
Current team Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
Formula One World Championship career
Podium finishes 18
Pole positions 10
Career points 167
Fastest laps 2
First race 2007 Australian Grand Prix
First win 2007 Canadian Grand Prix
Latest win 2008 German Grand Prix
Latest race 2008 German Grand Prix
2007 position 2nd (109 points)
Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton (born 7 January 1985) is a British Formula One racing driver from England, currently racing for the McLaren Mercedes team.
Hamilton was named after the American sprinter Carl Lewis. At the age of ten, he approached McLaren team principal, Ron Dennis, at an awards ceremony and told him "I want to race for you one day."; less than three years later, he was signed by McLaren and Mercedes-Benz to their Young Driver Support Programme. After winning the British Formula Renault, European Formula Three and GP2 championship, he became a McLaren F1 driver for 2007, making his Formula One debut 12 years after his initial encounter with Dennis. Coming from a mixed-race background, with a black father and white mother, Hamilton is often labelled "the first black driver in Formula One".
In his first season in Formula One, Hamilton set numerous rookie records and finished second in the 2007 Formula One Championship, behind Kimi Räikkönen. He has stated that he wants to stay with the McLaren team for the rest of his F1 career.
1 Personal and early life
2.2 Formula Renault and Formula Three
2.4 Formula One
2.4.1 2007: McLaren
22.214.171.124 Team tensions
2.4.2 2008 Season
126.96.36.199 Racial taunts
4 Racing record
4.1 Career summary
4.2 Complete Formula One results
5.1 Written by Hamilton
5.2 Written by others
7 External links
 Personal and early life
Hamilton's mother, Carmen, is white British, whilst his paternal grandparents emigrated to the United Kingdom from Grenada in the 1950s. His grandfather ( Oliver Hamilton) worked on the London Underground. Hamilton's parents separated when he was two and he lived with his mother and half-sisters Nicola and Samantha. At twelve, he started living with his father, stepmother Linda and half-brother Nicholas who has cerebral palsy.
Hamilton's first taste of racing competition came at the controls of Halfords inc (ripspeed) radio-controlled cars. Father Anthony bought him one in 1991, and Hamilton finished second in the national BRCA championship the following year. Hamilton said of the time: "I was racing these remote-controlled cars and winning club championships against adults". That led to Hamilton sampling kart racing for the first time. Aged six, his father bought him his first go-kart as a Christmas present, and would support his racing career as long as he worked hard at school. When supporting his son became problematic Anthony Hamilton took redundancy as an IT Manager and became a contractor - sometimes doing up to three jobs at a time to support his son's career - and still found enough time to attend all his races. He would later set up his own computer company, as well as working as a manager for Hamilton on a full time basis.
Lewis Hamilton with Pedro de la Rosa (left), Paul di Resta and Bruno Spengler at Stars and Cars 2007Lewis Hamilton was educated at The John Henry Newman School, a voluntary aided Catholic secondary school in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. He extended his skills to football, playing in his school team alongside current Aston Villa and England international midfielder Ashley Young. Hamilton said that if Formula 1 had not worked for him he would have been a footballer or a cricketer, having played for his school teams as a youngster.
On October 29, 2007, Hamilton announced his intent to live in Switzerland, to get away from the media scrutiny he has experienced living in the United Kingdom. Hamilton mentioned on the television show Parkinson (broadcast on 10th November 2007), that taxation was 'partly' responsible for his decision, in addition to wanting more privacy. Other Formula One drivers, including world champions Michael Schumacher, Kimi Räikkönen and Fernando Alonso, also live in Switzerland.
On December 18, 2007, Hamilton was suspended from driving in France for a month after being caught speeding at 122 mph (196 km/h) on a French motorway. His Mercedes-Benz was also impounded.
He is currently dating Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger.
Hamilton began karting in 1993 at the age of eight, at the Rye House Kart Circuit and quickly began winning races and championships. At age ten, he approached McLaren F1 team boss Ron Dennis for an autograph, and told him, "Hi. I'm Lewis Hamilton. I won the British Championship and one day I want to be racing your cars." Dennis wrote in his autograph book, "Phone me in nine years, we'll sort something out then." Ron Dennis actually called him a few years later, after Lewis started winning championships.
From the Cadet ranks (1993-7), he progressed through the Junior Yamaha (1998) and Junior Intercontinental A (1999) divisions. In 1998 Dennis delivered on his promise and signed Hamilton to the McLaren driver development program. This contract included an option of a future F1 seat, making Hamilton the youngest ever driver to secure a contract which later resulted in an F1 drive.
"He's a quality driver, very strong and only 16. If he keeps this up I'm sure he will reach F1. It's something special to see a kid of his age out on the circuit. He's clearly got the right racing mentality."
Michael Schumacher, speaking about Hamilton in 2001.
Lewis Hamilton continued his progress in the Intercontinental A (1999), Formula A (2000) and Formula Super A (2001) ranks, and became European Champion in 2000 with maximum points. In Formula A and Formula Super A, racing for TeamMBM.com, his team mate was Nico Rosberg, who would later drive for the Williams team in Formula One. Following his karting successes, the British Racing Drivers' Club made him a ‘Rising Star’ Member in 2000.
In 2001 Michael Schumacher made a one-off return to karts and competed against Hamilton along with other future F1 drivers Vitantonio Liuzzi and Nico Rosberg. Hamilton ended the final seventh, four places behind Schumacher, and although the two saw little of each other on the track Schumacher praised the young Briton (see quote box).
 Formula Renault and Formula Three
Hamilton began his car racing career in the 2001 British Formula Renault Winter Series. Despite crashing on his third lap in the car in testing, he finished fifth overall in the winter series. and in the second he crashed out and was taken to hospital after a collision with his team-mate Tor Graves. He did show his speed at both the Macau and Korean Grands Prix. In the latter he qualified on pole position in his first visit to the track and in only his fourth F3 race.
At the beginning of 2004, Hamilton and McLaren had an argument, which resulted in McLaren temporarily dropping him. On the 2nd of March 2007, Williams announced that they came close to signing the young individual, but were refused the opportunity due to BMW, their engine supplier at the time, refusing to fund Hamilton's career . Hamilton eventually re-signed with McLaren, and made his debut with Manor in the 2004 Formula Three Euroseries. They won one race and Hamilton ended the year fifth in the championship. He also won the Bahrain F3 Superprix and raced one of the Macau F3 Grand Prix. Hamilton first tested for McLaren in late 2004, at Silverstone.
He moved to reigning Euroseries champions ASM for the 2005 season and dominated the championship, winning 15 of the 20 rounds after being disqualified from one win at Spa-Francorchamps on a technical infringement that caught out several other drivers.
After the season, British magazine Autosport featured him in their “Top 50 Drivers of 2005” issue, ranking Hamilton 24th. After his success in Formula Three, he moved to ASM's sister GP2 team ART Grand Prix for 2006. Just like their sister team in F3, ART were the class of the field and reigning champions having taken the 2005 GP2 crown with Nico Rosberg. Hamilton won the GP2 championship at his first attempt, beating Nelson Piquet, Jr.
His notable performances included a dominant win at the Nürburgring, despite serving a penalty for speeding in the pit lane. At his home race at Silverstone, supporting the British Grand Prix, Hamilton impressed by overtaking two rivals at Becketts, a series of high-speed (up to 150 mph in a GP2 car) bends where overtaking is rare. He demonstrated his overtaking prowess again in Istanbul, when he recovered from a spin that left him 18th to take second place in the final corners. He won the title in unusual circumstances, inheriting the final point he needed after Giorgio Pantano was stripped of fastest lap in the Monza feature race. In the sprint race though he finished second with Piquet sixth, finishing twelve points clear of his rival.
His 2006 GP2 championship coincided with a vacancy at McLaren following the departure of Juan Pablo Montoya to NASCAR and Kimi Räikkönen to Ferrari. After months of speculation on whether Hamilton, Pedro de la Rosa, Gary Paffett or former World Champion Mika Häkkinen would be paired with defending champion Fernando Alonso in 2007, Hamilton was confirmed as the team's second driver. He was told of McLaren’s decision on September 30, but the news was not made public until November 24, for fear that it would be overshadowed by Michael Schumacher’s retirement announcement.
 Formula One
 2007: McLaren
Hamilton won the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix; the first victory in his F1 career.It was announced prior to the start of the season that Lewis would be partnering defending double World Champion Fernando Alonso. Fernando had joined McLaren from Renault.
On his début at the Australian Grand Prix, he qualified fourth and finished third in the race, becoming the 13th driver to finish on the podium in their first F1 race (excluding those in the first ever World Championship round). In Bahrain, Hamilton got his first front-row start, qualifying and finishing second behind Felipe Massa. Hamilton again finished second behind Massa in the Spanish Grand Prix, to take the lead in the drivers championship. With that achievement, Hamilton surpassed Bruce McLaren to become the youngest driver to ever lead the world championship.
Hamilton finished second behind Alonso at Monaco and afterwards suggested he was prevented from racing his team mate. But the FIA cleared McLaren following an investigation (see below).
Hamilton scored the first pole position and victory of his F1 career in the Canadian Grand Prix at Montreal. He led most of the race despite the safety car being deployed four times. The win strengthened his championship challenge. A week later, Hamilton won the United States Grand Prix also from pole position, becoming the first Briton since John Watson in 1983 to win an F1 race in the US, and only the second person, after Jacques Villeneuve, to win more than one race in his rookie F1 season since the first year of the Championship.
Hamilton at the start of the French Grand Prix.By finishing third at Magny-Cours behind Ferrari drivers Kimi Räikkönen and Felipe Massa, Hamilton extended his lead in the Driver's Championship to 14 points. This was the first time in his F1 career he finished a race in a lower position than he started, and the first time he had been passed on the racetrack in Formula One. He took pole at his home Grand Prix at Silverstone and led the first 16 laps, but slipped to third, 40 seconds behind Räikkönen and Alonso.
During qualifying for the European Grand Prix, Hamilton crashed at the Schumacher chicane after a problem with the wheel nut air gun used on his car. He was taken to the circuit's medical centre on a stretcher with an oxygen mask and drip, but was conscious throughout. His Q3 time was surpassed by all other competitors, and thus he qualified in tenth position. After a final medical check on Sunday morning, Hamilton was cleared to race. During a heavy rainstorm which caused the race to be red-flagged, Hamilton slid off into a gravel trap. However as he kept his engine running he was lifted back on to the circuit and able rejoin the race after the restart. His ninth place finish in this race was his first non-podium and non-points finish, enabling title contenders Alonso and Massa to reduce Hamilton's championship lead.
Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix from pole position following a controversial qualifying session. Alonso had set the fastest time, but was relegated five places down the grid to sixth for preventing Hamilton to leave the pit lane in time to complete his final qualifying lap. Potentially preventing Lewis from claiming pole position. Kimi Räikkönen stayed within five seconds of Hamilton for the entire race (excluding pit stop periods). McLaren were docked any constructor's points earned during the race due to the incident in qualifying.
After declaring he had restored his relationship with Alonso, Hamilton qualified second in Turkey. After dropping to third at the first corner, Hamilton looked set for a podium finish with 15 laps remaining, but a right-front tyre puncture forced him to crawl back to the pits, leaving him to finish fifth meaning his championship lead was cut once more.
Hamilton took fourth place in Belgium.Alonso beat Hamilton in the Italian and Belgian Grands Prix, leaving the Briton with a two-point lead in the title race. However he extended his lead to 12 points after winning the Japanese Grand Prix in heavy rain, after Alonso crashed. Following the race Hamilton was investigated by the race stewards over his involvement in an incident behind the safety car, which saw both Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber crash out of the race while following the McLaren. The trio were cleared on the Friday of the Chinese Grand Prix weekend.
After securing pole position in China, Hamilton retired from the race which saw changeable weather conditions. He experienced considerable tyre wear, notably his right rear, and he ran wide into the gravel trap in the pitlane, where his car beached. This was Hamilton's first retirement of his Formula One career. It was later revealed that Bridgestone became unnerved at the glaringly worn tyres and advised McLaren to order him to make a pit stop which McLaren refused to do, believing it would be counterproductive. Hamilton himself couldn't tell the full extent of the tyre problem as raindrops were in his wing mirrors. Hamilton thus went into the final race of the season four and seven points ahead of Alonso and Räikkönen respectively.
In the Brazilian Grand Prix, he failed to finish in a championship-winning position, finishing the race in 7th overall after being in 18th place at his worst point of the race. This occurred due to two major incidents; first, he was passed by Räikkönen away from the line, before being boxed in by Massa and Räikkönen in the first corner and 'wrong-footed' by Räikkönen mid-corner. As a result, Hamilton was passed by Alonso at Turn 3. Hamilton attempted to re-pass Alonso in turn four, but ran wide, dropping four places to eighth.
On lap 9, Hamilton encountered a gearbox problem, which meant that he was stuck in neutral and could not select any gears. The gearbox became operational again after Hamilton switched settings on his steering wheel, but he lost 40 seconds while his car was coasting. For most of the race, Massa was leading the race with Räikkönen in second. If this was the case come the chequered flag and with Hamilton in 7th place, this would have meant that Hamilton would become world champion, but after their second round of pit stops, Räikkönen stayed out a couple of laps longer than Massa and took the lead. Once in front, Räikkönen made no mistakes in the remaining laps to win the race and become Formula One world champion.
Later on October 21, it was announced that the FIA were investigating BMW Sauber and Williams for fuel irregularities, the BMW drivers finished 5th and 6th, if they were to be excluded Hamilton would be promoted to 5th and would win the 2007 Drivers World Championship by one point over Räikkönen. A precedent had been set in 1995, Michael Schumacher, then of Benetton-Renault, and David Coulthard, then of Williams-Renault, were both found guilty of possessing illegal fuel in their cars. In that situation both drivers were initially docked drivers points, but for unspecified reasons it would transpire - over a week later - that constructor points would be docked. Ultimately, no penalty whatsoever was given to any team and it was said that there was "sufficient doubt as to render it inappropriate to impose a penalty", though McLaren have officially appealed this decision. Hamilton subsequently told the BBC he does not want to win an F1 title through the disqualifications of other drivers.
Hamilton has reportedly signed a multi-million pound contract with HarperCollins for his autobiography.
Ahead of the world championship finale, Hamilton answered a question about what it would mean to him to become the first black champion, saying: "It will show that not only white people can do it, but also black people, Indians, Japanese and Chinese. It will be good to mean something."
Having made few public remarks about his ethnicity since becoming an F1 driver, Hamilton added: "Outside of Formula One my heroes are foremost my father, then Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King. Being black is not a negative. It’s a positive, if anything, because I’m different. In the future it can open doors to different cultures and that is what motor sport is trying to do anyway."
 Team tensions
Hamilton on the top step of the podium after winning the 2007 United States Grand Prix. He is flanked by team-mate Fernando Alonso (left) and Felipe Massa (right).Hamilton's relationship with McLaren team boss Ron Dennis dates back to 1995. The first indication that Hamilton was unhappy with his team appeared after he finished second at Monaco. After post-race comments made by Hamilton which suggested he had been forced into a supporting role, the FIA initiated an inquiry to determine whether McLaren had broken rules by enforcing team orders. McLaren denied favouring double world champion Fernando Alonso, and the FIA subsequently vindicated the team, stating that: "McLaren were able to pursue an optimum team strategy because they had a substantial advantage over all other cars. They did nothing which could be described as interfering with the race result."
However, rivalry with team mate Alonso led to speculation that one of the pair would leave McLaren at the end of the 2007 season. Alonso and McLaren subsequently terminated their contract by mutual consent on November 2, 2007.
The tensions within the team surfaced at the 2007 Hungarian Grand Prix. During final qualifying for the race, Hamilton was involved in a controversy that saw McLaren and Alonso penalized after Hamilton was delayed in the pits and thus unable to set a final lap before the end of the session. McLaren pointed out that Hamilton had disobeyed an earlier instruction to let Alonso pass in qualifying. Alonso was relegated to 6th place on the grid, thus elevating Hamilton (who had originally qualified second) to first. Hamilton said he thought Alonso's penalty was "quite light if anything" and only regretted the loss of constructors' points. Hamilton was reported to have sworn at Dennis on the team radio following the incident. British motorsport journal Autosport claimed that this "[led] Dennis to throw his headphones on the pit wall in disgust (a gesture that was misinterpreted by many to be in reaction to Alonso's pole)". However McLaren later issued a statement on behalf of Hamilton which denied the use of any profanity. As a result of these events, the relationship between Hamilton and Alonso temporarily collapsed, with the pair not on speaking terms for a short period. In the aftermath it was reported that Hamilton had been targeted by Luca di Montezemolo regarding a Ferrari drive for 2008.
Following the stewards' investigation into the incident at the 2007 Japanese Grand Prix, Alonso insinuated that the verdict had settled the championship in Hamilton's favour, saying: "I’m not thinking of this championship anymore, it’s been decided off the track. The drivers’ briefing has no purpose. You go there to hear what Charlie Whiting and the other officials say. Twenty one drivers have an opinion, Charlie and the officials another, and so it’s like talking to a wall."
 2008 Season
Hamilton won the first race of 2008 in Melbourne.On December 14, 2007, it was confirmed that Heikki Kovalainen who drove for Renault in 2007 would drive the second car for McLaren-Mercedes for the 2008 Formula One season alongside Hamilton.
In January 2008, Hamilton signed a new 5-year multi-million pound contract to stay with McLaren-Mercedes until at least the end of the 2012 season.
Hamilton on the podium of the first race of 2008 in Melbourne.Hamilton won the first race of the 2008 season, the Australian Grand Prix, having qualified on pole. In the second race of the season, the Malaysian Grand Prix, he finished 5th after long duels with both Mark Webber and Jarno Trulli. He had been demoted to 9th on the grid, having qualified 4th, for impeding Heidfeld's flying lap. The third race of the year, the Bahrain Grand Prix did not start well for Hamilton as he had a crash in practice which destroyed his car. He raced with a spare chassis, and took 3rd in qualifying. In the race, after getting off to a bad start and crashing into the back of Alonso's Renault, he finished 13th, leading to him being overtaken in the drivers Championship by Kimi Räikkönen and Nick Heidfeld.
He got back on the podium at the Spanish Grand Prix, finishing third from fifth on the grid. 
Hamilton finished second in the Turkish Grand Prix on Sunday May 11th 2008. He said that this was his best race he had ever competed in. Two weeks later, he won the Monaco Grand Prix putting him in the lead of the championship.
He achieved his eighth career pole position at the Canadian Grand Prix. In the race, he crashed into the back of Räikkönen whilst the Finn was waiting at a red light at the end of the pit lane after failing to see the light. Both cars were forced to retire and Hamilton was given a 10 position grid penalty for the next race, the French Grand Prix, as a result of this incident. At that race, Hamilton overtook Sebastian Vettel at the chicane on lap 1 but missed the apex and was given a drive through penalty which he served on lap 13, finishing the race in 13th. Despite an error in qualfying that saw him start 4th on the grid, Hamilton went on to win the British Grand Prix in difficult, wet conditions. His performance was stated as being one of his best drives to date. Hamilton himself said in the post race press conference that it was his most difficult and most meaningful win.
In the next race at Hockenheim, Hamilton started from pole position, building up an 11 second lead over second-placed Felipe Massa early in the race. After stopping and re-emerging in the lead, McLaren then decided to keep Hamilton out on-track when the safety car was deployed mid-way through the race. When Hamilton finally pitted, he came out in fifth place, jumping to third after his team-mate let him by and Nick Heidfeld pitted. He then overtook Massa and Nelson Piquet Jr. for the lead, eventually winning by 9 seconds.
 Racial taunts
On February 4, 2008, Lewis Hamilton was verbally heckled and otherwise abused by spectators with racial taunts during pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya in Catalonia, where he became unpopular because of his rivalry with Spanish former team-mate Fernando Alonso. The FIA have warned the Spanish authorities about the repetition of such behaviour.  In reaction to this behaviour, the FIA announced on 13 February 2008 that it will launch a "Race Against Racism" campaign.
Hamilton has matched or set the following records in Formula One:
Most consecutive podiums from debut race: 9 - Australian GP 2007-British GP 2007, (previous record was 2 by Peter Arundell - Monaco GP 1964-Dutch GP 1964)
Most consecutive podiums for a British driver: 9 - Australian GP 2007-British GP 2007 (tied with Jim Clark - Belgian GP 1963-South African GP 1963)
Youngest driver to lead the World Championship: 22 years, 4 months, 8 days - at the Bahrain GP 2007 (Previous Record was 23 years, 7 months, 22 days by Fernando Alonso at the Malaysian GP 2005)
Most wins in a debut season: 4, Canadian, USA, Hungarian and Japanese GPs 2007 (equalling Jacques Villeneuve, European, British, Hungarian and Portuguese GPs 1996)
Most pole positions in a debut season: 6, Canadian, USA, British, Hungarian, Japanese and Chinese GPs 2007 (Previous record was 3 held jointly by Jacques Villeneuve (1996) and Juan Pablo Montoya (2001))
Hamilton is the first dual heritage black driver to compete in Formula One (although Willy T. Ribbs tested an F1 car in 1986) and the first driver of black heritage to win a major race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in any discipline. In addition, he is the third youngest driver to achieve an F1 pole position, and the fourteenth F1 driver to achieve a podium finish on his debut.
During the 2007 European Grand Prix at the Nürburgring, Hamilton became the first driver to have his car recovered by a crane and put back on the track during an F1 race, although several drivers have been pushed back onto the circuit by the marshals without mechanical aids when judged to be in a dangerous position, such as Michael Schumacher during the 2003 European Grand Prix. Since then, the FIA have now banned the use of mechanical assistance to help move a car back onto the track, and thus he will likely now go down in the record books for being the last, too.
Lewis Hamilton's contract for the McLaren driver development program made him the youngest ever driver to secure a contract which later resulted in an F1 drive.
 Racing record
 Career summary
Season Series Team Name No. Races Poles Wins Pts Final Placing
2000 World Formula A Championship TeamMBM.com (CRG/Parilla) 1 0 n/a DNF
European Formula A Championship TeamMBM.com (CRG/Parilla) 9 5 75 1st
Formula A World Cup TeamMBM.com (CRG/Parilla) 1 1 n/a 1st
2001 Formula Super A World Championship TeamMBM.com (Parolin/Parilla) 15 10 0 0 28 15th
2002 Formula Renault UK Manor Motorsport 25 13 3 3 274 3rd
2003 Formula Renault UK Manor Motorsport 3 15 11 10 419 1st
2004 Formula 3 Euroseries Manor Motorsport 35 20 1 1 69 5th
2005 Formula 3 Euroseries ASM Formule 3 6 20 11 15 172 1st
2006 GP2 Series ART Grand Prix 2 21 1 5 114 1st
2007 Formula One Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 2 17 6 4 109 2nd
2008 Formula One Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 22 10 4 4 58* 1st*
* Season in progress.
 Complete Formula One results
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)
Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 WDC Points
McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-22 Mercedes FO 108T 2.4 V8 AUS
7 2nd 109
McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-23 Mercedes FO 108V 2.4 V8 AUS
1 HUN EUR BEL ITA SIN JPN CHN BRA 1st* 58*
* Season in progress.