Black sports history fact #29

Lewis Hamilton has achieved worldwide fame as the first and only Black Formula One race car driver. The British driver has more wins on the F1 circuit than anyone else from his country, and is poised to dominate for years to come.

Born Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton on January 7, 1985, the future speedster was born in the town of Stevenage located in the county of Hertfordshire, England. Hamilton, who is of mixed parentage, was named after American track star Carl Lewis by his Black Grenadian father.

Hamilton’s interest in racing was piqued when he was a boy after his father introduced him to competitive remote control car racing. With a natural knack for speed and winning, Hamilton began racing in a youth go-kart league. When he was just 10-years-old, he approached McLaren F1 chief Ron Harris after winning a karting championship and told him that he’d like to race for him one day.




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