At the tender age of eight, Lewis sat in a kart for the first time and was immediately hooked. Lewis not only showed incredible pace on the track but also climbed the career ladder at an impressive rate. After he had blown the competition out of the water in every category of karting and won the McLaren Mercedes Champions of the Future series, McLaren Mercedes enrolled him in their young driver program in 1997. In 2001, he moved up into British Formula Renault, winning the title two years later. Lewis’ winning streak continued in the Formula 3 Euro series. This success immediately led to his promotion to the very pinnacle of motor racing - Formula One. Lewis made his Grand Prix debut with McLaren Mercedes in 2007. The numerous records set by Lewis in his rookie season highlighted his class - including the most race wins, pole positions and points scored in a debut season. At 23 years old Lewis captured his first FIA Formula One World Championship - taking the accolade of the youngest ever champion. After six successful seasons Lewis joined Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport for the 2013 season. In 2014 Lewis captured a second World Drivers’ Championship crown and repeated that feat in equally impressive fashion in the following year - equaling the great Ayrton Senna and Sir Jackie Stewart.
In 2016, Lewis scored the most race wins (10) and most pole positions (12). During the season Lewis reached new heights moving up to third on the all-time leaderboard in the podium (105) and pole position (61) categories. His win in Abu Dhabi was his 53rd F1 triumph overall, Lewis has thus overtaken four-time World Champion Alain Prost to become the second-most successful Formula One driver in race wins behind Michael Schumacher.
For 2017, Lewis came under intense pressure from Sebastian Vettel, trailing the Ferrari driver for the first part of the season before a stunning run of form catapulted him into the Championship lead at the Italian Grand Prix. Lewis secured his fourth World Title in Mexico with two rounds to spare. He ended the year with the most race wins (10) and pole positions (11) of any driver. Lewis continues to reach new heights in the Formula One hall of fame. By the end of 2017, he had moved into first place on the all-time pole positions leader board (72), as well as becoming the driver with the most front row starts (118). Having won four Drivers’ World Championships, Lewis is now joint-third (with Alain Prost and Sebastian Vettel) in the all-time list of World Titles, as well as Britain’s most successful Formula One driver.