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Lewis Hamilton, MBE, is a British Formula One driver, currently racing for Mercedes-AMG Petronas. In 2019 he won his sixth Formula One World Championship and is recognised as one of the sport’s all-time greats.
The son of an English mother and a father with Grenadian heritage, Lewis experienced a childhood many kids can relate to – he struggled with dyslexia and wasn’t sure where he belonged. He started racing go-karts at eight as a way to spend time with his dad. Showing incredible potential, he climbed the ladder at an unprecedented rate. Lewis had found his place in the world.
But Lewis’s roots and upbringing weren’t typical of the elitist world of F1, and as he continued his rise through ranks, he had to learn to embrace his role as an outsider. After blowing the competition off the grid in karting and the Formula 3 Euro Series, he progressed to the GP2 Series. It was here that his fearless rise to every challenge caught the eye of McLaren Mercedes, who gave him his ticket to the big time: Formula 1, the pinnacle of motor racing. Lewis made his Formula 1 debut aged just 22. He became the youngest World Championship leader during his rookie season, eventually finishing runner up. The following year he claimed the crown, becoming the youngest World Champion the sport has ever seen.
In 2013 he moved to Mercedes AMG F1 and alongside his 1,200 teammates returned the Silver Arrows to the top of the podium with his second and third World Championships in 2015 and 2016, equalling the record set by his childhood hero, the great Ayrton Senna. Still carrying a sense that his success could be snatched away at any moment, Lewis maintained his unrivalled focus on winning perfection. He went on to secure three more world titles to join the great Michael Schumacher as the only drivers with six or more world championship titles.
His willingness to embrace what makes him different has defined his outlook on life, The fearlessness, inspiration and positivity that drive him have been recognized by TIME Magazine, which included Lewis as one of the world’s ‘100 Most Influential People.’
His approach to life off the track is just as positive, as he constantly challenges himself to grow and seek inspiration from new places. Lewis has a deep passion for creativity and fashion, and as global brand ambassador for TOMMY HILFIGER co-created four TommyXLewis collections, which fuse his unique style with the American heritage of the TOMMY HILFIGER brand.
Looking to the future, Lewis sees himself continuing his work in fashion. Outside of Lewis’ collaborations with TOMMY HILFIGER, Lewis sits as Menswear Ambassador for The British Fashion Council, where he jointly oversees, supports and advises on key issues facing the British design industry. He has also become a highly sought after, front-row attendee at the world’s leading fashion shows, as well as top fashion events such as The Fashion Awards, The Met Gala and the CFDA Fashion Awards. Lewis has also appeared on the front covers of leading publications such as Esquire, L’Officiel, L’Uomo Vogue, ICON and Men’s Health, and was listed as one of Sports Illustrated’s ‘Fashionable 50 Icons’ in 2019.
Lewis also works with a number of charities and uses his profile and social media platforms to promote and support causes important to him, including a number of charities and organisations whose work focuses on social mobility. His against-the-odds rise to the top has also made him fiercely committed to unleashing potential in others, and in the next phase of his charitable work he will be helping young, disadvantaged people reach their goals.