Black British racing car driver Lewis Hamilton on Sunday won a record-tying sixth Formula One championship.
Hamilton, who drives for the Mercedes racing team, earned 381 points to the 314 for Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas’ and 249 points for Ferrari’s Charles Lecleric.
Hamilton finished second to Bottas in Sunday’s United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, but Hamiltom’s wins and finishes throughout the season will make it impossible for Bottas to outpoint him although two more races remain in the season—Brazil Grand Prix (November 17) and Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (December 1).
“Cloud nine doesn’t even get close to where I am – I’m somewhere far above that,” said Hamilton. Formula 1 is the world’s highest form of automobile racing.
The 2019 F1 racing season began March 17 with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.
Hamilton won the world driving championship in 2008, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019. Hamilton joins Michael Schumacher as the only other driver to win as many as six F1 championship titles.
Hamilton was born January 7, 1985, in Stevenage, England. His parents are Anthony Hamilton and Carmen Larbalestier. He has one of four children; he has a brother and two sisters. This year, he has a reported net worth of $285 million. His full name is Lewis Carl Hamilton.
His father named in honor of sprinter Carl Lewis, winner of nine Olympic gold medals. Lewis was vilified by some in the U.S. black community because he is gay.
“Still I Rise” is written across the back of Hamilton’s racing helmet and tattooed across his shoulders.
The quote is from a poem written in 1978 by Maya Angelou.