Lewis Hamilton is undoubtedly one of the most popular Formula 1 stars. With multiple records under his belt and a total of seven World Championships, he has certainly etched his name among the all-time greats of the sport. He made his debut in 2007 with McLaren and was impressive from Day 1. In 2008, he won his first World Championship, thus declaring his talent to the world.
In 2013, he moved to Mercedes, a midfield team at that time. But the team’s fortunes were quickly overturned come the 2014 season. From 2014 to 2020, Lewis Hamilton dominated extensively, only losing the 2016 season championship to his teammate at the time, Nico Rosberg.
Lewis Hamilton: Stats and Championships
Being fast and consistent has helped him get where he is right now: seven World Championships and 99 race victories. With 101 pole positions and counting, he holds the all-time record for the highest pole positions in Formula One, ahead of second-place Michael Schumacher with 68.
His debut season in 2007 earned him a lot of accolades: Most Wins in a Debut Season (4), Most Pole Positions in a Debut Season (6), Most Points in a Debut Season (109), Most Consecutive Podium Positions from Debut (9) and the Youngest Driver to Lead the Championship (achieved at the 2007 Spanish Grand Prix). His 2019 championship run saw him finish with 413 points, a world record for the most points by a driver in a season. Further, with 347 points, he earned the 2020 world championship, equaling Schumacher’s record of seven.
Lewis Hamilton’s 2021 Net Worth
Naturally, a talent like Hamilton does not come cheap. In 2o18, he signed a two-year contract extension with the team, giving him a base salary of $30 million, with bonuses pushing it to over $50 million (according to Forbes) per annum for 2019 and 2020. Forbes estimated him at $54 million as of May 2020, which consists of $12 million from endorsements alone. His career earnings make his net worth close to $285 million.
In February 2021, the Billion Dollar Man signed an unusual 1-year contract with Mercedes for the 2021 season and is on course to earning a base salary of $55M. What’s more, later that year, Hamilton also signed a new 2-year contract with the Brackley outfit, securing him a drive in F1 until the end of 2023. However, Hamilton’s salary dropped by quite a margin, with the numbers reportedly around $41M.