Won third British Grand Prix
Was voted Sports Personality of the Year by the BBC
Won second Formula One World Championship
Landed a voice-over role as himself in "Cars 2"
Won first Formula One World Championship
Prior to his Formula One racing career, Lewis was an accomplished go-kart racer. At the age of 15 he became one of the youngest Karting World Champions in history.
Hamilton also played soccer as a teenager and has often said that if his racing career never panned out he would have tried to become a professional soccer player.
"Formula 1 is dangerous. People have died in this sport. A serious crash happened last year, which has left a great young lad seriously injured. So I stay strong with my faith. I’ve come from nowhere. I feel really blessed to be here. I think there’s a reason I’m here." -- from Men's Health, May 8, 2015