LEWIS HAMILTON officially holds the record for most Formula 1 victories after taking first place in the Portuguese Grand Prix.
The 35-year-old British star stormed to victory to bring his winning streak to a staggering 92 – one before legend Michael Schumacher.
But it’s not just on the track that Hamilton made headlines during his illustrious career.
Hamilton has been dating a number of famous faces over the years – or they’re rumored to have been with them – including Nicole Scherzinger, whom he dated repeatedly between 2007 and 2015.
He’s also made headlines for his lifestyle over the years, such as urging fans to go vegan.
However, a constant in his life has been his family, some of whom have been there since he was a go-karting boy, to make him one of the greatest F1 racing drivers to ever set foot in a cockpit.
Here we take a closer look at the Hamilton family …
ANTHONY HAMILTON – Papa
HAMILTON’S dad Anthony is one of the main reasons the Stevenage-born star raced in the first place.
He bought Lewis his first remote-controlled car when he was just six years old – and his first go-kart for Christmas when he was seven years old.
Anthony would help Lewis enter the world of go-karting, where he worked his way up to Formula Super A-Star for seven years from the Rye House Kart Circuit in Hertforshire.
Hamilton Snr was Lewis’ manager throughout his racing career until 2010 when he was ruthlessly fired.
Two weeks before the start of the F1 season, Lewis downplayed the incident, saying, “Dad will miss being here, but I’ve taken the break.
“He has to focus on other things and I don’t want my father to be my manager anymore.”
However, Anthony later revealed the true extent of the drama, admitting, “He thought, ‘Do you know which father? I’m sick of listening to you. ‘
“He decided he wanted to be his own man. I felt comfortable with it. ”
Anthony later suggested Lewis withheld a £ 3 million payment he had promised him as a thank you for his 18 years of service.
He revealed, “It just never happened. I am comfortable with it. It’s none of my business. If he says he will do something and he doesn’t, that is his loss. ”
Anthony was married to Hamilton’s mother, Carmen Larbalestier, but the couple separated when Lewis was just two years old.
CARMEN LARBALESTIER – Mother
WHILE Anthony was seen at almost every race in Lewis’ career in the early days, Mother Carmen was always an elusive figure in the racing driver’s life.
But Lewis actually enjoyed more of his formative years with his birth mother.
The F1 superstar was raised by his mother until he was 12 years old – along with half-sisters Nicola and Samantha.
He then moved in with father Anthony, stepmother Linda and his half-brother Nicolas.
While Carmen wasn’t a regular at Lewis’ races – she was always there for the big moments – the couple is said to have an excellent relationship.
At the 2008 Chinese Grand Prix, two weeks before he became world champion for the first time, larbal animals hugged their son and stepmother Linda.
And Hamilton’s mother hugged him again after he secured his fourth world title in Mexico in 2017.
The world champion also bothered to hold a surprise 60th birthday party in London in 2015 – and even got Jessie J to sing at the bash.
When Carmen spoke about her breakup with Anthony, she once said: “Lewis was the best thing that came out of my marriage. [The split] didn’t harm Lewis.
“He’s probably better for it than if we’d stuck together in an unhappy marriage.
“Tony wanted to be someone and he achieved that. I wanted the quiet life and that was a barrier between us. I couldn’t see myself in this busy, hectic lifestyle.
“But I didn’t stop him from making sure Lewis got what he wanted. Without the constant work of his father he could not have continued. ”
LINDA HAMILTON – stepmother
After his early years with his mother, Lewis moved in with his father and brother at the age of 12 and joined stepmother Linda.
Anthony had been with Linda for two years – and she played an active role in raising Lewis before he moved in with her.
Linda was seen regularly racing alongside Anthony, even after he was fired as Lewis’ manager.
And she shared a sweet moment at the 2008 Chinese GP when she hugged Lewis – along with his birth mother Carmen – after his victory, just weeks before he sealed his first world crown.
Linda is the birth mother of Lewis’ half-brother Nicolas.
NICOLAS HAMILTON – half-brother
Nicolas, the younger son of Anthony, lived with Lewis after moving in with his father and stepmother Linda at the age of 12.
Nicolas was born with cerebral palsy – a disease that affects movement and coordination.
But that never stopped him, the 27-year-old is also a racing driver.
Nicolas drives a modified car in the British Touring Car Championship – where he has started 36 races.
In 2015, he signed a contract with AmD Tuning to drive an Audi S3 for five races in the BTCC – a total of 12 races – making him the first disabled driver to take part in a competition.
At the beginning of this year he secured his first full-time appearance and signed up for Motorbase Performance.
In addition to his two seasons in the BTCC, Hamilton drove four years in the Renault Clio Cup UK and one in the European Touring Car Cup.
In 2016 he was briefly part of Channel 4’s F1 reporting team.
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NICOLA & SAMANTHA LOCKHART – half sisters
The two half-sisters of LEWIS are the result of the second marriage of mother Carmen.
Hamilton had lived with Nicola and Samantha until he was 12 when he moved in with his father and half-brother.
The sisters remain relatively out of the spotlight but are believed to have grown up with mother Carmen in Sandy, Bedfordshire.
KAIDEN – nephew
On Christmas Day 2017, Kaiden went from being unknown to becoming a celebrity after Hamilton’s loss of judgment.
Hamilton slammed his nephew for wearing a purple and pink dress, shared a clip on Instagram, and said, “I’m so sad right now.
“Why are you wearing a princess dress? Do you have that for christmas Why did you ask for a princess dress for Christmas, boys don’t wear princess dresses! ”
But Kaiden melted the hearts of the fans when he simply pointed his wand at Lewis and giggled in front of the camera.
Hamilton later apologized for the insensitive post and wore a kilt for GQ magazine. He said he wanted to “make amends”.
The F1 star wrote: “I meant no harm and didn’t mean to offend anyone. I love that my nephew feels free to express himself as we all should. ”
“I apologize deeply for my behavior as I know that it is not acceptable to anyone, no matter where you are from, to marginalize or stereotype someone.
“I’ve always supported someone who lives their life exactly the way they want it to be, and I hope that I can be forgiven for this misjudgment.”
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