Although he was only a test driver, Willy Ribbs is credited as the first Black man to drive in F1 in 1986, but Lewis Hamilton holds the distinction of being the first to race in a season.
He started his racing career at the age of 8, after his dad bought him his first go-kart at 6 years old. At the age of 10, he approached McLaren team boss Ron Dennis and told him that one day, he wanted to race for him. After winning his second British championship and Super One series, Dennis signed Hamilton in 1998, making hims the youngest driver to secure a contract which would result him racing in F1. After winning titles in the Bahrain Superprix and GP2, he was promoted to F1 and came second in the 2008 World Championship in his rookie season. He won the 2009 Championship in his second season and since then, his lowest finished in a Championship season has been 5th. After winning the first ever Sochi GrandPrix today, he is joint with Aryton Senna for 19 fastest laps, and tied with Nigel Mansell for the most wins for a British driver (31). With 3 races to go in the 2014 season, Hamilton can add to the records and success he has enjoyed in his career so far. He is also the fastest F1 driver on Top Gears’ Star in a Reasonably Priced Car.
Plus his girlfriend is FINE…