Benedict Cumberbatch interviews Malaysian Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton [VIDEO]

Benedict Cumberbatch interviews Malaysian Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton [VIDEO]

March 30 (UPI) -- Lewis Hamilton won the race with a 17.3-second lead over Nico Rosberg.
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Nicole Scherzinger gets engaged to Lewis Hamilton

Nicole Scherzinger gets engaged to Lewis Hamilton

March 17 (UPI) -- Nicole Scherzinger and Lewis Hamilton are getting married.
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Nicole Scherzinger lands $4.5M record deal, rings in 2014 with ex Lewis Hamilton

Nicole Scherzinger lands $4.5M record deal, rings in 2014 with ex Lewis Hamilton

Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Nicole Scherzinger got a double-dose of good cheer to ring in 2014.
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Jimmie Johnson earns sixth Sprint Cup championship

Jimmie Johnson earns sixth Sprint Cup championship

HOMESTEAD, Fla., Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Jimmie Johnson's ninth-place finish Sunday at the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 garnered him his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.

Sebastian Vettel takes U.S. Grand Prix for 8th straight win

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Sebastian Vettel set a Formula One record with his eighth straight victory in a single season Sunday, cruising to a triumph at the United States Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel captures Grand Prix of U.S. pole position

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel won the pole for the United States Grand Prix in Saturday's qualifying laps at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
Nicole Scherzinger 'just friends' with Lewis Hamilton

Nicole Scherzinger 'just friends' with Lewis Hamilton

Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Nicole Scherzinger poured cold water over rumors she and ex Lewis Hamilton were rekindling their relationship.
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Webber claims pole for Abu Dhabi Grand Prix over Vettel

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Sebastian Vettel narrowly missed winning the pole position for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix during Saturday's qualifying laps.

Vettel wins again in India, takes Formula 1 drviers' title

GREATER NOIDA, India, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Sebastian Vettel locked up a fourth consecutive Formula 1 drivers' title Sunday by winning the Indian Grand Prix by nearly 30 seconds.

Vettel wins pole for Indian Grand Prix

GREATER NOIDA, India, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull will make his bid to clinch the Formula One season title from the pole position at Sunday's Indian Grand Prix.

Vettel near drivers' title after win at Japanese Grand Prix

SUZAKA, Japan, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Sebastian Vettel won his fifth consecutive Formula 1 race, taking the Japanese Grand Prix by 7 seconds Sunday and neared another drivers' championship.

Mark Webber claims Japanese Grand Prix pole position

SUZUKA, Japan, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Mark Webber claimed his first Formula One pole in a year Saturday during qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Vettel nears Formula 1 title after win at Korean Grand Prix

YEONGAM, South Korea, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Sebastian Vettel on Sunday won his third consecutive Korean Grand Prix and moved close to locking up a fourth straight Formula 1 drivers' championship.

Sebastian Vettel takes pole position for Korean Grand Prix

YEONGAM, South Korea, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel claimed his sixth pole of the season Saturday, edging Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes in 's qualifying for the Korean Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel wins Singapore Grand Prix

SINGAPORE, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Sebastian Vettel drove a masterful race Sunday in winning the Singapore Grand Prix for his seventh Formula One victory this year.
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Lewis Hamilton
British Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton attends a signing of his autobiography "My Story" at Waterstone's, Piccadilly in London on November 5, 2007. (UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad)

Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton MBE (born 7 January 1985) is a British Formula One racing driver from England, currently racing for the McLaren team, and was the 2008 Formula One World Champion.

Hamilton was born in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. In December 1995, at the age of ten, he approached McLaren team principal Ron Dennis at the Autosport Awards ceremony and told him, "I want to race for you one day ... I want to race for McLaren." Less than three years later McLaren and Mercedes-Benz signed him to their Young Driver Support Programme. After winning the British Formula Renault, Formula Three Euroseries, and GP2 championships on his way up the racing career ladder, he drove for McLaren in 2007, making his Formula One debut 12 years after his initial encounter with Dennis. Coming from a mixed-race background, with a black father and white mother, Hamilton is often labelled "the first black driver in Formula One".

In his first season in Formula One, Hamilton set numerous records, while finishing second in the 2007 Formula One Championship, just one point behind Kimi Räikkönen. He won the World Championship the following season, ahead of Felipe Massa by the same margin of a single point. Clinching the crown thanks to passing the dry tyre-shod Timo Glock in the wet on the final lap, to take the necessary fifth position. Following that, prestigious motorsport weekly Autosport dubbed him as Last Lap Lewis. He has stated he wants to stay with the McLaren team for the rest of his F1 career.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Lewis Hamilton."
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