What is Lewis Hamilton’s net worth, what did he say about his hometown Stevenage and what’s his F1 team?

LEWIS Hamilton is Britain's most successful Formula One driver of all time.

Here's everything you need to know about his net worth, racing career and more…

 Lewis Hamilton is the most successful British Formula One driver

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Lewis Hamilton is the most successful British Formula One driver

How old is Lewis Hamilton? What's his net worth? 

Lewis Hamilton, 33, was born in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.

At the age of 10 the promising go-karter from the John Henry Newman School in his hometown approached McLaren team principal Ron Dennis at the Autosport Awards ceremony and told him: "I want to race for you one day."

Less than three years later McLaren and Mercedes-Benz signed him to their Young Driver Support Programme.

Today the racing star has a reported net worth of £218 million – in 2017 he made The Times Rich List for the first time.

 Lewis Hamilton takes to the podium at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 2018

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Lewis Hamilton takes to the podium at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 2018

What did Lewis Hamilton say about his hometown Stevenage?

In December 2018 Hamilton angered people from his hometown of Stevenage when he referred to it as a "slum."

During an interview on stage at the SPOTY awards he told Gaby Logan: "It's been a really long journey, a dream for us all, as a family, to do something different, to get out of the slums.

"Well, we would say it's not the slums, but just come out from somewhere and do something. We all set our goals very high but we did it as a team."

Sharon Taylor, the leader of Stevenage borough council said it was “disappointing” and people felt “very offended” by what Hamilton had said.

Hamilton relocated to Switzerland in 2007 and then Monaco in 2010 – partly due to tax reasons.

What happened at Lewis Hamilton's debut F1 season?

Hamilton's Formula One debut came in 2007 and that season he won four races and secured six poles.

Amazingly, he made the podium in his first nine races and outperformed champion team mate Fernando Alonso.

He was actually title-favourite until errors in final two rounds dropped him to second place behind Kimi Raikkonen.

 Hamilton is the first British driver to win back to back World titles 

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Hamilton is the first British driver to win back to back World titles 

How many times has Lewis been Formula One world champion?

Hamilton has been world champion five times – in 2008, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018.

In 2008, aged 23, he became the youngest ever world champion after five wins and a further five podiums took him to the title by a single point.

2014 saw him enjoy Mercedes F1 W05 Hybrid's dominance, taking 11 wins en route to his second world title. Team-mate Rosberg pushed him all the way with the championship only decided in the final race.

In 2017 he won the Mexican Grand Prix and defended his title again in 2018.

He's the first British driver to win back to back titles.

What sponsorship deals does Lewis Hamilton have?

In 2014, Lewis was named the most marketable sportsman in the world.

He currently has personal sponsorship deals with Bombardier, L'Oreal, Bose, Puma, Monster Energy Drinks and watchmaker IWC.

Combined the deals earn him an estimated £7 million a year.

This figure is expected to rise as he branches out into collaborations with fashion brands such as Tommy Hilfiger and Christina Aguilera.

Lewis Hamilton claims hometown of Stevenage is a SLUM​ at ​Sports Personality of the Year​​

LEWIS Hamilton is Britain's most successful Formula One driver of all time.