Lewis Hamilton by Mark Hughes

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No driver has ever made such an instant impact on the sport of F1 racing as Lewis Hamilton. The first black grand prix driver, his astonishing level of success in his rookie season together with his swash-buckling, attacking style has created a sensation. It has also been a central factor in the most exciting and controversial season of F1 in living memory as Hamilton was involved in a three-way fight for the world crown. Industrial espionage, claims of team favouritism and some stunning on-track action have peppered Hamilton's first season in the sport's top category.Here is the in-depth story of this phenomenon - from his upbringing on a Stevenage council estate to the day he first sat in a kart as a seven-year-old to his sensational challenge on the world title. Friends, colleagues, team-mates, rivals, chaperones and engineers who have worked with him here give some remarkable insights into Lewis the man and the driver, as well as into the close but complex relationship with father Anthony, the man who has largely steered his career. In the process, we see how F1 success has changed this young man's life in a very short space of time.

About Mark Hughes

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Mark Hughes is recognised as one of Formula One's top journalists and his reports and columns for Autosport magazine have won him wide acclaim. He numbers ITV and Martin Brundle among his clients. He has written a number of books on F1, one of which won the 2005 Illustrated Sports Book of the Year. In the words of Motor Sport magazine: 'None have so effectively combined a passion for and understanding of the human and technical sides of the sport, viewed the political machinations with such wry, subversive humour and informed us so well as to how this affects what happens on the track. He's our own beatnik Kerouac taking the best bits from the journalistic greats and raising the bar for everyone.'
Published November 8, 2007 by Icon Books Ltd. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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A no-frills rundown of Hamilton's career from boy racer in 60cc kids' kart to boy racer Formula One world champion in multimillion, mega-mechanised Maclaren.

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