Why Is Lewis Hamilton Nicknamed the Billion Dollar Man?

The Mercedes luminary holds the record for winning most Grand Prix and joint-most world championships. He has won 103 Grand Prix, secured a record 103 poles, and finished on the podium a record 182 times. The Briton entered the scene in the 2007 F1 season for the Surrey-based outfit alongside double world champ Fernando Alonso.

Hamilton piloted his Mclaren to a 3rd place finish in his debut race in Australia. He cruised to his maiden victory in the Canadian GP, the 6th race of his career. The 22-year-old ended up with back-to-back podium finishes in his first 9 races.

Hamilton finished a close second to Kimi Raikkonen in 2007, ahead of Alonso. Expectations were high that he would become the youngest world champion, which he did the following year.

In his formative years, the British media already buzzed him as the best sportsperson in the UK. He was expected to be the first sports star to make a billion-dollar fortune for himself, therefore earning him the nickname.


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