1ST BLACK CHAMPION
Lewis Hamilton was a trailblazer in Formula One racing on a variety of different levels. He set the standard for rookies. In 2008, he became the highest-paid British sportsman when he signed with McLaren Mercedes with a huge multimillion dollar contract. He’s redefined what it is to be a Formula One Champion by age and race. He’s a role model for other children across the world to show that no matter who you are or where you come from, you can do what you set your mind to doing.
In 2012, Hamilton decided to move to the small Mediterranean country of Monaco. When he originally left the United Kingdom, he moved to Switzerland. He cited increased personal privacy and the taxation within the United Kingdom as the main reasons for his leaving his home country. He was highly scrutinized by British media for this move, but he did what he felt was right for him. He’s never been one to listen to what others had to say because if he had, he probably wouldn’t be where he is today. He’s the type of man that knows what he wants and isn’t afraid to go and get it.