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Lewis Hamilton

A star is born

Lewis Hamilton
Born: 7/1/85
Nationality: English
First GP: Australia 2007
Wins: 9
2007 position: 2nd
Previous teams: N/A

Lewis Hamilton has had his battles with "second season syndrome" in 2008, but eventually overcame them to become the youngest world champion in history.

The Englishman set the sporting world on fire with the greatest debut Grand Prix season in history last year.

But many drivers find they are treading water in their second year as they delve deeper into F1's complexities.

Hamilton drew on a rare talent to see him through his troubles and is destined to become an all-time great.

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