Lewis Hamilton’s Educational Background: How Well-Educated is McLaren’s Star Racer?

A driver for the Mercedes AMG Petronas team, Lewis Hamilton is widely regarded as one of the best Formula One racers. In addition to winning three world championships, Hamilton emerged victorious from the British Formula Renault,  the Formula Three Euroseries, and the GP2. Over the entirety of his professional career, he’s earned over 2,200 career points. When not circling the tracks at blistering speeds, Lewis donates time to organizations like UNICEF, nurturing his own budding music career, and indulging his love of fine art.  Before he ever sat behind the steering wheel of a McLaren, however, Lewis was just a young Brit with dreams of thick-walled racing tires.

Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton came into the world on January 7th of 1985. His parents, Carmen Larbalestier and Anthony Hamilton, separated when he was only two years old. As a result, the young boy spent much of his youth torn between his parents and a plethora of half siblings. However, that did not make his childhood unpleasant. While he learned to appreciate racing with a remote-controlled car, much of his education took place at the John Henry Newman School. Founded in 1987, this Roman Catholic primary schools educates approximately 1500 students between the ages of 11 and 18.  However, his focus was not solely on his education.  By the age of 10, Hamilton had already won his first British Karting Championship, met his future boss, and centered his sights on a future racing career.

After finishing his program at John Henry Newman, Lewis Hamilton enrolled in Cambridge’s school of Arts and Sciences (CATS). This private boarding school gives students a chance to learn the classical subjects at university cities, such as Cambridge, Canterbury, Boston, and London.  It’s a school known for its rigorous academics. As Lewis moved directly into his professional racing career after graduating from CATS, it’s unclear just how his time there might impact his future success.  He has expressed no interest in furthering his education.








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