Lewis Hamilton reveals the origin of his driver number – the number 44. The Briton says it dates back to his childhood.
Hamilton has used 44 in Formula 1 since 2014, when drivers were allowed to choose the numbers they want to put on their cars. Traditionally championship winning drivers would have the number 1 on their car in the year following their championship win, something Hamilton declines to do.
“Of course each year I start basically it’s a new fresh start for everyone,” said Hamilton.
“I always start with number 44 because that’s the number that I had on my go-kart when I was eight years old.
“It was my dad’s car registration number, F44, so each year it’s just a new chance to rise to the challenge.”