by Frederick H. Lowe
Lewis Carl Hamilton (pictured), the only black driver on the Formula 1 circuit, bolted into the lead this weekend for the world drivers’ championship after winning, his seventh victory so far this season.
Hamilton, a black Englishman who drives for Mercedes, defeated Sebastian Vettel, who finished second and Daniel Ricciardo, who finished third.
Hamilton started from the pole position and he drove the fastest lap. The race was held Sunday on the Marina Bay Street Circuit.
Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate and rival, Nico Rosberg of Germany, did not finish the race because of his car’s mechanical problems. Both men drive for Red Bull Racing.
The victory gave Hamilton a three-point lead over Rosberg for the world drivers’ championship, which Hamilton won in 2008. Hamilton has racked up 241 points to Rosberg’s 238 points with five races remaining in the Formula 1 season. Upcoming races are the Japanese Grand Prix on October 5, the Russian Grand Prix on October 12, the U.S. Grand Prix on November 2, the Brazilian Grand Prix on November 9 and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on November 23.
There are 19 races in the Formula 1 season, the world’s most-expensive sport, and Hamilton has won seven of them, including the Grand Prix races in Malaysia, Bahrain, China, Spain, Great Britain and Italy.
The 29 year-old Hamilton, who is from Stevenage, the United Kingdom, is named in honor of Carl Lewis, the U.S. Olympic Gold Medal winner in track and field.