Lewis Hamilton celebrates with family and fans after winning Indy 500

Our photographer Nicolas Hamilton joined us at his brother’s U.S. motorsport career-defining win at the 2016 Indianapolis 500, and gave us an update on his career. Here’s a look back on one of the most exciting wins in auto racing history.

Lewis is the son of Sir Jackie Stewart, an iconic driver. He first started racing at age 11, and has excelled since his start. As a rookie in 2000, he won Formula Ford and then F1’s young driver championship the following year. In 2010, he took another young driver’s championship, and in 2011, he finished in the top five of a GP2 race to become the first Briton to do so.

But it was his feat in the 2015 Indianapolis 500 that came to define his career. In rain-soaked conditions, Lewis tried to stay out of trouble on the rain-soaked track, but made mistakes in the race’s first turns, and struggled to stay ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya. With more than half the race still to go, Lewis blew past Montoya, who the previous year had wrecked his own car, and clinched the victory. Just when it seemed like the rivalry between the two was going to be remembered for all the wrong reasons, it was almost simultaneously overshadowed by Lewis’s humility in embracing his share of the credit.

Lewis is currently competing for McLaren, whose ambitions to win the F1 championship again have been hamstrung by its financial troubles. An agreement was announced in late November to provide the team with its first acquisition of commercial revenue from a sponsor.

Speaking to our photographer Nicolas, Lewis also discussed his brother and his plans to get him a team for his second career.

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