AHEAD of a new F1 season, Lewis Hamilton is planning to change his name.
The seven-time World Champion, 37, has declared he wants his mother’s surname Larbalestier to live on with him.
Though the seven-time world champion has insisted that the name change will come too soon for this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix.
Hamilton, whose parents Anthony and Carmen divorced when he was just two, has questioned why women lose their surname after they become married.
Speaking onstage at the 2022 Dubai Expo, he said: “It would mean the world to my family [to win an eighth title].
“It would mean a lot to me knowing that, for example, I am really proud of my family’s name, Hamilton.
“Actually none of you might know that my mum’s [sur]name is Larbalestier. And I’m just about to put that in my name.
“Because I don’t really fully understand the whole idea of why, when people get married, the woman loses her name.
“I really want her name to continue on with the Hamilton name.”
The one constant in Hamilton’s life has been his family, some of whom have been there from his go-karting youth to see him become one of the greatest F1 racers to ever set foot in a cockpit.
Here we take a closer look at the Hamilton family…
ANTHONY HAMILTON – Dad
HAMILTON’S dad, Anthony, is a major reason the Stevenage-born star even got into racing.
He bought Lewis his first remote-controlled car when he was just six-years-old – and his first go-kart for Christmas when he was seven.
Anthony would help Lewis break into the world of go-karting, where he spent seven years working his way from the Rye House Kart Circuit in Hertforshire to Formula Super A stardom.
Hamilton Snr was Lewis’ manager throughout his racing career up until 2010, when he was ruthlessly sacked.
Two weeks before the F1 season started, Lewis downplayed the incident, saying: “Dad will miss being here, but it was me who initiated the break.
“He’s got other things to focus on, and I don’t want my dad being my manager anymore.”
However, Anthony later revealed the true extent of the drama, admitting: “He thought, ‘Do you know what dad? I am fed up listening to you’.
“He decided he wanted to be his own man. I was comfortable with that.”
Anthony later suggested Lewis had withheld a £3million payment he’d promised him as a ‘thank you’ for his 18 years of service.
He revealed: “It just never happened. I am comfortable with it. It’s not my business. If he says he’s going to do something and he doesn’t that’s his loss.”
Anthony was married to Hamilton’s mum, Carmen Larbalestier, but the pair separated when Lewis was just two-years-old.
CARMEN LARBALESTIER – Mum
WHILE Anthony was seen at almost every race of Lewis’ career in the early days, mum Carmen was always a more elusive figure in the racer’s life.
But Lewis actually enjoyed more of his formative years living with his biological mum.
The F1 superstar was raised by his mum until he was 12-years-old – along with half-sisters Nicola and Samantha.
He then moved to live with dad Anthony, step-mother Linda and his half-brother Nicolas.
While Carmen hasn’t been a regular at Lewis’ races – she has always been there for the big moments – with the pair said to enjoy an excellent relationship.