LEWIS HAMILTON was rumored to be changing his name before the season started.
The seven-time World Champion, 37, has declared he wants his mother’s surname Larbalestier to live on with him.
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.
At the Chinese Grand Prix in 2008, two weeks before he became a world champion for the first time, Larbalestier was seen embracing her son and his stepmother Linda.
And Hamilton’s mum shared another hug with him after he secured his fourth world title in Mexico in 2017.
The world champ also went to the trouble of holding a surprise 60th birthday party in London in 2015 – even getting Jessie J to sing at the bash.
Speaking about her break-up with Anthony, Carmen once revealed: “Lewis was the best thing to come out of my marriage. [The split] didn’t damage Lewis.
“He is probably better for it than if we had stuck together in an unhappy marriage.
“Tony wanted to be somebody and he has achieved that. I wanted the quiet life and that put a barrier between us. I couldn’t see myself in that busy, hectic lifestyle
“But I didn’t stop him making sure Lewis got what he wanted. Without his dad’s constant, constant work he would not have been able to continue.”
LINDA HAMILTON – Step-mum
AFTER his early years with his mum, Lewis moved to live with his dad and brother aged 12 – joining step-mum Linda.
Anthony had already been with Linda for two years – and she took an active role in raising Lewis before he moved in with her.
Linda was regularly spotted at races alongside Anthony, even after he was sacked as Lewis’ manager.
And she shared a sweet moment at the Chinese GP in 2008, when she hugged Lewis – along with his birth mum Carmen – following his victory just weeks before he sealed his first world crown.
Linda is the birth mum of Lewis’ half-brother, Nicolas.
NICOLAS HAMILTON – Half-brother
THE younger son born to Anthony, Nicolas lived with Lewis after he moved to join his dad and step-mum Linda aged 12.
Nicolas was born with cerebral palsy – a disease affecting movement and coordination.
However, he has never let that hold him back, with the 27-year-old also a racing driver.
Nicolas drives a modified car in the British Touring Car Championship – where he has started 36 races.
In 2015, he secured a deal with AmD Tuning to race an Audi S3 for five events in the BTCC – totalling 12 races – becoming the first-ever disabled driver to compete.
And earlier this year, he secured his first full-time gig, signing up to drive for Motorbase Performance.
As well as his two seasons in the BTCC, Hamilton also spent four years driving in the Renault Clio Cup UK and one in the European Touring Car Cup.
In 2016, he was briefly a part of Channel 4’s F1 coverage team.
NICOLA & SAMANTHA LOCKHART – Half-sisters
LEWIS’ two half-sisters are the product of mum Carmen’s second marriage.
Hamilton had lived with both Nicola and Samantha up until the age of 12, when he moved to live with his dad and half-brother.
The sisters remain relatively out of the spotlight but are thought to have grown up in Sandy, Bedfordshire with mum Carmen.
KAIDEN – Nephew
ON Christmas Day 2017, Kaiden went from unknown to a celebrity of his own after Hamilton’s lapse in judgement.
Hamilton slammed his nephew for wearing a purple and pink dress, sharing a clip on Instagram, saying: “I’m so sad right now.
“Why are you wearing a princess dress? Is this what you got for Christmas? Why did you ask for a princess dress for Christmas, boys don’t wear princess dresses!”
But Kaiden melted fans’ hearts as he simply pointed his wand at Lewis and giggled for the camera.
Hamilton later apologised for the insensitive post and went on to wear a kilt for GQ magazine, saying he wanted to “make amends”.
The F1 star posted: “I meant no harm and did not mean to offend anyone at all. I love that my nephew feels free to express himself as we all should.
“My deepest apologies for my behaviour as I realise it is really not acceptable for anyone, no matter where you are from, to marginalise or stereotype anyone.
“I have always been in support of anyone living their life exactly how they wish and I hope I can be forgiven for this lapse in judgement.