Six world titles have followed and Hamilton has created one of the most successful legacies in the sport’s long history.
Now in the latter stages of his career, and with Mercedes out of form this season, there are many questions pertaining to Hamilton’s future.
Retirement in a year or so could be a real possibility, but there have been ideas that he could seek one last new adventure before bowing out of the sport.
The Stevenage-native publicly revealed he was a Ferrari fan as a child, thus being linked with the Italian constructors for many years.
However, he has ruled out a move and vowed to see out the rest of his days with his current base of operations.
“Of course it would be nice to race for Ferrari during my career, but things happen for a reason,” Hamilton told Corriere della Sera, after indicating he had the word “loyalty” tattooed.
“Mercedes is my family. I will always be a Mercedes driver, just like Stirling Moss.”
Despite Mercedes’ recent misfortune, Hamilton has every belief that his team will be fighting at the front of the grid again sometime in the near future.
“I’ve been with these guys for 10 years,” he continued.
“I know how they work and the type of culture – the processes, we win and we lose together. They are highly motivated, they will give their souls to bring us back up.
“Of course I believe [he can win a history-making eighth world title]. It is not just a question of records, of sporting titles. I want to win to carry out all the behind-the-scenes work for equality. F1 is no longer what it used to be – they set up the garages, we raced and then we went home. Now it is a source of inspiration, it helps to form opinions.”