Today marks a momentous occasion for two-time and now reigning Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton: the Englishman turns 30.
Hamilton has, unsurprisingly, sent a message of thanks to his loyal fans on social media.
His Mercedes AMG Petronas team has also expressed thanks themselves in a message they’ve posted.
Meanwhile Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate, Nico Rosberg, took the opportunity to be cheeky and perhaps get in a playful jab in advance of the 2015 season.
Let the games begin.
As for Hamilton, he has a pretty good record for having two World Championships before he turned 30.
It’s a feat that has occurred more recently than not over the last 20 years.
Sebastian Vettel reeled off his string of four in a row after turning 26; Fernando Alonso went back-to-backy by 25.
Jenson Button was 29 when he won his first and thus far only World Championship in 2009. Michael Schumacher had two under his belt by 26 in 1995; Mika Hakkinen was north of 30 for both his first and second titles in succession in 1998 and 1999.
Prior to that, Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Nelson Piquet and Niki Lauda – the World Champions dating back to Hamilton’s birth year of 1985 – were all either in their 30s or late 20s at time of title. So the younger champion trend has occurred more recently than it used to.