Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Two Mothers Cheering Lewis to Be World Champion; Mothers' Boy: Lewis Hamilton, Far Left, His Stepmother Linda, Middle Left, with Carmen, and the Three Hugging after His Chinese Grand Prix Victory. Right: Lewis as a 15-Year-Old Schoolboy

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Two Mothers Cheering Lewis to Be World Champion; Mothers' Boy: Lewis Hamilton, Far Left, His Stepmother Linda, Middle Left, with Carmen, and the Three Hugging after His Chinese Grand Prix Victory. Right: Lewis as a 15-Year-Old Schoolboy

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Byline: KIRAN RANDHAWA, JACK LEFLEY

IF LEWIS HAMILTON makes history by becoming the youngest driver ever to win the Formula One world championship this weekend he will be crowned in front of a united family once riven by a bitter split.

The 23-year-old Briton, who would also become the first black man to win the title, only has to finish fifth in his McLaren at the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday.

He will be under immense pressure at the Interlagos track at Sao Paulo, where he faces home hero Felipe Massa and the 100,000 supporters expected to be cheering on the Brazilian.

But at least he will have the joint support of his mother, Carmen Lockhart, and stepmother Linda, who have already flown out to be with him. They will join Lewis's father, Anthony, and his stepbrother Nicholas, 15, who suffers from cerebral palsy, at trackside. A victory on the grandest stage in front of his family would be an unlikely end to a journey that began in a council house in Stevenage.

For many years Hamilton was dogged with speculation about a rift with his mother he rarely speaks publicly about her with rumours of furious rows between her and his father.

Mrs Lockhart now lives in Sandy, Bedfordshire, refuses interviews and did not attend her son's Formula One debut in Australia in March last year, saying she could not afford the air fare. Instead she tried and failed to win tickets through a local radio station.

But she made it to this month's China Grand Prix, where she and his stepmother were brought together in an emotional embrace by Hamilton after his latest win. Both women played key roles in his success, which began when he was six years old and his father bought him a go-kart for Christmas.

Hamilton said: "Just having my dad, my mum, my brother and Linda there for me is far greater than the support of 100,000 people in a stadium.

"Without my family, I wouldn't be able to do anything. I owe everything to them.

My dad for pushing me, and helping me with decisions. My mum, my two mums, for being so supportive, for raising me and for giving me direction. And my brother who's never ever doubted me. …

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