Nicolas Hamilton

Nicolas Hamilton

  • Inspirational Speaker - Driven to Inspire
  • Lewis Hamilton's Brother
  • Motoracing Driver

When Nicolas was only 18 months old his parents were told that he would never walk and that his eyesight was extremely poor and would deteriorate as he got older, but the determination of the person that Nicolas is has proved the doctors wrong.

After years of hard work and dedication in overcoming his condition from wheelchair bound to walking unaided by the age of 17, Nicolas’ parents decided to agree to his request to be allowed to race. He was given the opportunity to race in the highly competitive Renault Clio Cup series in 2011.

This naturally was a baptism of fire given that this would be his first attempt at motorsport with no previous experience. However, Nicolas faced the challenges with the same dedication and determination that his disability presents to him on a daily basis, proved himself against a field of able-bodied drivers and showed the world of motorsport that a disabled driver can be just as competitive in an able-bodied sport, through hard work.

In 2015, Nicolas became the first disabled athlete to compete in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) and inspires both disabled and able-bodied individuals worldwide to show that pushing to better yourself regardless of your life situation is possible. 2019 saw Nicolas returning to the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) racing with Motorbase Performance and continuing his inspiring journey to achieve his goals in motorsport.

In February 2020, Nicolas was confirmed as the fourth Team HARD driver in a Volkswagen CC and in Round 2 of the championship, at Brands Hatch, Nicolas scored his first ever BTCC points finish, a massive achievement from wheelchair bound, to BTCC points finisher.

Fast-forward to 2023, Nicolas scores a career best finish in Round 1 of the Championship at Donington Park, finishing P6 and smashing his own personal record and further raising the bar for disability in the ‘top-flight’ of British motorsport.

From a wheelchair user to motorsport history maker and record breaker. Something which was always seen as impossible has been completely proven.

The Speaker

Born with Cerebral Palsy, which affects the movement of his leg muscles, Nicolas was initially a wheelchair user. He endured years of gruelling, painful training so that by the age of 17 he could walk completely unaided. A huge achievement in itself, but this was just the first part of his unwavering determination to become a professional racing driver.

Nicolas was told as a child that he would never walk due to his cerebral palsy and would spend his life reliant on a wheelchair. Not one to be told he cannot do things, with determination and gruelling training he not only walked unaided, but he started to realise his dream: to be a racing driver. In a notoriously competitive and tough sport, Nicolas has established himself as a potential future champion, an achievement in any context, but even more so for someone who was told as a child that he would never walk. As well as racing Nicolas is focused on sharing his inspirational story and his belief that your ambition is limited only by your attitude. Delivered in his genuine, down-to-earth, friendly manner, Nicolas’ keynotes recount his personal story of motivation, facing down challenges and overcoming adversity as well the lessons in teamwork that his sport has instilled.

To book Nicolas for your next event, please call 020 3500 3331 or email

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