But it’s a long journey to the top of the motorsport world, with every aspiring Formula One driver starting out in karting before moving into the junior competitions.
Footage has emerged of Lewis Hamilton as a young child in go karting, it was clear then the ability he had and the potential he could fill if he kept at the sport.
The seven-time world champion has been entertaining us on track for way over a decade now, with his father a key aspect to our enjoyment of motorsport.
Anthony Hamilton took out a second mortgage, holding down up to four jobs at a time and emptied his life savings along with Lewis’ step mum’s savings to help him go for his dreams from as young as eight years old.
One year, the cost to get Hamilton into the karting scene as a young child was a staggering £20,000. It’s no surprise to see him with all his success giving back to young children with the same dreams he has from under privileged backgrounds.
He’s gone on to break most records in the book and has been knighted, Sir Lewis Hamilton has certainly repaid his dad’s faith in him a million times over!
When you see how good he was even then, it’s no shock to see why his dad had all that faith in his son, he was destined for greatness as early as then.
He was on the back of the race leader for a few laps of the circuit, with third place closing up as Hamilton attempted a pass in the clip that has resurfaced from his karting days. Even then he donned the famous yellow helmet!
From the outset it’s clear Hamilton had all the skills necessary to be one of the best, going on to win a record equalling seven world crowns and still being at his peak.
No one in the history of Formula One has more wins than Hamilton or more pole positions than the Brit. He also has the most points from any driver in the history of the sport.
Hamilton has won almost 10% (9.653%) of the total races in the history of the sport, conveying his domination at the top and also his longevity.