Lewis Hamilton Explains How a ‘Bumper Car’ Kick-Started His Famous F1 Trait

Published 09/28/2021, 10:58 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 17, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton reacts after sprint qualifying REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge


Seven-time F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton is definitely one of the greatest, if not the greatest name in the sport of Formula One. With 99 Race wins and 7 world championships to his name, he has made a name for himself in the sport.

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Leading up to the Russian Grand Prix, Lewis sat down with Petronas Motorsports and revealed the moment in his childhood when he picked up a crucial technique that helped him achieve heights that most can only dream of.

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Lewis Hamilton reveals his favorite childhood memory

Currently in a neck-to-neck fight with Red Bull driver Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton took some wholesome questions about his childhood during the Q&A session. He was asked about his favorite childhood memory, something that gives him goosebumps when he thinks about it.

Lewis replied, “I think my favorite memory is when we went on my first holiday when I was five. And we went to Ibiza, my dad, and my stepmom.

Picking up an F1 racing technique from bumper cars

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We found this kind of little bumper car thing on the seaside where you had these, you put these tokens in and there was like a bumper car with a bumper around it, but it was a shape of all the different Formula One car. So, I was driving around in this thing. They couldn’t get me off of it.

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And it was then that Lewis says he picked up a braking technique that helped him later on in his career.
And I Remember that day picking up this braking technique. There are only, like, three corners, it was a really small track, but that braking technique that I had that day was the braking technique I used for my whole karting career. And part of what I’m known for is being a late braker so that’s the most memorable.

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BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – AUGUST 01: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes AMG Petronas looks on in parc ferme after finishing third in the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on August 01, 2021, in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton didn’t have an easy road into Formula One. At a point in time, his father was working 4 jobs at a time, to fund his karting career. However, none of that hard work went in vain. Hamilton has made sure we remember his name forever as one of the Greatest of All Time.

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Riddhi Mondal

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Riddhi Mondal is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. Having previously worked as a student reporter at The Statesman, she is an ardent follower of all things F1. A nerd through and through, the complicated physics that goes into the cars is what drew Riddhi to the sport.

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