Lewis Hamilton Recalls Family’s Reaction After Hearing His ‘Far-Fetched’ F1 Dream

Published 07/13/2021, 9:40 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 1, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


When people hear the name Lewis Hamilton, they think of a 7-time world champion, but not many people see the journey, the Knight has been on to make it to Formula One.

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The 36-year-old stated how far-fetched it was when he told his family that he wanted to be an F1 driver. However, his hard work and determination saw him achieve his dream of not just being in the sport but to dominate it as he won seven world championships.

Hamilton explains how his family reacted to his dream of being an F1 driver

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In an interview with the BBC, he was asked by a school kid how his family responded to his dream. Hamilton stated about his journey and how watching Grand Prix racing inspired him to be an F1 driver.

He said “So I wanted to be a racing driver from the age of five or six years old. So I knew that’s what I wanted to, as we are watching Grand Prix. At that time, of course, it was such a far-fetched dream. But it was a big dream.”

Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Styria, Austria – June 26, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during practice REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

“I started racing when I was eight years old. So that was when the beginning of that journey,” Hamilton concluded.

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Can Lewis Hamilton bounce back at his home race?

The Mercedes driver hasn’t won a race since the Spanish Grand Prix and currently is in second place in the driver’s standings behind Max Verstappen. As he prepares for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, he is hoping to have the edge over this title rival.

Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 20, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during the race REUTERS/Yves Herman

As it stands Hamilton has 150 points under his belt in the title race, while Verstappen has 182. Hamilton knows he will have to bring his A-game to the tenth round of the championship this weekend if he wants to bridge the 32-point gap to the Red Bull prodigy.

Can Lewis find his winning mojo and take on Verstappen around Silverstone; bringing joy to his fellow British fans? Let us know your predictions for the 7-times world champion for the upcoming weekend in the comments section below.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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