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Sir Lewis Hamilton Seen in Amazing BBC Archive Video as a 12 Year Old Hopeful of Driving in Formula One
- It appears that Lewis Hamilton was always destined for greatness, judging by his drive from a young age
- Footage has emerged of a 12-year-old Hamilton stating he wanted to become the first black driver in Formula One
- The amazing footage came out of BBC Archive going dating back to 1997 in a segment titled Black Britain
Sir Lewis Hamilton was always destined for greatness.
A 12-year-old Hamilton had dreams of becoming a Formula One driver, eventually becoming the joint-record seven-time world champion alongside Michael Schumacher.
Amazing footage from BBC Archive in 1997 showed him participating in driving competitions, as his career started on an upward trajectory.
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The young Hamilton said:
"The reason I want to be a Formula One driver is because it has got a lot of speed in it. When I went to Belgium, I saw the actual speed they are doing; it was amazing, because you don't actually think about it when you are watching the TV."
The 12-year-old added that although his car felt powerful when he was behind the wheel, he could only imagine what piloting a Formula One vehicle would be like.
Making an appearance in the video is his father Anthony and younger brother Nick. Anthony was his manager and chief mechanic at the time.
Hamilton would then go on to make his debut in F1 with McLaren in 2007.
Hamilton on hostile crowd reception
A hostile crowd greeted Lewis Hamilton over the weekend at the Mexico Grand Prix, which left the legendary driver bemused.
The Briton climbed to P2 and almost reminded fans of his battle with Verstappen of last season. However, the Red Bull driver extended his dominance to win the race.
Mercedes' tyre strategy proved too costly, with Hamilton opting to start with medium tyres while Verstappen went with the soft tyre. The decision backfired, as Verstappen ended up opening a 15-second gap on the seven-time winner.