Lewis Hamilton: “I try to always believe I can get to the front”

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Lewis Hamilton explains how the difficulties he experienced as a young go kart driver help him stay motivated and positive in difficult races.

In an interview with Good Housekeeping Lewis Hamilton talked about his belief in himself and his start in karting.

“I definitely always thought that I could drive,” the Briton said.

“As a boy, I used to sit in the middle seat in the back of the car and watch my dad shifting gears and steering – and I knew that’s what I wanted to do.

“I couldn’t wait until I could drive something myself. Luckily, I got to drive my first go-kart when I was five and I started racing a few years later.”


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Lewis went on to talk about what helps him stay positive and continue to push, even when a win seems out of reach.

“I just try to stay focused. When I first started karting, I didn’t have good equipment.

“We got my go-kart from the local newspaper, and it was bent and bruised, but for me, it was the greatest thing ever.

“Having had those difficult experiences as a kid definitely helps me today. I’ve started at the back and made my way through to the front.

“So when I race now, I try to always believe I can get to the front – even if it looks and feels impossible,” concluded Hamilton.

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