In a talk with MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi, Lewis Hamilton said he “wanted to ride bikes, more than cars” when he was a child, but his father didn’t want him to do it.
Swiss watchmaker IWC released a talk between Lewis Hamilton and Valentino Rossi, in which Lewis revealed he wanted to ride bikes, before he made the switch to open-wheel cars.
“I’ve always loved bikes,” Hamilton said.
“When I was younger I actually really wanted to ride bikes, more than cars actually.
“My dad didn’t want me to ride bikes though, he said they were too dangerous. So he got me four wheels instead of two.
“I think it was the right choice, because if I was racing at the same time as Vale was there, I probably wouldn’t have been as successful.
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“But then, since I’ve been in Formula 1, I have a Superbike and at the end of the year I like to go out and do some track days.
“It’s fascinating – it gives you a different perspective. Watching it on TV is one thing, obviously it is a lot different to a Formula 1 car.
“But I had the privilege of doing a bike and car swap day with Vale in Valencia, and it was a real dream come true for me, to experience a MotoGP bike and be on track with the legend himself.
“It was so surreal,” the Briton concluded.