Lewis Hamilton: “When I first started go-karting I was five”

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Lewis Hamilton reveals he immediately “understood the throttle and brake technique” when he started go-karting at the age of five.

In a talk with MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi, organized by Swiss watchmaker IWC, Lewis Hamilton spoke about his beginnings in motorsport.

“When I first started go-karting I was five,” Hamilton said.

“I remember that day. It was the first time I drove around this go-kart track in Ibiza. We were just cruising around, seeing what was around and we came across this go-kart track.

“I remember getting in and straight I understood the throttle and brake technique that I used in my whole karting career.

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“For me, I think probably the biggest skill is to be dynamic, adaptive and faster enough.”

Lewis went on to explain he picked up things very quickly but, due to his financial situation, he didn’t have the opportunity to practice as much as some other kids did.

However, his natural talent helped him move to other categories pretty quickly.

“When you get to cars you have to learn even faster because you have less time to practice. It is also about the passion and hunger for it,” the Briton concluded.

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