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Lewis Hamilton’s Father Said to Youngsters: Not in a Hurry to F1

Anthony Hamilton, the two-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton’s father, lately said that the youngsters should not rush to F1.


He said that now many youngsters and their parents wanted instant gratification rather than a proper educational process to gain necessary racing experience.


He said: “Part of the reason why I very rarely get involved with young drivers and their parents these days is because nobody wants to do what we did.


“Nobody wants to hang around. They all want instant gratification.”


Also, Hamilton senior recollected the years Lewis Hamilton had. Indeed, before the two-time world champion stepped into Formula One, he spent two years in Formula Renault and the same in Formula Three. And then, a dominant seaon in GP2 led him to a McLaren debut in 2007.


Anthony Hamilton said: “By the time (Lewis) arrived in Formula One, he'd got so much experience and appreciation.


“But he could not have done it without karting. He could not have done it without taking his time and going through the educational process.”


Anthony Hamilton also noted the parents’ belief in their kids is very important. He advised the parents to believe and stick to the course.


Besides, he mentioned that Lewis was also worried about others moving up the ladder faster than him.


Anthony said: “They (youngsters) just can't keep their mind off the fact that Johnny next door who was in karts with them, and who they beat two years running, is now driving cars and is two years in front of them.


“I say forget that nonsense, don't worry about it. He might be driving cars but he's not getting the micro-skills and experience he needs...stay in karts as long as you possibly can.”


What’s more, Anthony agreed with the FIA’s recent move, ensuring a driver at least being 18 years old to get a super-license. He urged the youngsters to take time and gain necessary experience.


He said: “If you look at the motor racing scene nowadays, people are doing less than a year in a category and then think 'I've had enough of this one so now I'm going to jump two or three because I can afford it.


“I think there's a lot of talent out there. The trouble is, the talent doesn't want to wait.”


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