Amid the maelstrom of emotions that followed a fifth world title, which he marked with no greater extravagance than a night at home with his pet bulldogs in Los Angeles, Lewis Hamilton found that his first thoughts turned to his family. Specifically, they turned to his paternal grandfather, Davidson, who had emigrated from Grenada to London in 1955 and who, he revealed, had died just three days before his coronation as a quintuple Formula One champion. “This has actually been a really difficult weekend,” he said. “My grandad was the godfather of the family.” For Hamilton, blood ties can be a complicated business. Of his father Anthony, who first nurtured the young Lewis’ love of motorsport and who shuttled him to karting races the length and breadth of Britain while holding down multiple jobs, there has been precious little sign at grands prix since he stepped aside as manager during his son’s McLaren days. He was missing again here in Mexico City, … [Read more...] about Lewis Hamilton reveals inspiration he took from grandfather who died three days before fifth world title win
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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during the third free practice at the Silverstone racetrack, Silverstone, England, Saturday, July 7, 2018. The British Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday. Luca Bruno AP Photo Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his car during the third free practice at the Silverstone racetrack, Silverstone, England, Saturday, July 7, 2018. The British Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday. Luca Bruno AP Photo Sports Lewis Hamilton back on top in final practice at British GP By CIARAN FAHEY Associated Press LinkedIn Google+ Pinterest Reddit Print Order Reprint of this Story July 07, 2018 04:28 AM SILVERSTONE, England Lewis Hamilton edged Kimi Raikkonen by less than one tenth of a second on Saturday for the fastest time in final practice at the British Grand Prix. Hamilton is going for a fifth straight victory and a record sixth overall in his home Formula One race. He was … [Read more...] about Lewis Hamilton back on top in final practice at British GP
Tavo Hellmund, the lean, dimpled, gimlet-eyed Texan who deftly negotiates the uptight, ultra-sophisticated, almost sinister world of Formula 1 on a daily basis, recently quit chewing tobacco. One, it isn’t good for him. Two, his wife and kids didn’t much care for it. Three, it frees him from the need to, multiple times a day, search for an empty can in which to spit tobacco juice. Four, giving up a habit he had since college might make him look less like a typical Texas goober, all hat and no cattle, to the globetrotting zillionaires who play high-stakes hands in the game of F1. But there is no Four; Hellmund doesn’t give a rat’s ass about appearance. He doesn’t wear a hat, has no cattle. What he does have is a nice touch for finding money, locating facilities, creating cooperation among those who seldom do, and delivering not one but two F1 races to North America—first, the U.S. Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas near Austin, Texas, a track … [Read more...] about Why is Tavo Hellmund North America’s F1 Hero?
It’s been a tough season for Lewis Hamilton. From early on in pre-season testing it became obvious that his McLaren was going to struggle to take on the might of Red Bull, and with each passing race the championship seemed to slip further from his and the team’s grasp. Then came numerous collisions and far more trips to the stewards than he would have wished. And finally, over the past few months, personal issues and an apparent breakdown in his relationship with long-time girlfriend Nicole seemed to weigh heavy upon him. His personal life was deeply affecting his professional life. But then came Abu Dhabi, and a win that reinvigorated the 2008 world champion. In Brazil for the final Grand Prix of the season, I sat down with Lewis for what turned out to be a frank, open and honest interview for SPEED, which aired in our pre-race show. I won’t attempt to turn the quotes into a feature article, because in its raw, pure form it is perhaps all the stronger and will, I … [Read more...] about Lewis Hamilton’s 2011 season: In his own words
Go kart racing is growing to become one of the most popular activities for people of all ages across the country. But it’s an activity that gets little media coverage. And so, to help guide you as you explore more on the popularity of go kart racing in Colorado and throughout the country, we’re highlighting nine go kart racing fun facts in this latest post. Many Professionals Start with Go Karts Many of the most well-known drivers on the professional circuits started their careers driving a go kart. Drivers like Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton drove go karts to hone their skills when they were younger. Go Karts are Easy to Drive One element preventing many from enjoying racing go karts is the idea that go karts are hard to drive. In fact, go karts can be easily maneuvered regardless of driving ability or experience. Karting is one of the most accessible forms of racing in the world! The First Kart was Built in 1956 The first modern styled go kart was built in … [Read more...] about Discover 9 Facts on Go Kart Racing in Colorado