The new 2014 world F1 champion Lewis Hamilton has come back to the UK overnight and is doing a round of media events in Manchester this morning, even taking the time to surprise a nine year old who clinched a kart championship on the same day as Hamilton clinched in Abu Dhabi.
Harley Haughton was in the BBC Radio 5 Live studio this morning taking about winning the Manchester and Buxton Kart club cadet title at the age of 9, when Hamilton walked in and surprised him, revealing that he was 10 before he won his first championship.
“You’re even younger than me when I won my first championship, so you have got a bright future,” said Hamilton. But those were the best days, you know, racing around (kart tracks) Rye House and Rowrah, Rowrah is great. That is such a vital time, you guys at that age, you are the best drivers. You have to take what you learn now and keep learning, keep growing.
“This is very cool for me. I remember when I was doing that, with my Dad mechanicking (sic) for me.
“Make sure you listen to your Dad. You probably don’t always think it’s the best thing to do, but they always know best !”
Hamilton has been shortlisted for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award and is expected to be challenged by golfer Rory McIllroy for the award. He has never won it before, losing out to Sir Chris Hoy in 2008, his world championship year. The last F1 driver to win the award was Damon Hill to took it for the second time in 1996, almost 20 years ago.