Lewis Hamilton surprises a nine year old kart champion on homecoming to UK
Harley Haughton
Posted By: James Allen  |  25 Nov 2014   |  1:49 pm GMT  |  42 comments

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.

BBC Radio 5

“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.

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Can’t say Iv’e been overly impressed with Hamilton… till this year, he has matured and handles himself well with the media, so well done Lewis he thoroughly deserves his championship, and to Nico also a very impressive young man.


If that lad makes it to F1 i guess that clip will be played to death. If that lad becomes world champion that clip will be used for every interview as the first question. If is a big word but as Murry say’s If is F1 backwords


Cute! That must be super-inspirational at that age. 🙂

Good man, Lewis.


The most relaxed I’ve seen HAM all year. He’s actually quite charming.


I wonder how many of us ordinary folks would survive under the media microscope that is F1, where a slight frown or a twitch of the nose sends the hacks hurtling into overdrive.


Wish we had Lewis in Ferrari. One day, one day he will be ours!!

Well done champion – Good luck next season!


Anyone on here driven at Rowrah?


I never made it that far north, just Shenington, Risington and Whilton Mill for me (outside of countless go-kart tracks, of course). And one race at Pembrey, actually.


Yep – many times…

Its a tough circuit for the gearbox class as its quite short for the 250 long circuit types and at the end of one of the straights is a 60 foot sheer cliff staring at you with a 120 degree bend…

Great fun at say 90 to 110mph…

Great fun though – hugely scenic and a fantastic in a ‘bowl’ allowing good viewing.

Its, one of the oldest circuits in Britain


Me! Both in cadets and many years later in rotax on the extended circuit. Great track!


“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.”

Looking very much like a hattrick of runner up spots unfortunately…


prophecy doesn’t pay much.


Also known as a triple bogey 🙂


“Lewis, I want to drive like you, what should I do?”

“Drive it like you stole it kid, drive it like you stole it”


did he won the f1 championship doing just that?


Sagely advice for young drivers everywhere 🙂


Darn it, that Hamilton is just a nice guy!

Wonder what the psychology in humans is that makes us pretty much dig our heels in on a driver.

Hamilton is the best! All others SUCK!

NO, Vettel is the best (which is he of course is!).

Alonso blah blah blah!

Endless comments like for the mods to mod day in and day out.

It’s interesting to look at and consider first, what is is that makes us “choose” a driver from the grid. And then second, why are the competitors of chosen horse a destination for our dislike? What vested interest, beside a desire to be entertained makes us put so much emotion into it that we stand up and fight for a driver we’ve never likely met face to face, and talk smack about a driver we also never met?

Look at Hamilton? Just a nice guy who drives a fast car. Yet a target of constant bashing.

Look at Vettel? He’s probably kissing a baby right now, this very second! Always in 4s, for number of WDC.

Look at Alons? Well, he’s still got that 2008 Singapore trophy, so he’s fair game!

Joking aside, seriously…there is something broken about where, why and how we direct emotions.

On another note…viewers are down in Germany again by like a million per race. Guess that whole theory of Vettel=boring doesn’t hold. Here is Mercedes, Germany’s baby, and Hamilton, and yet…. -1M. And F1 is free-to-air in Germany. What’s going on?


I guess there are many things that form opinion. For me the one really important thing in anything not just racing is the word “genuine”- thats something your name sake sees in Kimi and something very few in F1 have. Aside of that, Ive always loved Kimis approach to racing from his incredible speed to his impeccable etiquette. I love his style, his incredible feel for what the front a car does to his mid corner speed-‘thats something I personally enjoy in my car too – so I fully relate and my friends always commented on when we used to go carting also. At Melb last year in FP commentators were listening to see if people lifted in certain corners and Raikkonen several times was the only one going flat out all weekend- bought surprised chuckle from commentators.. I know car / set up has a lot to do with it – but thats what separates the really good to the great.. the ability to feel exactly what a car needs. When Raikkonen was interviewed late 2000 after his Sauber test they spoke to cart operators who said Raikkonen could listen to engine and pick the one that has the most power purely from sound- every single time.( the dyno times always confirmed it)

I like Hamilton too for his racing but not his personality..I think hes ability to feel what a car is doing is very similar and his speed is incredible. Mclarens transition from Kimi to Lewis was inspired because they were very similar. Some will say in was Alonso that took his place.. But I would prefer to think he replaced Montoya! Aint it funny how Alonso follows Raikkonen around first Macca then Ferrari.

I tip my hat to Alonso because I just dont get how anyone can drive cars like he does. But I think it also explains why he tends to drive some people off track because the precision is not there in cars with that much understeer and it was something he always had ..Monza 12 , Suzuka 12 to name a few..

I ve mentioned it before but I dont think Ive seen any driver on the absulute limits with the precision of Kimi he passes fairly in irregular places without touching anyone. Button has complete respect for Kimi in this regard as do most drivers be it attacking or defending.


That’s an interesting post Sebee, It’s a shame the Hamilton bashers won’t see it. The chances of those guys clicking on an article about Lewis doing a good thing are about as high as Nico overtaking Lewis! Sorry couldn’t resist it….


If all British football fans were objective and logical, I imagine that most of them would support Chelsea, managed by Jose Mourinho of course.

But that is not the nature of being a fan. The reasons why we support any given club have very much to do with family, history, geography et cetera – even religion.

I’m a Wolves fan, and that is because I grew up near Wolverhampton. I did not stop supporting them when they dropped out of the premiere league, even when they dropped into league one.

Same applies to F1.

We support the driver we like, for whatever reason. As Lewis himself says about his fans, “we win together we lose together”.

Sums it up really.


Where is our part of those winnings? 🙂


Well put Sebee.


Interesting, indeed. Emotion and bias are ever-present in sports. I sometimes have a hard time reading/responding to people about sports because I am usually much more analytical and not blindly emotionally attached to drivers or teams. I do have drivers that I like, but I would not go out of my way to badmouth any of the drivers just because they’re not high on my list.

I guess fan is short for fanatic, though.


Some people pick their sporting heroes by seeing them in action. Bottas in the only F1 driver out of the 45 I have supported I never did that with.

I often think the internet nutters and fanboys would be more rounded if they actually attended some race meets. I suspect most don’t. So they have their own prejudices and assumptions to work off of, and media spin, instead.


isn’t it prejudicial to accuse people of not attending race meets?

is name calling allowed on this site at all?


You bring up an interesting point. I have NEVER been to a Grand Prix and left unsatisfied with the result. I’ve been to GPs where Schumi won his share, but I’ve seen wins by Ralf, DC, Mika, Kimi, few by Alonso, JPM, heck, I’ve even seen that crazy Fisi win in Brazil 2003. (Funny, I’ve never seen a Lewis win, except in GP2 in Monaco.) And each and every time I left the race, I knew I saw something interesting and impressive, regardless of who stood on the podium. So you are right, I think going to the races is key. It is expensive and geography may be a challenge for some, but it changes your preception of the spectacle.

But regardless of who is on the podium, will the silence of the V6 Poos leave me angry in other ways? (Oh stop it already Sebee!)


Well said…

Or at least had a go themselves and got a feel for how tough it can be…

Many journalists would do well to try that too…


“It appears that the almost incomprehensible rules and the often unfortunate and counterproductive external representation of formula one has certainly upset a few fans.” said Manfred Loppe.

Don’t forget silent engines making the 2 hours sound like broadcaster lost the track audio feed.

Said more often than not this year: “Honey, could you please vacuum during the GP, so I can hear SOME mechanical sounds?” You know, if you get the rhythm of vacuum nosle passes just right, you can make a vacuum sound like it’s paddle shifting and engine rev matching.



It sure is suckin’!


Formula Dyson.

Hmm, it has a certain cyclonic ring to it…



Forget maths with Sebee. Let’s try build a sentence out of this : (which is he of course is!).


I thought “acorn” was a way to say “not corn”, as in atypical, asymmetrical, etc… 🙂


In my view, nothing beats unicorn and acorn – both just another way to say “one corn”.


Word games with Sebee now? 🙂

He is of course…which is?

Funny thing about the word “which”: The more you look at it the more badly spelled it looks 😉


That brought tears to my eyes..I’m such a sop


I found it hard to contain myself when Lewis was on the podium with the National Anthem playing.

When it was the same last year and the year before and the…… with Vettel on the top step, I felt absolutely nothing. True British Grit.

Anil Parmar (FormulaEDiary)

Don’t worry, I’m 10x worse!


How lovely! The little boy has speed written all over him.

The way F1 is going he’ll be in it within another 5 or 6 years. Maybe Lewis can even sponser him!


Latest news: Button and Magnussen out, Haughton to drive for McLaren in 2015 🙂


I can’t see that happening. He’s far too old.


Good point – what was I thinking? 😉


Good to see the young lad smiling away 🙂

Well done to him being a young karting champ.

Well done Lewis you are a British Legend.

Hats off to the both of them 🙂

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