When you first get into some kind of activity, it is always a great idea to draw some inspiration from those who have reached their limits and are now going beyond them. Same applies to go-karting. If you are a go-karting enthusiast, chances are you haven’t missed out on many Formula One races. While pretty distinctly different from go-karting, Formula One has deep roots in it and many of those we now see in this prestigious race started off in a local go-karting track. So let’s take a look at those people and their accomplishments and who knows, after seeing some worthy role models, maybe one day you’ll be the one to end up on such a list.
Even if you cannot spell his last name without scratching your head, you’ve definitely heard it. A Formula One legend, Schumacher has been at the forefront of this race and the industry as a whole for quite some time and is now on a well-deserved retirement. While he drove for Jordan Grand Prix, Benetton, and Mercedes, most of his career was spent racing for Ferrari. There is a reason for him being the first one on the list, and a very solid one. He is the only racer to have ever won seven Formula One World Championships, five of which were won in a row. That’s a high bar, and the racing generations to come definitely have what to look up to. And yes, everything started from a local Kerpen-Horrem karting track for him, where he was the youngest and one of the most successful members.
Hamilton is not too far behind, having won six Formula One World Championships. But who’s counting, really. This British diver is also a part of the all-time Formula One racers’ hall of fame, and rightfully so. Having won his first World Driver’s Championships in 2008 while racing under McLaren’s name, he then moved to Mercedes in 2013. He holds one very impressive title among many, which is all-time most career points, and that number as of today amounts to 3431. His career as a professional race driver kicked off when he was signed to McLaren’s Young Driver Program all the way back in 1998. He also stands for something monumentally important; during his first Formula One race in 2007 under McLaren, he was the first and only black person to participate in the race, making a so-needed breakthrough for increased social equality.
Alonso beholds two Formula One champion titles and is an owner of a spectacular smile. On top of that, he is rich in other types of driving achievements. One of the most notable and admirable ones is having twice won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, an endurance race the goal of which is to cover the longest distance in 24 hours without mechanical failures. That must say something about a character of a driver! This Spanish racer started his driving journey at the age of… 3. And has been very active ever since.