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Viral video shows F1 legend Lewis Hamilton winning 1998 karting race despite starting from back of the grid

Hamilton was just 13 years of age in this video.

Saurabh Ganguly Author

Updated - 28 November 2021 4:09 pm

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Highlights
  • The legendary racer could be spotted easily in the video as he is using the renowned number 44.
  • Hamilton enjoyed a bit of an off after an incredible performance at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton is a well-known name in the contemporary racing world. The Briton is a seven-time world champion but in a rare video that has managed to surface on the internet, a young Hamilton could be seen junior karting race from the back of the grid. The video, it is being learned, is from a junior karting race in 1998 and Hamilton was just 13 years of age.

The legendary racer could be spotted easily in the video as he is using the renowned number 44. He had told the F1’s official YouTube channel that the number was inspired by his dad as it was the number plate of his car had F44. Hamilton eventually clinches the given race at Buckmore Park by just eight-thousandths of a second with him taking the fastest lap.

Moreover, Hamilton finished ahead of Russell Parkes who has not had a competitive race since the year 2000.

Check out the video here:

Lewis Hamilton winning 1998 karting race

Hamilton enjoyed a bit of an off after an incredible performance at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Possibly everything that could have gone wrong went wrong for the Mercedes star yet Hamilton produced a legendary race to win it against all odds. For starters, a new internal combustion engine induced a five-place grid penalty on the team. Later he was disqualified from Friday’s qualifying.

Later, he started Saturday’s sprint from the back of the grid and eventually started the race from a lowly 10th position, with few experts and fans backing him to win from that position but that is what legends are made of. Hamilton earned only the second victory in his career from outside the top-6. In addition, he became the first driver to win a race at Interlagos from outside the top-8.

After Hamilton’s win at Sau Paulo, the championship table looks pretty different. Despite Verstappen’s 14-point lead currently, Red Bull could be excused for feeling a bit nervous. This is because Hamilton’s pace was quicker than some of his earlier races and if the German manufacturer maintains a similar advantage in the coming races, then the lead could disappear.

With three more races to go, the coming two tracks could determine who has the advantage. The next sprint is at the Qatar Grand Prix at the Losail International Circuit followed by the first-ever Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in Jeddah and both races are set to be held at night.

The season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be held on December 12.

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