Making your dreams come true is a complicated task. If your wish is to become a F1 driver, you might benefit from reading the following couple of tips.
Make sure you know what you’re getting into
If being a driver in Formula 1 is really what you want, then you won’t mind the fact that this whole business is terribly competitive. But that’s not all. In order to make this your career, you’ll have to have substantial financial backing.
If you’re fine with all of this, there’s one more thing you need to know. To become a driver, you’ll have to work your way up to your dream position. This also means that you won’t be able to make any significant amount of money for as long as you’re a part of the lower formula racing.
Know where to start
There are probably at least a dozen places where you can start working your way up the ladder, but karting is the best. It’s at the same time cheap and accessible, while still being competitive enough for you to figure out whether F1 racing is a good choice for your career. Many successful F1 drivers started their careers in karting. Lewis Hamilton is only one of them.
How to climb up the ladder
After getting a taste of karting, you’ll need to take a step forward in order to build your F1 career. It will have to be something more serious and competitive, with faster cars and bigger investments. You could, for instance, move on to Formula Ford, followed by GP3, then maybe Formula 3 and finally, before making it to F1, spend some time in GP2. How much time you’ll have to spend in each of the categories will depend on your success.
Do not underestimate the difficulties you’ll encounter
First of all, if you’re in your 20’s and you haven’t even started, it might be a good idea to let go of your dream. Ayrton Senna was only 4 when he started his climb. And don’t think it’s not going to be difficult. But if you still think this is the best choice for you, then please go for it.