Karters in fight out for Formula One finish

October 16th, 2010


Two drivers with strong links to go-karting look set to fight out the 2010 Formula One championship. Spanish driver and twice winner Fernando Alonso is in a head-to-head with Australia’s Mark Webber, with Britain’s Lewis Hamilton – another junior karter – just off the pace.

Just like motor racing legend Ayrton Senna, Alonso’s father José Luis made a kart for his elder sister when she was eight, but the three-year-old Fernando Alonso showed more enthusiasm for the sport than his sister Lorena. (The above clip shows Alonso returning to karts for his local crowd in Oviedo in northern Spain, where he was born.)

Alonso’s rival Aussie racer Mark Webber was later into karting, taking it up aged 14, and winning the New South Wales championship in 1993. But Red Bull racer Webber recently returned to the karting track. He was at the Karting circuit in Milton Keynes to support fellow driver Chris Van Der Drift.

New Zealand’s Chris van der Drift was injured at the beginning of August racing in the Superleague Formula at Brands Hatch but his insurance did not cover his medical bills. The karting fundraiser was held at Milton Keynes’ go-kart circuit. ‘We’re like one big family in motor racing and if one of us finds ourselves in times of hardship then the rest of us rally round,’ Webber said.

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