I’m a record-breaking F1 star but my parents nearly bought a carpet instead of my first-ever go-kartThe teen star would defy his mum’s wishes just a few years later

FORMULA ONE’S newest sensation could be doing something very different if his parents had bought a new carpet instead of a go-kart. The 18-year-old Oliver Bearman produced a brilliant performance to finish seventh in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix last weekend. The Ferrari prodigy became the youngest Brit to ever race in F1 and is the third youngest driver ever. Bearman’s passion for motors came from his father, David, who had raced at club level and quickly became a “nerd” and able to identify every make and model of car on the road at a young age. Bearman has since been tipped as a future star after he was snapped up as part of Ferrari’s young driver scheme.

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