25 Years of Motorsport
After my karting days, I competed in lower-level single-seaters for a couple of seasons before taking the unusual route of competing in a seven-year-old F1 car in the European BOSS GP Series, at the ripe old age of 18 years and 4 days.
At that time, Formula Renault and BMW were the accepted paths for young drivers, and putting anyone under the age of 20 in an F1 car was not at all common.
I ended up winning the European championship that season, and I broke five outright lap records along the way. This raised a few eyebrows, and I was nominated for the McLaren Autosport Young Driver Award. I also tested with Christian Horner and his Arden International / Red Bull GP2 team and met with a couple of interested F1 teams.