Zubair Hoque from Hale is on track for a career in Formula One
PUBLISHED: 17:41 23 September 2011 | UPDATED: 20:02 20 February 2013
A teenager from Hale is set to follow in the tyre tracks of Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton
Look out Lewis Hamilton, Zubair Hoque is on your tail. The 15-year-old from Hale is one of the hottest young prospects in British motorsport.
Currently competing at national level in Super 1 British Championship and Formula KartStars karting championships, the Altrincham Grammar School pupil has been a race fan since he was just five and now has his eyes set firmly on Formula One.
I take a lot of inspiration from Lewis because he started out from a similar place to me, Zubair said. He taught me that you have to graft to get where you want to be.
When things havent gone his way he goes back to the pits and analyses every aspect of the car. From him I learnt that there is always something more you can do and it is that attitude that separates the good drivers from the great drivers.
Like Lewis, I havent started out with a big money backer but I am determined to get to the top of my sport like he did. Its also my dream to one day race for McLaren as they are consistently at the top of the sport but Im confident I can prove myself whatever car Im in.
Zubair began his racing career as an eight-year-old at the Daytona Manchester karting track where he was quickly fast-tracked to junior race schools and progressed rapidly from novice to intermediate and then advanced levels, despite racing against, and beating, many older and more experienced drivers.
Despite offers from kartings top teams he still races with his original team, TMR based in Ormskirk and finished his first season in the Formula KartStars championship in fourth place, making him the highest placed rookie.
Next year he aims to compete in the KF3 karting class the premier European karting competition for 13- to 16-year-old drivers which was won by Sebastian Vettel in 2001.
And Zubair said: What makes me stand out is the way I analyse race data, analyse competitors performances and my tranquillity. If something hasnt worked I dont get angry. I think about what went wrong and how it can be improved as I dont like leaving things to chance. Persistence and practice pay dividends. This is how I remain confident in myself, my team and in my future success.
I always want to find new ways of improving and developing myself and sometimes a change of set-up can bring out parts of you as a racer that you didnt know existed. This is why experimenting and testing is so important and why F1 teams spend so much money and time on it, striving to find that competitive edge. We may be in smaller vehicles but the principles are still the same.
The print version of this article appeared in the October 2011 issue of Cheshire Life
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