Rutland karting sensation and British champion Teddy Wilson unexpectedly met his idol and current double Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton this Christmas.
As a guest of Formula Kart Stars (FKS) at the 2014 Autosport Awards, Teddy had been asked to attend the star-studded event as one of three standout young UK kart racers and FKS ‘old boys’.
MSA British Cadet Karting Champion Teddy, 13, from South Luffenham, emerged on stage with Junior World Karting Champion Enaam Ahmed and World Karting Champion Lando Norris in front of 1,200 guests. The young drivers were given the surprise of their life when FKS patron, and most famous ‘old boy’, Formula 1 World Champion and 2014 BBC Sports Personality of the Years Lewis Hamilton presented the young Champions to the room and dispensed some valuable advice.
Lewis reminisced about standing on the same stage almost 20 years ago and wished them all well with their careers.
Teddy said, “I’ve had an incredible year and being able to shake the hand of this year’s Formula 1 World Champion and one of my racing idols was the perfect finale. Meeting Lewis after winning the same British Championship that he won all those years ago is a huge inspiration. I just hope I can go on to enjoy a successful career in racing like him.”
Held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on London’s Park Lane, the Autosport Awards is one of the most prestigious events on the British motorsport calendar. This year, Lewis Hamilton won two of the eight awards categories, which are voted for by Autosport magazine readers: International Racing Driver of the Year and British Competition Driver of the Year.
Other top drivers in attendance included F1 drivers Jenson Button, Valtteri Bottas, Max Verstappen and Daniil Kyvat; British Touring Car driver Jason Plato; and Rally Driver of the Year award winner Sebastien Ogier.
Teddy, who attends Uppingham Community College, said, “I was lucky enough to meet and talk to many other legendary and talented drivers at the Autosports Awards including World Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg, former F1 drivers Martin Brundle, Allan McNish and Sir Jackie Stewart and current F1 driver Valtteri Bottas. They were very encouraging and it was a night I shall never forget.”