Karting is considered to be a great way to work on the fundamentals of motorsport from an early age. The famous Ayrton Senna was a big supporter of karting and was rumored to have wanted to quit Formula 1 and become a full-time karter.
Red Bull Racing’s Mark Webber also had these to say:
“I suppose it’s like learning new languages when you’re young. Karting is the best way for you to get a feel of how to race each other, dealing with the competition, dealing with winning, dealing with losing, and you soak up so much at a young age and learn very fast. The difference between go-karts and Formula One is obviously quite extreme. It’s from the junior, the most basic form to the most extreme form.” But a lot of Formula One drivers, including myself, still love driving karts because it’s very, very raw. They still give us a great feel of adrenaline and sensation of speed even though they’re not as powerful as what we race week in, week out, but we are low to the ground, you’ve got to be very precise — all the things we have to deal with in our profession.”
With that said, let’s take a look at Michael Schumacher’s 2011 karting race in Kerpen, Germany.