Below is an extract from a bbc news report, to basically help identify a future champion. Now Dominic is only 7 years  old, and has everyone of these points and some more, at his young age. At the bottom of the article I will explain why Dominc has a good chance of success. We must rememeber that some one will step up from Kartng to F1, question is will Dom be the one.

Please read on.


Ten ways to spot a future F1 champ aged eight

Lewis Hamilton aged 10

By Tom Geoghegan
BBC News Magazine

When Lewis Hamilton was eight and winning his first karting races he was tipped as a future Formula One champion, a prediction that came to glorious fruition on Sunday in Brazil. So what marks an eight-year-old as a potential champion?

A top footballer or tennis player was probably scoring spectacular goals or hitting cross-court winners when a child.

But eight-year-olds who aspire to be motor racing champions are still nine years away from a driving licence.

However, they can still race. Like most Formula One drivers, Lewis Hamilton cut his teeth on the karting circuit, starting at the tender age of eight in 60cc karts travelling up to 55mph.

He was among a handful picked out as showing great promise. But what are talent scouts looking for in someone whose school chums are probably still role playing Power Rangers?

1. THE RACING LINES (Lewis Hamilton)

"It's all about learning the racing lines first," says Chris Pullman, operations director at Buckmore Park Kart Circuit, where Hamilton caught the attention of McLaren as a child.

Graphic showing the racing line

"You might drive fast but without the racing lines then you'll go off at some speed. Racing lines are the best way to drive round the circuit.

"The straightest line out of the corner is the best line to take. A mistake novices make is that they think the shortest route is the quickest route and they hold the inside line but that's the slowest line. At most corners, you turn in late and get a straight line to get the power down."

 THE RACING LINES (Dominic Bush)

Well Dom drove his very first Kart in Spain on holiday aged 4 and a half, albeit just a little 20cc but without any coaching worked out in his little head how to drive the track, he was a natural I was told by another holiday maker. He begged me every day to take him back to the track, on the 3rd visit the Spanish Who ran the track said, he was so good if he wanted he could drive the 50cc  with the 8 to 10 year olds. He came 3rd out of 12 Kids all because of his racing lines. This was still a slow kart compared to his Bambino.

Since we bought Dom his Bambino kart last year aged 6 he has gone to 6 or so different tracks and nailed every line possible. Terrence Dove who watched Dominic at Wilton mill drive his cadet there and is a personal coach for up and coming young drivers said,   "I have never seen  anyone first time on this track take such a good line around that bottom part of that track, it normally takes 3 or 4 sessions before they grasp it." "that is why he has so much speed coming up that straight." It is safe to say that he knows the lines, he said to me once ",Dad I dream of racing and racing lines". When he goes out in the car with his mum she comes in and says, "he is driving me mad, telling me how to approach the corners, mum get wider, mum you turned in too soon." He is always thinking about lines.

2. OVERTAKING (Lewis Hamilton)

Hamilton's overtaking skills were "very, very good," says Mr Pullman. There are three heats in karting and each driver takes turns in starting at the front, the back and the middle.

"So even the best drivers have to start at the back and have to learn to overtake. The race may only be eight laps so they have to get from the back to the front.

Youngsters on karts
Karting has boomed since Hamilton rose to prominence

"You have to come off the racing line and overtake left or right and sometimes you have to think about overtaking three or four laps ahead because you want the maximum speed coming off your corner.

It's about having the confidence to make a decision and "going with it straight away".

Eight-year-olds who drive with speed, consistency and accuracy stand out, he says. It's no good putting on one very good lap if you are slow on the next five, so the good drivers like Hamilton put in consistent laps and are able to overtake at the same time.

 OVERTAKING (Dominic Bush)

Well it never looked like he was a natural at overtaking, Mick Barrett said to him on his second session out in his cadet, "why you not overtaking Dom"

Dom said" I thought that I was only supposed to drive around the track following the other karts" Mick said, the next session is a race do you want to go out with them." Yes he said!!! As he was going around the track starting from the back, he overtook  7 karts. Mick Barrett said to me "he is a totally different kid when he knows it's a race. Where did this come from" " We should just start him at the back of the grid in the finals when he starts racing next year, he will come through and win every time." This comment came from one of the most respected kart team owners in the country. Furthermore he really wants Dom in his team, he loves Dom and comes down to watch him when ever he can. Dominic had an outstanding drive just 2 weeks ago. It was so good that everyone at the track at PFI agreed how good he was. Remember these other drivers have had 2 or so more years in the cadets than Dom.  But his overtaking is just something to admire. He started again at the back so was 14Th , he came through to win in just 10 laps. He out braked them he out cornered them, all this at such a young age. 

3. RACING SAVVY (Lewis Hamilton)

"Hamilton had speed but it was a racing craft you don't normally see in a youngster," says Kevin O'Malley, whose son Joshua was Hamilton's contemporary at Rye House karting track in Hertfordshire.

"They do their lap times and you can find a driver who can go quickly but putting them in a race is very different," says Mr O'Malley. "He was on Blue Peter driving remote controlled cars [aged seven] and I think it was his hand-eye coordination. His was exceptional. You get children of eight or younger who can drive quite quickly but to have that extra racing skill is a gift."

RACING SAVVY (Dominic Bush)

Now this is something that everyone comments on about Dominic. I, his father can only report what he says to me and what I see for myself. But reading what was said about Lewis Hamilton at age 8 and 9 reflects what I have seen with Dominic. When Dom does testing i.e practicing, there are always a few kids putting in a second or two quicker laps than Dom. But when there is a race, those kids are scratching their heads as Dom goes past them, they can not catch him and become 1-2 seconds slower than Dominic.  i think it is because he simply wants to race not drive around a track, he becomes a totally different character when he is told it is a race, more than that his lap times drop a couple of seconds and they become really consistent, no more than a tenth or two. it puzzles me why, but I have been told that very few kids can actually turn it on like that, that anyone can drive a kart fast but Dominic wants it so bad that he just wants to win no matter what. Dominic said to me once at tilbury when we were testing in his bambino, "Dad you see that really fast kid in the white in that orange bambino."  I said "yes"

"Well he thinks I'm crap" Well he has been overtaking you all the time Dominic" i replied

"He said I know but I'm not racing him" I was confused and to be honest i still am, he said "I am going to race him now, and i will stay behind him for 4 laps then thrash him" OK i said.

What happened was exactly what he told me would, he stayed behind him right on his bumper for 4 laps, the other kids Dad said your boy has got quicker all of a sudden. I had nothing else to reply apart from I know he told me he is going to race now not practice. Dominic then overtook the boy and lapped him after 4 more laps. It was ridiculous he then went over to the other boy and said well done and shook his hand, out they went again he said 3 laps this time dad, then I will thrash him. He did.!!  What is that? where does that come from? why does he just save it for a race not testing. Well it must be a inner something racing savvy, without a doubt.



Hamilton's trademark manoeuvre is to brake as late as possible approaching a bend - a skill that was honed as a child in karts, says Mr O'Malley.

1985: Born in Stevenage, Herts
1991: First ride on a go-kart on holiday in Spain
1992: Beats Blue Peter presenter John Leslie in a race of remote control cars
1993: Father buys him a £1,000 kart and he begins racing
1996: Wins McLaren's Champions of the Future karting series
1998: Joins McLaren's young driver programme

"Normally children that brake late go off the track but he could get an extra yard. If you're coming to a corner there's always a racing line and normally when you come to that racing line the only way to go past them is to go inside them, off the racing line, you're late on the brakes and get in front of them.

"You would tend to go off the circuit but he does that manoeuvre and still makes the corner. It almost defies belief. Somehow he gets inside, turns in and still gets the power back on and that balance between hands, eyes and feet and get everything perfect to get into the corner and out of the corner. He made it look easy and he was exceptional, outstanding, especially as he was a novice driver."


Dominic calls this Crazy Breaking, his term for late breaking from a straight,  to a tight corner.

He never really used to break and Mick Barret said he will need to start learning to brake hard, Mick was really busy with the team so I took him to Wilton mill and met the great Terrence Dove there. In just one session with Terence Dom was driving flat out to the tight corner then Crazy Breaking.  His driving was so much better. Terence said that he was so smooth doing it, if you did not know you would have thought he had been doing it for years.

We then went to Tilbury that weekend and he was practicing the breaking. I never told him to he just did, he was breaking later and later until finally he span. He never span again after that, but was breaking fantastically late. This he loves doing you can see a big smile on his face when he outbreaks another kart and holds it off the racing line and powers away. Special manoeuvre well crazy breaking is our word for it and he has got it.

5. GOOD REACTIONS (Lewis Hamilton)

It's a depressing thought for most of us, but our reactions probably peak aged 10 or 11, says Mr O'Malley.

"Some are better than others. You can just tell. That's racing craft. They can go round and put in a good lap time but in races someone might spin or brake extra early and it's the reaction of the driver to that incident that matters.

"My son [who was National Karting Champion at 21] was good at that and whenever there was an accident he would miss it. You can't teach them that.

The more experience a driver amasses, the more they learn. But you can't teach reaction times and "that's what separates the super drivers from the good ones".


I have seen Dominic's reactions at the extreme at Buckmore Park when he done his first Bambino race. A young kid span just inches in front of him, he had no chance it looked like it was all over, but somehow he managed to get round him and carry on. he has not raced that much to date but he has shown that he avoids trouble all the time, the instance above was unbelievable.

6. ADAPTABILITY (Lewis Hamilton)

Drivers have to prove themselves in wet weather as well as dry and Hamilton's steering was "very good" in both conditions, says Mr Pullman. "Sometimes you would take a different line to get round the corner and you have to know the ability of the kart, how far you can push the kart to the limit in the wet.

"Probably the worst conditions are when it's just starting to rain because muck gets washed to the top of the surface and it's like an ice rink."


When Dominic very first started in Karting he used to hate driving in the rain. Remember he loves going fast and the rain stopped him from doing that. When I explained that racing is not all about going as quick as you can, sometimes the conditions are difficult. We then decided to only put him out on slicks when it rained. If he can keep it on the track with slicks he will be a different class on wets.

He adapted to this fantastically to the point that he managed to salvage a silver at buckmore simply because it rained. He was taken out from a driver behind him that he had just overtaken. He had his weekend spoilt at that stage, it looked like he would not get a medal at all. He was really upset and down. Then it started to rain, he smiled and said if i do well I maybe able to get a bronze. He drove so well and adapted to the wet track we ease, he was so fast on slicks in the rain he salvaged a silver.

7. FOCUS (Lewis Hamilton)

"After his first race aged eight, I introduced myself to [Lewis's father] Anthony and Lewis," says Martin Hines, a former world karting champion and owner of the Zip Kart racing company.

"I said: 'Come to my [kart] factory and see me tomorrow and have a chat and see if we can help you.' And when we started chatting I realised how incredibly focused he was. He was determined that he was going to be the best, not that he wanted to be but that he was going to be, and he said it in such a way that I believed him."

Later Mr Hines introduced the Hamiltons to McLaren boss Ron Dennis, who was similarly impressed by the youngster's focus.

FOCUS (Dominic Bush)

Well this subject would have me writing for days, he is 7 years old, and loves playing with his mates the same age, but after school when his class mates and friends are at home playing with their transformers, Dom is at the track honing his skills at 55 mph. After he went to test at Wilton Mill and meet Terrence Dove, I found out why everyone is raving so much about Dom. It is nothing to do with driving ability, it is all down to his attitude towards his dream of racing F1. He spoke with Terrence and this is what was said to me, "I can see why Mick Barrett would spend so much time with him, he has got it for sure, we all look for the same things and we can not all be wrong about your son." It is the focus that they look, for the determination to be the best, the desire to win, I ask you, do you not think it is a little over the top for a 7 year old to sit on the sofa and drive tracks in his mind ?. He looks at racing lines even when we go out in the car, he is more than focused, it is a burning desire. He has no doubt in his mind he will be a formula 1 champion, he already believes he is there.!

8. EXCITEMENT(Lewis Hamilton)

"Everyone is saying he's an exciting driver to watch. That's how he's always been," says Mr Hines. "The way he sat in the kart and moved the kart. He moved the back of the kart."

It's a technique Hamilton still uses today. "In F1 he has the back [of the car] sliding about but others don't do that. It allows him to drive that much quicker... it gives him the edge."

 EXCITEMENT (Dominic Bush)

Well you can read about his big crash on his progress page, but after myself and Mick Barret (well Mick Barrett) repaired his kart that was the most exciting racing i have ever seen. The kart was still a bit mangled and we said to Dom go out on the back of this last race and see what the kart is like. Take it easy for a couple of laps first, if the kart feels wrong come in. Well out on the grid at 14Th last place, took a lap to see then he came through to win. He just had a point to prove we think he was fantastic overtaking all 13 karts in a 10 lap race. it's because he put in 10 laps all between 2 tenths time per lap consistent driving was the key.

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Report: Lewis Hamilton - the making of a champion


Unlike most schoolboy sports, natural talent isn't enough in motor racing. There's also got to be money and for eight year olds that means the Bank of Mum and Dad. But the Hamiltons are by no means from the super rich stock that is common in Formula One. Lewis' father worked hard to pay £1,000 for his son's first kart and five years later he was in the hands of McLaren on their young driver programme.

Today, an eight-year-old's kart costs about £2,300, plus about £5,000 on maintenance, engine repairs and tyres during each season. Some parents have been known to spend £20,000 a year.

"They have to be very committed because the karting season lasts all year round," says Mr Pullman. "Some are racing every weekend.


Well all I can say is that we are 100% behind him and are doing everything possible to keep Dominic's dream alive. We are currently looking for sponsorship, you can go to the sponsors benefits page to see what we are offering. The fact remains that we will somehow get him out there racing, he will need to do it on the track. It takes a great deal of effort to get seat time at Dom's age because he is not aloud to test at many tracks, so organising around work is a difficult thing to do, but we are doing it.


The step up to racing cars is a big one and not just in terms of the driving.

No eight-year-old will have the necessary media skills they may need later as Formula One drivers, although some do already have sponsorship deals.

McLaren took Hamilton under their wing and kept him away from the media until they had taught him how to handle press conferences and interviews.

And while youngsters develop a natural fitness as they are thrown around the karts, the specialist training in the gym comes later, to build their strength and stamina to withstand G-force in a two-hour race.

The karts are fitted with data-logging software to record a raft of statistics like speed, pressure, oversteering and gear ratio. Young drivers get to know their karts intimately, which is a learning process that prepares them for the greater complexities ahead. 


Well Dominic is learning about How to look after the sponsors, he knows that it is hard to find them so he is all about doing what is right for his sponsors. This will help him later in life i'm sure, he is learning how to talk to adults team bosses etc, again he is already exercising his arms tummy and legs to make him stronger. He can give a reasonable speech as he addresses his school friends at assembly explaining what he done at the weekend.

What does Dominic have that Lewis Hamilton did not, well after reading up on the Great Lewis Hamilton not a lot would be the answer, accept one thing, this boy of ours is the biggest dreamer you will ever meet, he has been like that since he was able to comunicate, Dreams only become reality if you believe you can acheive them.  This is the nitty gritty he really does beleive without a shadow of a doubt that he will be the futre F1 champion. He is so convinced that he walks around like he is already there. I know that Lewis was very much the same, but not until he was around nine. This is Dominics little edge, if you believe in a dream for long enough at the level Dom does then it will come true. He has another 18 months of belief than Lewis did so watch this space.


PS Lewis if you ever do read this then I am sure you will understand that yourself and Jenson are Dominic's Biggest role models. He love's Maclaren

and wants to follow in your footsteps, we were so pleased to find this article on you. We will look forward to watching Dominic in the coming years to see if he can get anywhere near your achievements which are huge. Dominic is now with the Zip team aged 8yrs old so he is starting to follow you.

Dominic asked me to add this post script this week as he has so much respect for you he did not want to upset you in anyway. He has his fingers crossed for you this season to win the championship again.