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Here the much loved Aussie, who won nine races for Red Bull between 2007-2013, gives advice to his 25-year-old self, before his #f1 debut, on how to handle life in the fast lane.
The years will go quicker than you can ever imagine and will take you to the heights of Formula One and within one race of claiming the World Championship. It will introduce you to #people and opportunities that will shape and influence you in everything you do. As you already know, even getting to Formula One has been extremely difficult; it’s already a huge change from 1997 when Aussie rugby union legend David Campese stepped in to loan you some money so you could continue #racing in British Formula Three!
Remember the times aged six when you used to ride your dirt bike on the farm in Australia, commentating to yourself about being in races with your heroes? And the times when go-karting with incredible dreams and ambitions of one day visiting a famous track in Europe like Silverstone or Monaco, let alone the thrill of #racing on one? You will live out all of these dreams and more, with memories of #racing with some of the best in the business like Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso in your mind forever. Make sure you enjoy every moment.
When you line up for your debut Grand Prix in Australia with Minardi in 2002, aged 25, you have it all to learn but a challenge is not something you will ever shy away from. As you become older and wiser, you will begin to realise there were times when you would have liked to have done things a bit differently but it’s all part of the learning curve and there’s no rewind button!
The nerves and homesickness you felt when moving to Europe as a small fish in a big pond have already disappeared, but don’t forget the #people who didn’t believe you could make it. . Turn it into a positive and use it to fuel the fire.
All the difficulties are just part of the ride. Whether it is the dangerous accidents - some your fault and some not - or the ginormous challenge of learning how to beat #people at the highest level consistently, embrace the task at hand and get amongst it from the start.
And the biggest advice I can give to you is don’t be afraid to utilize the experts around you from the very start of your career. On the technical side, try and get more out of the resources that you have available to you at a much younger age. It is really hard to get that wisdom early, but not impossible.
You will always have good relationships with so many #people you work with but play to their strengths which in turn will benefit your performance. It is really important and comes with experience but working with great #people will help get the best out of you. There will be #people with more talent but they will never figure out how to do this and won’t even have a career in #f1.
Of course you won’t win every race you enter and you will have some headwind along the way which you need to deal with in the best possible way. Use every training session to squeeze everything possible out of yourself and that will be the secret to having a long career. Keep your emotions level and in check, being sensible with the absolute highs and dealing with the absolute lows in a measured way – there will regularly be both.
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