Mateo Garcia, the 5-year-old Mexican who dreams of racing Formula 1 following in the footsteps of Lewis Hamilton
Mathieu competes against the older kids, but that didn’t frighten him and he’s making his way into European karting, the stronghold of Formula 1
At the age of only five, Mateo Garcia has become one of the most interesting prospects in motorsport in Mexico, because in 2020 and The four-year-old has become the youngest karting driver in Latin America, claiming 11 podiums in 12 races. She ran, and got five first places, three second places, and two third places. All this in front of children older than two years. currently Your goal in the UK, where you participate in Super One National Karting Championship, the same category in which the world champions started Lewis Hamilton And Jenson Button.
Matthew has motorsports in his veins, okay His father, Pepe García Montaño, is a 29-year-old Mexican driver who participated in NASCAR.. With his advice and advice, the baby has clear goals, “to get to Formula 1” and that’s why he is inspired by pilots like Daniel Ricciardo, Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen, but he doesThe first idol and reference of all time is the Brazilian Ayrton Senna.
“I love Kimi, who will retire this year, like Ricciardo, Leclerc, Verstappen, but my idol is Senna, because where they put him was good,” said Matteo, who will also be an ambassador for the Mexican Grand Prix and will be at Hermanos Rodriguez Autodrome in the race that It will take place in the first week of November “in rain, drought and average temperature”.
Matteo Garcia took second place overall in the Bambino C50 New Era . class Adding 914 points and getting only nine points less than those achieved by local champion Otis Cleary.
“Now I’m going into the pro class,” said Matteo, smiling, “and obviously to win it, he has to train until I get tired, more and more every day.”
Matteo is found day in and day out in both buggies and motorbikes, and he has admitted he has almost no interest in video games. “Suddenly they lent it to me, but I’m not too close to sticking to the screen, I prefer to go out. I like to ride a motorbike. I like to have fun.”
For her part, Angelica Patino, Matteo’s mother, confirmed that her son had done so The clear goal of ‘Being the World Champion’, because she “does things to get there”. But she admitted that watching him race at high speeds makes her nervous, especially seeing him with bigger drivers.
“I feel like my heart is leaking, but when it’s over and we see he won, or even if he doesn’t win, there’s a lot of emotion, especially in England, because there are 29 cars that start and they’re two years older than him and that makes me nervous, because my awareness is two years older than him. It makes a difference in that lifetime. We’ll support him as much as he wants, but then I say “what do we do?”, but I think it’s very safe.”
Throughout Formula 1, only two Mexicans, Pedro Rodriguez and Sergio “Checo” Perez, have managed to win a race, but Angelica Patiño assures that her son “has everything clear. He wants to become a Formula 1 champion and with everything he does, he shows us that. He does not leave you.” Not only eager, but doing things to get there. If he wants, I see him in Formula 2 and ready to go to Formula 1.”
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