Before making his name as one of the best racing drivers ever, the Mercedes man was behind the wheel of a more everyday vehicle.
After his father Anthony
helped him buy the Mini, Hamilton remembers it being "just the greatest thing," singling out "that freedom to go around and do things" his first car offered.
Not that the youngster didn't abide by the rules of the highway code.
"You know, I thought I knew everything and it doesn't matter how good you are as a driver -- you don't.
"It was a big wake-up call getting a car and getting that big responsibility; it's not only you now, it's all the people you're driving past!"