Lewis Hamilton began karting at the age of eight, and was soon winning races.
His career progressed with Hamilton impressing in Formula Three and GP2 with the Brit making his F1 debut in 2007.
Twelve years and five world championships later, the 34-year-old is now regarded as one of the greatest drivers of all time.
But he still misses one aspect of his junior days with Formula One becoming more eco-friendly and moving towards electric cars.
“What I love about the old classics is you’ve got the smell, which you don’t get anymore,” Hamilton told Auto Bild.
“When go to a go-kart circuit, when I was racing at least, you had this amazing smell from the exhaust and on your racing suit.
“Even in a Formula One car, you don’t get that smell anymore. I miss it.
“That’s what I used to love when I was go-karting – that smell.
“You’d come away from the circuit dirty, smelling of oil and rubber.
“Once you get to Formula One, you don’t get to smell that. Everything is so clean.”
Hamilton sits second in the standings this season, one point behind Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.
The pair have dominated the four races so far, each taking two wins and two second-placed finishes.
The Finn is a point ahead after clocking the fastest lap in the season-opener in Australia.
Bottas was victorious at last weekend’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix despite Hamilton getting off to a strong start.
And F1 expert Karun Chandhok believes the Brit will be frustrated at letting Bottas take the win.
“I think Lewis Hamilton will be kicking himself for being so generous at the opening corner of the race with Bottas,” Chandhok wrote for DriveTribe.
“Yes, he didn’t get pole but he made a much better start and had snuck in front on the run down to the first corner before braking earlier than I expected him to, which basically gave Valtteri a chance to stay with him around the outside.
“This may not be his strongest track, but if Lewis watches the replay back, I’m sure he would feel like he could have won today if he was just a few meters later on the brakes into the first corner.”