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How do you become the next Senna, Schumacher or Hamilton – and what happens if things don’t turn out the way you’ve planned?

For many young racing drivers, taking risks is an approach that extends outside the cockpit of their speed machines: their entire career is a high-wire walk without a safety net.

Take Callum Ilott for example. At 18, this quiet, mild-mannered British racing driver has already spent a decade racing on four wheels, progressing from go-karts to Formula 3 cars. To make a success of his chosen sport, he’s skipping A-Levels, a university degree and any sort of vocational training to focus on making it to the front of the grid. If he doesn’t get there, he will have very little to fall back on.

WRITTEN BY Ross Ringham