That’s probably the most famous lyric from Cat Stevens’ 1970 hit ‘Father and Son’, which is all about going your own way and chasing your dreams. Fathers are often proud if sons follow in their footsteps, but sometimes it’s the last thing they want – especially if those footsteps tread a dangerous path. And the reverse often applies too, as sons are normally eager to carve out their own identities.
Carlos Sainz Junior, for example, said that he would never have set out to be a rally driver – even though he likes the sport – as the inevitable comparisons with his two-time world champion father would be too much. But now that Carlitos has proved a point in Formula 1, he won’t discount rallying in the future. Perhaps the first step was when he drove the zero car on Rallye Monte-Carlo last month: a course-opening road car that goes through the stages before the competitors. “My dad told me about 100 times to be careful, but I really loved the experience: it was a dream come true,” said Carlos Junior. “It’s definitely made me more excited to try and do something with rallying in the future, although it’s not the time yet…”
As the song goes: “I was once like you are now, and I know that it’s not easy to be calm, when you’ve found something going on...”
Here are six more fathers and sons in motorsport inspired by Cat Stevens: