FORMULA E star Sam Bird turned down AFC Wimbledon as a youngster to pursue a career as a racing driver.
The Virgin Racing driver has been within the all-electrical collection because the begin 4 years in the past – nevertheless it might have been very totally different had he put pen to paper with the London membership.
The London-born driver performed up entrance for Millfield Faculty the place he starred alongside Reuben Reid and Lawrie Wilson – with each happening to have profitable careers within the Football League.
However regardless of being provided a primary-yr apprenticeship on the age of 17 by Wimbledon, Bird already had his eyes on motor sport.
When requested if it was robust selection between football and racing, he advised SunSport: “No. Racing was all the time my essential love, racing got here first and football got here second.
“Earlier than it acquired to the purpose of balancing football and racing, it had turn out to be unattainable.
“Racing is full time and football is full time. You’ll be able to’t attempt to develop into knowledgeable at two issues.
“I simply moved into single-seater automobiles on the time.
“I don’t assume I might have ever made it as a critical professional footballer. So I feel I made the correct selection in the long run.”
The 31-yr-previous recalled how he was left-footed and would both reduce in from the fitting and shoot or play down the left flank and whip in crosses.
However his eyes lit up when speaking about how his mother and father would take him go-karting in Streatham or Clapham as a pastime if his grades have been good.
He moved to Millfield Faculty after the headmaster at Constitution Home didn’t consider in his goals of turning into a racing driver.
Speaking of these setbacks, he stated: “My mum and pop have been nice, they all the time believed in me and all the time thought I might do no matter I needed to do with my life.
“In order that was all the time nice they usually all the time had religion in me.
“There have been numerous doubters on the best way, you’ll by no means make it into Formula One, you’ll by no means do that and you’ll by no means do this.
“I didn’t see it as a unfavourable, I all the time noticed it as motivation to do it much more.
“So that you virtually thank these individuals who make these feedback, as a result of with out their negativity it wouldn’t have given me an additional spark to push forwards.”
The Brit is presently second behind rival Jean-Eric Vergne within the Formula E driver standings by 18 factors with 5 races remaining.