F1 Star Lewis Hamilton Hints at Driving NASCAR in the Future
Formula 1 racer Lewis Hamilton is unquestionably at the top of his game. The British ace has won 43 Formula 1 races, claimed 86 podiums, and earned three championships in his nine-year F1 career, including the current world title. That’s quite the list of achievements for the 30-year-old driver, but according to a recent interview with BBC Sport, Hamilton may take a stab at another championship racing series altogether—NASCAR. Hamilton recently “dropped everything” and flew to Florida to watch the NASCAR season finale Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, during which his close friend Jeff Gordon finished off his NASCAR racing career. In the interview, Hamilton explained, “It made me want to drive one—I really fancy a race in a NASCAR one day. I'm not sure I'd do an oval, but possibly a road circuit course.” RELATED: Lewis Hamilton's Rare Pagani Zonda Involved in Accident
Lewis Hamilton is surely no stranger to NASCAR stock cars. In 2011, he and Tony Stewart swapped race cars at New York’s Watkins Glen circuit during a promotional event, trading McLaren F1 car for the No. 14 Chevrolet. After the drive, Hamilton was all smiles and was quoted as saying, “I just felt like a kid today.”
Hamilton certainly wouldn’t be the only driver in recent years to try his hand in NASCAR either. In 2011, previous F1 champ Kimi Raikkonen raced two events in the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series, and ex-Williams and McLaren F1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya enjoyed a long eight-season run in NASCAR.
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However, as Lewis Hamilton has previously noted in other interviews, his focus on Formula 1 is still very strong. He also told the BBC that he awaits regulation changes pegged for the 2017 season that could help make the sport more enjoyable for fans, hinting to his continued participation in the series.
With the 2015 F1 title all wrapped up, tune in on Sunday to watch Lewis Hamilton battle Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg during this weekend’s season-ending Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
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