Hamilton: ‘Zero passion for Le Mans or IndyCar’

Lewis Hamilton says he has absolutely no desire to venture outside of Formula 1 in his motorsport career, and has no interest in ever competing at Le Mans or in IndyCar.

The Mercedes driver, who is on the verge of clinching his fourth world title, is expected to extend his contract with the German manufacturer until at least 2020.

While he hasn’t defined any plans for when he will retire from F1, the Briton believes that when he calls it a day, it will likely spell the end of his racing career.

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“I don’t have any desires to do any other racing,” Hamilton said.

“By the time l stop it could be 30 years. Everything else is a step down the ladder.

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“There is no other racing series that l have any desire to drive – which is a shame,” added the 32-year-old.

“I wish l had more passion to do an Indy Car or a Le Mans. But there is zero, there is nothing. I have more exciting things outside which l am passionate about.”

Hamilton’s view differs from that of Fernando Alonso who has made clear his desire to race at Le Mans after tackling the Indy 500 earlier this year, and where he hopes to return sometime in the future.

“I’ve always respected [Indy 500] and appreciated it and I got to watch part of it when Fernando did it, which was super exciting. I love the idea of drivers being able to do more than one series.

“I have a huge amount of respect for those drivers; it’s quite scary when you approach those banks at the speed that they do.


“Obviously I get lots of opportunities to do those things but I have no plans to go there and do anything serious.

“My whole life has been motor racing so it’s difficult to imagine it being out of my life I’ll obviously have more time to watch,” he said.

“I probably will attend more GP races, and attend more sports that l admire – like NBA, for example. But in terms of racing, l don’t think l will do any racing.”

While he has no interest in broadening his racing horizon, Hamilton admitted that exciting endeavours outside the motor racing arena were already in development.

“When you’re a racing driver often you’re put in a box and there’s talk of you not doing much but being a racing driver and there’s a lot more to me and I have a lot of great things that are happening,” he added.

“So, it’s just, after a lot of work, a lot of trial and error, a lot of pushback over the years, to see positive things starting to happen, things starting to move in the direction I was hoping it would eventually move – which you’ll see come to fruition in the next 12 to 18 months.

“That’s allowing me to take the pressure off and enjoy what I’m doing here, more than ever before.”

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