Lewis Hamilton has hinted that he could be tempted by racing in NASCAR or IndyCar in the future although he doesn’t intend to leave Formula 1 imminently.
The seven-time world champion has always had an eye on motorsport outside of F1 having previously tried out a NASCAR and a MotoGP bike. While he is yet to give it a go in an IndyCar, Hamilton does watch the series often and is certainly keen to at least have a try at America’s premier open-wheel racing series.
Despite his desire to try it, though, the Brit is adamant that he does not see racing in the series as a dream of his as he is more than happy in F1 right now.
“I did a car swap with Tony Stewart years ago which was fun,” Hamilton told the media ahead of the Miami Grand Prix.
“I’d love to try it at some stage but I don’t think it’s a dream for me to go and race in another series I am an admirer of racing and other sports so I’d like to try it.
“I did a swap with Valentino Rossi and try a MotoGP bike, I also watch a lot of Indycar so I’d like to try one of those cars at some stage.
“But right now, my focus is solely on Formula 1, I’m not leaving here anytime soon.”
Hamilton: Not boring for me
The Azerbaijan GP came in for criticism from fans after what was a rather lacklustre affair compared to the rip-roaring action we often see in F1. Hamilton was asked whether he thought the races were boring but admitted that he doesn’t watch them back himself.
“It’s not my job to convince people to watch a sport,” Hamilton added.
“I’m not watching it but it’s not boring for me, I’m challenged every single day trying to get back to the front so it’s definitely not boring from my perspective.
“But as a racing fan watching F1, I can understand because there is perhaps not as much competition as they are used to with the NFL and NBA at the moment but that’s not my doing.
“They have tried to bring the teams closer but it never seems to work.”