McLaren Drivers Comment on the Olympics

Adam PooleAnalyst IAugust 10, 2008

Three weeks paid holiday sound good? That's what Formula One drivers are getting while the Olympics are on.

The world has its eyes on China at the moment, and as a result, Formula 1 takes three weeks off our TVs with the next Grand Prix scheduled for Aug. 24.

In a recent interview with McLarens official site, the drivers gave everyone their views on the Olympics and which events they will be watching.

Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the 100 metres.

"The 100 metres is always special," he said. "You get to see the fastest men on the planet race each other. They are incredibly quick! 

"I'm a huge fan of athletes who have dedicated their lives to being the best," he added. "The dedication and commitment they put into their careers, putting everything else aside to go for that ambition, is something I really respect and can learn from."

Heikki Kovalainen is a true patriot saying, "I'm supporting Finland, of course!"

He is hopeful of his country doing well in China.

"For us Finns, there are a couple of strong medal hopefuls." 

Heikki said this on the back of finishing first at the recent Hungarian Grand Prix last Sunday, after Ferrari's Felipe Massa retired from the race just three laps from the end.

McLaren Racing's test driver, Pedro De La Rosa, also enjoys watching the Olympics.

"I'm a sportsman and I love any kind of sport, so I will definitely be watching the Olympics," he said. "It's been a great year for Spanish sport and sportsmen." 

This comes after Spain won Euro 2008, the Tour de France and the Wimbledon men's final.

Looks like everyone at McLaren-Mercedes will be enjoying their three weeks off in front of the TV rather than behind a wheel, but be sure to join Lewis, Heikki and the rest of the drivers on Aug. 23 for the European qualifying.