Lewis Hamilton Talks NASCAR Desire, F1 Comparisons, Nico Rosberg and More

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistNovember 26, 2015

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 26:  Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP speaks with members of the media in the paddock during previews for the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit on November 26, 2015 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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Ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has revealed his hope to drive in a NASCAR event at some point in the future and commented on the differences between the two sports.

In his column with the BBC, Hamilton spoke after attending the NASCAR season finale in Miami:

The race was 267 laps - really long - but I thoroughly enjoyed it, trying to understand the strategy and the differences between the cars. It was neat.

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 street circuit or road course.

The Englishman has stormed to the F1 title having racked up an incredible 10 wins over the season.

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His desire to try his hand at NASCAR is hardly surprising given his enjoyment of the race—professional drivers often relish experimenting with different kinds of racing, and he wouldn't be the first to make the switch between the sports after Juan Pablo Montoya defected in 2006.

The speedster noted the way the two differ, adding:

It's a very different world from F1 - the teams are much smaller, to the extent that it almost reminded me of my Formula Three days.

It's not plush. The fans can get really close in the paddock and even be right next to the pit stops. And, in terms of the technology the teams have, it is kept much simpler compared to F1.

Indeed, as far as motorsports go, F1 and NASCAR are like chalk and cheese.

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Equally different are Hamilton and Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, who will once again likely finish as runner-up to his rival.

The Brit is 66 points ahead of the German but finds the difficulty in overtaking a source of frustration.

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"Nico and I are allowed to race, but unfortunately, with the way the sport's rules are, we have to use strategy to affect the races," he said. "... The problem is that the tyres drop off, and you can't get close to another car because the aerodynamics of your car are disrupted. ... That puts pressure and stress on the pit-stop strategy, so that has become a focus in the battle between Nico and me."

That frustration further serves to make his admiration of NASCAR more understandable, as those issues with overtaking aren't a problem in stock car racing.

Hamilton has now won the F1 drivers' championship in successive years, though, so don't expect to see him switching sports anytime soon. As long as he remains hungry for further success in his home sport, he's more likely to take to the track at Silverstone than Daytona.