Why Hamilton will never be an ‘Electric head’

Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton says despite his love for the environment, he is not keen on racing in Formula E.

While admitting his passion for protecting the environment, he also made it clear he is a petrol head and will never race electric.

When it comes to racing, the Brit doesn’t see FE coming close to F1 any time soon.

Speaking about Formula E at Interlagos, he said: “It’s a difficult one because I’m conflicted,”

“The gasses that we emit with our cars are not particularly helpful for the climate and for the world, so on one side, that’s a concern for me.

“But on the other side, as a racing fan, I’m a petrol head and I will always be a petrol head. There will never be a time when I’m an electric head.

“I hope, at least, in my period of time, it’s always going to be a fuelled car with at least some sort of V-shaped engine, with some sort of sound.

“I think it’s great what Formula E are doing, and it’s a great start,” he continued. “It’s great to see all the top brands – Audi, BMW, Mercedes – are all getting heavily invested because, particularly on the roads.

“You see the traffic every single day, there are thousands and thousands of cars on the road. There’s the same in every country you go to so the sooner we can get rid of the majority of those cars and then turn them into hybrids.

“I think that would be a massive difference, but there are a lot of other things we can do around the world with businesses to help with those emissions,” he pointed out.

“But I don’t think you are ever going to compare Formula 1 and Formula E.

“Maybe in five, ten years maybe, but the technology that we have, it’s quite far advanced compared to what they would be having.

“They’re slower than Formula Ford at the moment so they’ve got a long way to catch the speed of a Formula 1 car. I don’t know if that’s their target.”

But he also acknowledged the all-electric race is getting better with each season. Hamilton’s former teammate Nico Rosberg is now a stakeholder in an FE team. Former F1 drivers Felipe Massa, Pascal Wehrlein and Stoffel Vandoorne are all now headed to FE’s next season that starts in December.

“I think it’s really impressive. I’ve been watching their cars on social media and they look pretty cool, so I wish them all the best and looking forward to seeing it progress.”

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