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Formula One: Hamilton wouldn't mind living in Singapore

By Anjali RaguramanEvents - 19 September 2014 8:00 AM | Updated 5:29 PM

Formula One: Hamilton wouldn't mind living in Singapore

F1 driver Lewis Hamilton is a fan of Singapore, so much so that he can see himself living here.

At a fan meeting at Paragon shopping centre on Thursday 18 September, the Mercedes driver said that Singapore is “probably one of the very few places that I travel to during the year, where I feel I could live”.

But what is stopping him now is the distance from home and the home base of Mercedes team factory, which is in Northhampton, UK.

In an exclusive interview with inSing, the 29-year-old revealed: “I’ve always looked at moving far from Europe, but the problem is that my team factory is in England, and I have to be there pretty much every week. So flying back from Singapore 12 hours to the factory – I’ll be pretty much dead.

"I doubt it would be possible while I’m in my Formula One career, but I wouldn’t outrule it past my career,” he said.

Lewis Hamilton gamely signed autographs for the throngs of fans gathered at Paragon shopping centre (Photo: AFP)

CONFIDENT GOING INTO SINGAPORE GP

Hamilton is supremely confident about the Singapore Grand Prix this weekend.

Mercedes has yet to take the podium in any race in Singapore since 2008, but Hamilton said unflinching: “That’s going to change this weekend.”

"I feel fit and focused, I’m excited by the opportunities that lay ahead and I’m just going to try and grab them with both hands," he said. 

Naturally, he is intent on getting a good position in qualifying this Saturday.

"Qualifying is always important here, but it’s a great circuit. There are a couple of places you can overtake. So I think we’re going to be good. I hope I don’t have to do too much overtaking."

Hamilton is now in second place, 22 points behind fellow Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg, who tops the current driver standings. With only six races left in the calendar, Hamilton is still hoping to catch up with his teammate.

"We’ve done amazing as a team, so I’m just really hoping for some clean weekends rather than having car problems. I”ll hopefully do the job," he said. 

NOT THE BEST TRACK RECORD 

Hamilton’s track record in Singapore has not been the best. His only podium finish at the Marina Bay Street Circuit was in 2009, where he led from start to finish, and eventually won the race.

Even then, he is still a fan of the circuit. “There’s no run-off area here which is why it’s one of the best circuits in the calendar. I love it!”

2014 Formula One Singapore Airlines Grand Prix | Date: 19-21 September | Venue: Marina Bay Street Circuit

F1 2014: Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix

F1 2014: Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix

Date Sep 19, 2014 - Sep 21, 2014

VenueMarina Bay Street Circuit

Ticket PriceS$68.00 - S$1,288.00
 (excludes booking fee)