Lewis Hamilton in the BTCC ?

Lewis Hamilton in the BTCC ?

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Tazar

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195 posts

150 months

Tuesday 13th October
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Once Lewis has beaten all Schumacher’s records should he join the BTCC as a driver to prove his greatness as a driver as Jim Clark, Moss, Hill etc did in their multi discipline drives ? So far he’s only driven the best F1 cars available at any time to achieve his record. There were probably a number of drivers who could have done great things if they had joined Mercedes when he did. We haven’t seen what he could do in another championship. Many young drivers coming into F1 have done endurance or DTM.

How would he do against Turkington or Sutton in the BTCC ?

Maybe Mercedes would support him with the car and sponsorship?

Maybe the English weather or having to pay UK taxes would be too much for him.

Nampahc Niloc

476 posts

36 months

Tuesday 13th October
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Ok I’ll bite on what I suspect is just a troll post.

Why on Earth would he choose to go to the BTCC? WEC maybe, or even Indy Car (since he seems to be a big fan of American culture) but BTCC is quite a lowly championship in the grand scheme of things.

As it is, given his broad spectrum of interests, I doubt he’ll continue racing once he leaves F1. He will have proven himself at the very elite of the sport and will have nothing else to prove. Expect to see him expand his other interests such as music and fashion. You might see him in a Lauda type role somewhere or just putting more focus on his commission to broaden diversity in the sport.

Finally, as has been stated in other posts (though ignored by all Lewis haters) he is in the top 1% of uk tax payers and probably pays more tax than anyone on Piston Heads (if not everyone combined).

Kraken

1,534 posts

158 months

Tuesday 13th October
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I never get this obsession with Hamiltons taxes. He doesn't live in this country so why on earth should he pay taxes here? How about whining about people dodging vat, claiming fraudulent covid relief etc who do live in this country?

trackdemon

10,622 posts

219 months

Tuesday 13th October
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Perhaps at least one Hamilton could be vaguely decent in BTCC then because the other one isn't there for his speed....

Troll post aside, Lewis spent a fair chunk of time in cars not quick enough to win a championship. Funnily enough, when he didn't rolleyes

Tazar

Original Poster:

195 posts

150 months

Tuesday 13th October
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My remark regarding the BTCC was firstly as a response to Jackie Stewart’s recent remarks about drivers of previous generations driving various other disciplines. Lewis could do “guest” drives in other championships rather than full championships.
I’m sure when he stops F1 he will retain some links with Mercedes so he may still do some driving for them. It could be in championships or historical events like other F1 drivers have done.
He has indicated that he isn’t leaving Motorsport behind by getting involved with the new E rallysport.
I’d be interested to see him against other drivers from other disciplines in rear wheel drive cars which I why I mentioned Turkington and Sutton. Champion of Champions ?
The comment about weather and taxes were “tongue in cheek” remarks that are often thrown into discussions about high achievers in many areas of life who no longer live full time in the UK. The UK does not have the best weather and there are better countries for low rates of tax. Having said that, Lewis has enough money to live and do whatever he wants and I have no problem with that.

williamp

17,217 posts

231 months

Tuesday 13th October
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Kraken said:
I never get this obsession with Hamiltons taxes. He doesn't live in this country so why on earth should he pay taxes here? How about whining about people dodging vat, claiming fraudulent covid relief etc who do live in this country?
...Of course back in thd 60s you had to live in Pariis to avoid tax. Like Clark....

Pericoloso

43,759 posts

121 months

Tuesday 13th October
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Does anybody "want"to do DTM ?
With just 2 manufacturers now , it's not what it used to be .
I doubt Lewis will do any other racing regularly after winning 10 F1 championships.

The Wookie

12,270 posts

186 months

Tuesday 13th October
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Never going to happen in a million years but if you were talking hypothetically I’d say if he jumped in one with no experience he’d do well to be top ten. If he spent a day in one before the race weekend I’d expect him to be challenging for a win.

I’d also be surprised if he rocked up and handed us all our arses. The current elite handful of drivers in BTCC are pretty st hot by most standards and the cars are a pain in the arse to get the last fraction out of consistently.

Centurion07

8,734 posts

205 months

Tuesday 13th October
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I'd love to see someone come on here and ask WTF you^ know about it anyway! rofl

mmm-five

8,173 posts

242 months

Wednesday 14th October
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He'll retire from F1 and become the new Stig...or maybe go back to karting.

Anyway, hasn't already announce plans to become a team boss...currently in Formula Save-The-Planet Offroad (or whatever it's called).

Kraken

1,534 posts

158 months

Wednesday 14th October
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mmm-five said:
He'll retire from F1 and become the new Stig...or maybe go back to karting.

Anyway, hasn't already announce plans to become a team boss...currently in Formula Save-The-Planet Offroad (or whatever it's called).
Owning a team in Extreme E isn't the same thing as being a team principal. It requires essentially zero input from him, just media stuff every now and again.

ArnageWRC

1,168 posts

117 months

Wednesday 14th October
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Tazar said:
My remark regarding the BTCC was firstly as a response to Jackie Stewart’s recent remarks about drivers of previous generations driving various other disciplines. Lewis could do “guest” drives in other championships rather than full championships.
I’m sure when he stops F1 he will retain some links with Mercedes so he may still do some driving for them. It could be in championships or historical events like other F1 drivers have done.
I'd like to see him try other disciplines - but he's never really seemed that enthusiastic about other series; which is a shame. I understand specialisation, but it's a shame more don't at least try 'one off' outings. Saying that, Alonso seems to get flack for attempting other series, for some reason. Loeb has tried others series, as has Dumas, so it still is done.

And, while he is a multi time F1 World Champion, he isn't necessarily the best driver in motorsport......same as in cycling were the Road race world champion isn't necessarily the best cyclist in the world.

The Wookie

12,270 posts

186 months

Wednesday 14th October
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Purely an opinion, my perception is that basically he is driven by his ambition which always been about being the best in F1. He probably derives enjoyment from competing in those cars but less from actually driving them.

Plenty of other successful drivers, Alonso and Button for example, you get the feeling that they have a love for driving racing cars that goes alongside their ambition and career focus. With LH I never get the impression that love is there, achieving his goals and being the best in F1 gives him the financial and personal gratification.

I'd venture a guess he'd never do any motorsport for the sake of it unless he mellows after retirement.

Tazar

Original Poster:

195 posts

150 months

Wednesday 14th October
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The BTCC may only be a national championship but over the years it has attracted some F1 names. Some have been successful, well Tarquini anyway. Our Nigel Mansell tried it and Mark Blundell did last year. Personally I think it is one of the best championships for spectators, particularly on the tv.

Dynion Araf Uchaf

2,577 posts

181 months

Wednesday 14th October
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The Wookie said:
Purely an opinion, my perception is that basically he is driven by his ambition which always been about being the best in F1. He probably derives enjoyment from competing in those cars but less from actually driving them.

Plenty of other successful drivers, Alonso and Button for example, you get the feeling that they have a love for driving racing cars that goes alongside their ambition and career focus. With LH I never get the impression that love is there, achieving his goals and being the best in F1 gives him the financial and personal gratification.

I'd venture a guess he'd never do any motorsport for the sake of it unless he mellows after retirement.
agreed. once Hamilton finishes in F1, that'll be it for his competition career. He'll never drive anything competitively again, probably not even the Goodwood revival. He is a global icon, and I think he has an eye on how he'll be perceived post F1, with lots of environmental, vegan, fashion projects plus hob nobbing with the rich a famous. You might see him in F1 as a brand ambassador for Merc, and he'll do some demo drives of EV's, but he isn't going to race in the BTCC or anywhere else.

stevemcs

4,846 posts

51 months

Wednesday 14th October
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Hopefully it will never happen.

LukeBrown66

242 posts

4 months

Wednesday 14th October
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He wont ever go near national racing again. The ony thing I can see him perhaps doing is NASCAR because he wants to be American anyway!! But I even doubt that, he will probably go into fashion, music or something I guess after he is done.

Pericoloso

43,759 posts

121 months

Wednesday 14th October
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Centurion07 said:
I'd love to see someone come on here and ask WTF you^ know about it anyway! rofl
I'd wager 80% of the posters in the F1 forum have no idea what Wookie does on Sundays .

Many also think Croft is a commentator and not a circuit up north .

Nampahc Niloc

476 posts

36 months

Wednesday 14th October
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Pericoloso said:
I'd wager 80% of the posters in the F1 forum have no idea what Wookie does on Sundays .

Many also think Croft is a commentator and not a circuit up north .
I don’t think anyone would describe Croft as a commentator. They might use many words, but “commentator” is not one of them.

FourWheelDrift

80,792 posts

242 months

Wednesday 14th October
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When he retires the only thing he'll be driving will be a fashion and music empire.