Hamilton unmoved by Le Mans, others eager to try it

Thu Jun 18, 2015 2:28pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

SPIELBERG, Austria (Reuters) - Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton bucked a trend on Thursday by expressing no interest in competing in the Le Mans 24 Hours race.

While rivals made no secret of their desire to emulate Force India's Nico Hulkenberg, who won the race on Sunday with Porsche team mates Earl Bamber and Nick Tandy, Hamilton remained unmoved.

"I didn't watch it, I honestly don't think I've ever seen Le Mans," the Mercedes driver told reporters at the Austrian Grand Prix.

"It's not something I've ever been particularly interested in. I naturally love cars but it's not been something I ever wanted to do so I don't plan to."

The view elsewhere was very different, with Hulkenberg congratulated on his triumph and hailed as a trailblazer in becoming the first active F1 driver to win Le Mans since 1991.

Brazilian Felipe Massa, a race winner with Ferrari and on pole in Austria for Williams last year, said it was something he would like to do one day.

"To race there? Yeah, I think so," he said. "The best car after Formula One is what they are using there...I think it's amazing.

"Maybe I think about going there because of the car and some interesting races they have."   Continued...

Race stewards attend the Le Mans 24 Hours sportscar race in Le Mans, central France June 14, 2015. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe