VIDEO: Lewis Hamilton on TODAY Show, talks about F1 in the U.S.

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Ahead of this weekend’s United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, Formula 1 world championship leader Lewis Hamilton appeared on NBC’s TODAY Show in a segment with Josh Elliott.

Droves of fans came down to the plaza outside the TODAY studio to see Hamilton and his Mercedes W05 Hybrid car, with the Briton posing for photos and spending some time to meet his loyal supporters on Wednesday morning.

Hamilton briefly spoke about the growth of Formula 1’s popularity in the USA following the sport’s return in 2012 following a five-year hiatus.

“I do, definitely,” Hamilton said when asked if he could feel the support growing in the US. “It’s definitely building. There are people here who are really passionate about competition and sports, so I just want to get more people involved.”

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Matt Damon meets the Stanley Cup and learns a new rule

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INDIANAPOLIS — Before waving the green flag for the biggest race in the world, Boston sports fan Matt Damon received an introduction to a hallowed trophy from another pro sport.

The actor enjoyed a visit with the Stanley Cup, which his Bruins will be vying to capture when they battle the St. Louis Blues at 8 p.m. Monday night in Game 1 of the NHL’s Stanley Cup Finals.

“Am I allowed to touch it? Wow,” Damon said.

He then briefly tried to lift it before a quick admonishment that “You can only do it when you win.”

“Oh, that’s fair,” Damon said, adding. “Let’s go Bruins! Come on!”

Watch Damon’s introduction to the Stanley Cup in the video above or by clicking here.