F1: Lewis Hamilton enters the panic room on Men In Blazers (VIDEO)

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Outside the track, one of Lewis Hamilton’s biggest passions is soccer.

The two-time Formula One World Champion been a longtime supporter of Premier League team Arsenal, and wrote in his 2008 autobiography that if he had not become a driver, he likely would have pursued a career on the pitch.

Growing up, he even had future Manchester United standout Ashley Young as a teammate on his school’s team.

“I was one of the smaller players, and [Young] was even smaller than me,” Hamilton recalled in his recent visit to Roger Bennett and Michael Davies’ panic room on NBCSN’s Men in Blazers.

“At the time, you’d just push him off the ball [laughs]. The big guys would just be out to push him off but obviously, he’s grown up, he’s now a big, strapping lad…I was crazy. I was always center midfield, but I would play the position of forward and defense, so I was up and down like crazy.”

For more on Hamilton’s love of the game – and for the Gunners – check out his full interview with Roger and Michael in the clip above.

Sergio Perez wins rain-delayed race in Singapore over Leclerc; Verstappen seventh

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SINGAPORE — Max Verstappen’s Formula One title celebrations were put on hold after the Red Bull driver placed seventh at a chaotic Singapore Grand Prix, won by his teammate Sergio Perez on Sunday.

Perez’s second win of the season saw him finish 7.6 seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, with Leclerc’s teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. in third place.

Perez was investigated for a potential safety car infringement but still kept the win after a 5-second time penalty for dropping too far back after being warned.

Verstappen had won the past five races but needed to win here and finish 22 points ahead of Leclerc to be crowned champion for a second straight season. That could happen next weekend at the Japanese GP.

Verstappen made a mistake after the second safety car restart, following AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda’s crash on Lap 36. When Verstappen tried to overtake Lando Norris’ McLaren, he locked his tires and needed to pit again.

Leclerc started from pole position with Verstappen going from eighth after a team blunder in qualifying.

The race start was delayed by more than an hour to clear water off the Marina Bay Circuit track following heavy rainfall. Drivers had to finish the 61-lap race within a two-hour window; 59 laps were completed.

Tricky conditions saw the virtual safety car deployed three times and DRS was allowed with about 30 minutes remaining.

Perez made a good start and jumped past Leclerc while Verstappen dropped several places. The first safety car was on Lap 8 when Zhou Guanyu’s Alfa Romeo was cut off by Nicholas Latifi’s Williams.

Perez got away cleanly at the restart, while Verstappen climbed into seventh behind Fernando Alonso – whose 350th F1 race ended disappointingly when his engine failed on Lap 21, bringing out the first VSC.

With the track still damp, drivers decided against changing to quicker tires – apart from Mercedes’ George Russell, who struggled for grip.

Hamilton made a rare mistake on Lap 33 and thudded into the crash barrier. Soon after, the leading drivers changed tires in a flurry of stops. They did so just before the safety car was deployed again following Tsunoda’s error.

Verstappen overtook Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin right at the end for seventh place.