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.

Supercross: Talon Hawkins to debut in Houston in relief of Jalek Swoll


Talon Hawkins, 19, will make his Monster Energy Supercross debut on a 250 this week in Houston, Texas as a fill-in rider for Jalek Swoll.

During the Anaheim 2 weekend, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team announced Swoll underwent successful surgery to repair a broken arm suffered in a practice crash.

That same weekend, Hawkins made some noise. He took the lead from teammate Casey Cohran on Lap 2 of the 250 SX Futures Main and led for three laps before he was overtaken by eventual winner Daxton Bennick. Cochran also got around him to push Hawkins to third.

This will not be Hawkins SuperMotocross professional debut, however; he made three Lucas Oil Pro Motocross starts last year with results of 19th at Spring Creek in Millville, Minnesota, 27th at Ironman in Crawfordsville, Indiana and a best finish of 17th in the season finale at Fox Raceway in Pala, California.

Hawkins also has a top-10 finish in the 125 All-Star division at Pala in 2019 riding a Husqvarna.

Speaking with RacerXOnline.com before the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals, Hawkins predicted his future with Husqvarna would come down to how he performed in that race.

“It all just comes down to how I perform at Loretta’s,” Hawkins said. “Say I do really well, I get a top three in both classes and do a pretty solid job, I would like to go pro and just kind of finish out the rest of the series. But there’s also the option of waiting a little bit longer, going back out to [Aldon] Baker’s [Factory] or going anywhere and training, and just being prepared. I’m also open to that too. Honestly, it’s whatever the team wants. Whatever we think is the best option is what we’re going to go with. So, I don’t really have a plan right now, just looking into the future.”

Hawkins finished third overall in the 125 B/C and Schoolboy divisions at the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals.