Hamilton planning for life after Formula 1

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Lewis Hamilton is beginning to plan for life after his Formula 1 career comes to an end, taking inspiration from Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and David Beckham.

Hamilton looks poised to clinch his third F1 drivers’ championship in 2015 after opening up a 53-point lead over Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg at last weekend’s Italian Grand Prix.

The Briton also maintains a life outside of racing, enjoying a celebrity status that has helped to give F1 more exposure in less conventional media and to new audiences.

In an interview with the official F1 website, Hamilton admitted that at the age of 30, he is beginning to plan for life after racing by laying the foundations for future business ventures.

“I am at a point in my life where I know that I have a certain amount of years left in F1 and I am conscious of what will be beyond that,” Hamilton said.

“I look at people like Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and David Beckham – sports stars who have continued to rise beyond their active careers and created businesses and futures for themselves beyond sport.

“Now I am in a phase where I am trying to build foundations to be able to do the same.”

In a wide-ranging interview, Hamilton used recording artist Kanye West as an example of someone who inspired him to look beyond his racing career and explore other avenues.

“Who said that you only should do one thing in life? That you are in one box and that is the only box for you?” Hamilton said.

“People tend to put people in that position – you are a Formula One driver only and that there is nothing else left and right.

“Like with Kanye West: you are a rapper and nothing else. But then people camp in front of the shop that sells his trainers! These shoes were gone in seconds.

“I love that concept – and I am inspired by that. It helps me being open to more opportunities – to be in more than one box. I want to be at least in two boxes!”

However, Hamilton remains focused on the job at hand as he goes in search of a third world championship that would see him emulate his hero, Ayrton Senna.

“In terms of winning this championship, I don’t know what effect it would have on my future life,” Hamilton said.

“What I do know is that it’s been my desire since I was a kid to emulate Ayrton Senna – to get these three world championships. That was always my target.

“If I get these three titles, that would be fantastic. If I think it over, it actually has to be at least three! That is what I am working on.”

When asked if he would let anyone or anything stand in the way of him and the championship, Hamilton was defiant: “I don’t let anybody stand in my way, ever. The only person who could get in my way is myself, and I won’t allow that.”

IndyCar releases schedule for 2023 season

IndyCar schedule 2023
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The NTT IndyCar Series’ 2023 schedule will feature the same number of races and tracks as this season with some minor reshuffling of dates.

IndyCar will open the 2023 season March 5 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, and will conclude Sept. 10 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. The 107th Indy 500 will take place May 28 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 17-race schedule will conclude with a stretch of eight races in the final nine weeks.

“The NTT IndyCar Series is on an impactful upward trajectory, making progress at a pace that befits our thrilling style of competition,” Penske Entertainment Corp. president and CEO Mark Miles said in a release. “The 2023 season provides an opportunity to further build on this trend, bringing our sport and its stars to more markets and households and reaching new consumers across the globe.”

There will be 15 events on NBC: 13 races (including six of the final seven) plus Indy 500 qualifying May 20-21. There also are three races on USA Network and the Toronto race exclusively on Peacock. All races on NBC and USA also will have live simulstreams on Peacock.

In partnership with NBC Sports, the 2022 IndyCar season was the most-watched in six years and the most-watched across NBC Sports on record. The 2022 season also was the most streamed season on record.

“We’re very excited for our 2023 NTT IndyCar Series schedule and to build on this past season’s viewership milestones,” NBC Sports vice president of programming Mike Perman said in a release. “In providing comprehensive coverage across NBC, Peacock and USA Network, NBC Sports is once again looking forward to telling the stories of these world-class drivers and this compelling series.”

Notable elements on the 2023 schedule:

–There will be the same balance of seven road course races, five street courses and five ovals.

–St. Pete will be the season opener for the 13th time.

–The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix will move from Belle Isle to the streets of downtown.

–The NASCAR doubleheader weekend at the IMS road course will shift to mid-August.

–The World Wide Technology Raceway event will move from Saturday to Sunday.

Start times for the 2023 events will be announced at a later date.

Here’s the 2023 IndyCar schedule:

Date Race/Track Network/Platform
Sun., March 5 Streets of St. Petersburg NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 2 Texas Motor Speedway NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 16 Streets of Long Beach NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 30 Barber Motorsports Park NBC, Peacock
Sat., May 13 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) NBC, Peacock
Sun., May 28 The 107th Indianapolis 500 NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 4 Streets of Detroit NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 18 Road America USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 2 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 16 Streets of Toronto Peacock
Sat., July 22 Iowa Speedway – Race 1 NBC, Peacock
Sun., July 23 Iowa Speedway – Race 2 NBC, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 6 Streets of Nashville NBC, Peacock
Sat., Aug. 12 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) USA Network, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 27 World Wide Technology Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 3 Portland International Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 10 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca NBC, Peacock

*dates and networks/platforms are subject to change