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Lewis Hamilton brushes off criticism about his lifestyle

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Three-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has brushed off criticism about his lifestyle, saying that he feels comfortable as a person both on and off-track.

Hamilton is widely regarded as being F1’s biggest name, enjoying a celebrity profile away from racing that complements his success in the series.

Hamilton’s off-track antics came under scrutiny towards the end of last year when he was involved in a car accident in Monaco after he celebrated winning a third championship.

Former boss Ron Dennis said that he would not have tolerated Hamilton’s lifestyle at McLaren, but the Briton remains adamant that his antics away from the track have no impact on his results.

“Everyone has their own way of working, but I’m certainly not taking it easy at the track or driving the car,” Hamilton told German publication Auto Motor und Sport.

“I haven’t got to be a triple world champion just through luck. There’s a reason I can [have] that number of race wins. I prepare at home before in my room, or on the flight.

“Do I enjoy my life? Absolutely. You can call it as you want. All people are different. It’s good when a character is unique.

“There are still far too many people who think that they have to adapt to be accepted.

“The more people who break out of this bubble and find themselves, the better.”

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

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IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.