Three-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton laughed off a suggestion that he could take a year out from racing in 2017.
Hamilton enjoys a celebrity profile away from F1 that few drivers in the history of the sport have known, gracing red carpets all over the world and living a jet-set lifestyle.
Ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix, it was suggested in a couple of British newspapers that Hamilton could take a year out from racing in 2017 to pursue his off-track interests.
However, when asked about it after qualifying on Saturday in Barcelona, Hamilton made clear he was not even thinking about taking a sabbatical.
“A year out? No way!” Hamilton said.
“The guy whoever wrote that was smoking something. Probably good stuff.”
Hamilton’s tough start to the 2016 season continued in Spain on Sunday when he crashed out on the first lap in an accident involving Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.
The clash was deemed to be a racing incident with neither driver taking the blame, but it has nevertheless left Hamilton still staring down the barrel of a 43-point deficit to Rosberg in the drivers’ championship.