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Lewis Hamilton: Growing celebrity profile ‘can only be a good thing’


Lewis Hamilton believes that his growing celebrity profile away from Formula 1 “can only be a good thing” as he begins to think about his post-racing life.

Three-time world champion Hamilton is one of the most visible drivers to have raced in F1, gracing red carpets all over the world and enjoying a number of other pursuits, including music recording.

The Briton has come under fire at times for his off-track lifestyle, with ex-Renault F1 chief Flavio Briatore telling Hamilton last year that he should focus more on his racing duties.

However, Hamilton is planning for a post-F1 life away from racing, and believes that his growing celebrity status and public awareness will help this.

“I think it can only be a good thing for me,” Hamilton told the official F1 website.

“As long as I deliver and people recognize me as much in the car as on the red carpet then I still have something when I stop racing.

“Pretty much most drivers are recognized in the car, but as soon as they are on the red carpet nobody knows the hell who they are.

“That’s why many end up in the paddock again – and I have plans to do something very different!”

Pagenaud leads no-tow times in Sunday practice

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Sunday practice ahead of Day 2 of qualifying for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 was split into two groups – one for the drivers who ended Saturday qualifying in positions 10-33, and one for the drivers who made the Fast Nine Shootout for the Pole.

In the combined times, Ryan Hunter-Reay was fastest overall. But, Simon Pagenaud topped the all-important no-tow speeds with a lap of 229.409 mph.

Pagenaud’s Team Penske teammates Helio Castroneves, Josef Newgarden, and Will Power were second, third, and fourth on the no-tow chart – and they were also the only four drivers from the Top 9 who went out for practice.

Of the drivers who qualifying between positions 10 through 33, Alexander Rossi had the quickest no-tow speed of 227.779 mph.

Combined results are below. Qualifying begins at 2:30 p.m. ET.