World Cup 2018: Lewis Hamilton teases F1 officials and jokes he will watch England vs Sweden over media duties at Silverstone

LEWIS HAMILTON jokingly teased F1 officials by hinting he may miss Saturday's press conference after qualifying at Silverstone to watch England in action at the World Cup.

The Three Lions' quarter-final clash against Sweden kicks off just as qualifying is set to finish at the British star's home Grand Prix – meaning it will clash with his media commitments.

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 Lewis Hamilton joked with an F1 official about watching the England game on Saturday

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Lewis Hamilton joked with an F1 official about watching the England game on Saturday

The 33-year-old has avidly followed Gareth Southgate's men and he has cleared his diary on July 15 to head to Russia for the World Cup final.

When talking about the World Cup, Hamilton cheekily turned to an official and asked: "I was actually going to ask, what is the penalty for missing the press conference on Saturday?

The official laughed and said: "It's negotiable."

The four-time world champion added: "I want to be watching the game. I had to watch the game on my phone the other day but at least I got to see it."

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Lewis Hamilton has cleared his diary to visit Russia for the World Cup final

Hamilton wished his fellow countrymen well ahead of their crunch game on Saturday and recalls his early passion for football.

He added: "I can only imagine the boys are definitely on a high at the moment, they just need to commit.

"I hope they are sleeping and eating well, because that is a large part of it and ultimately go out there and enjoy themselves, there's so much pressure on them.

"Obviously it being a World Cup but there's so much support for them, England is just known for such excited fans.

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"You see it here, you see it at stadiums, even myself watching the other day – I don't watch enough football.

"I played it as a kid and I was massively passionate about it, I used to collect all the  stickers and stamps for magazines, books etc.

"Just watching on the edge of your seat, the passion is crazy, everyone is watching their country play, it's it's in your DNA and it's so exciting.

"I have booked my day off next Sunday, I will keep it free as I want to be in Russia that day."

LEWIS HAMILTON jokingly teased F1 officials by hinting he may miss Saturday's press conference after qualifying at Silverstone to watch England in action at the World Cup.