F1 champion Lewis Hamilton praises Formula E’s progress but will always remain a petrol head

LEWIS HAMILTON is conflicted about the emissions Formula One pumps into the atmosphere but will always remain a petrol head.

The five-time world champion has praised Formula E for their progress but says he will never be an 'electric head'.

 Lewis Hamilton is uncomfortable with the emissions F1 produces

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Lewis Hamilton is uncomfortable with the emissions F1 produces

Hamilton said: "It’s a difficult one because I’m conflicted.

"The gasses that we emit with our cars are not particularly helpful for the climate and for the world, so on one side that’s a concern for me but on the other side, as a racing fan, I’m a petrol head and I will always be a petrol head.

"There will never be a time when I’m an electric head."

The 33-year-old won his 10th race of the season in Brazil and the 72nd of his F1 career – just 19 short of matching Michael Schumacher's all-time record.

 The British champion won his fifth title this season with two races to go

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The British champion won his fifth title this season with two races to go

The Brit has praised FE's rapid progress as the all-electric championship begins its fifth season in Saudi Arabia in December.

But Hamilton insists despite FE's rise, it still has a long way to go before it can be compared to F1.

The Mercedes driver said: "I think it’s great what Formula E are doing and it’s a great start.

"It’s great to see all the top brands – Audi, BMW, Mercedes – are all getting heavily invested because, particularly on the roads – just coming here [Brazil], for example – you see the traffic every single day, there are thousands and thousands of cars on the road.

 Sebastien Buemi at testing preparing for the new Formula E season in December

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Sebastien Buemi at testing preparing for the new Formula E season in December

Hamilton added: "I don’t think you are ever going to compare Formula One and Formula E.

"Maybe in five, ten years maybe, but the technology that we have, it’s quite far advanced compared to what they would be having and they’re slower than Formula Ford at the moment so they’ve got a long way to catch the speed of a Formula One car.

"I don’t know if that’s their target but I think it’s really impressive.

"I’ve been watching their cars on social media and they look pretty cool, so I wish them all the best and looking forward to seeing it progress."

Five time Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton gives touching statement to fans and supporters for his victory in Mexico

LEWIS HAMILTON is conflicted about the emissions Formula One pumps into the atmosphere but will always remain a petrol head.