Lewis Hamilton joked that he stands no chance of winning Formula One's proposed race in Miami next year because there are 'so many distractions' including 'a lot of beautiful women'.
The City of Miami Commission announced on Wednesday that it would vote on a street race next week. A further vote would then be put to Miami County later this month, and, if both are approved, the sport will be given the green light to stage a race in downtown Miami in October of next year.
F1 is set to face opposition from a series of local groups, with large parts of the city to be affected by the tabled event, but sources are confident that a deal will now be struck, and saw Wednesday's announcement as a huge step to reaching an agreement.
Lewis Hamilton has had his say on the potential Formula One race coming to Miami next yeariPhone transfer software
The F1 star has a history of partying in Miami and has uploaded various Snapchats from clubs
Hamilton, who holds a four-point championship lead over Sebastian Vettel following his somewhat fortunate triumph in Azerbaijan last weekend, has been known to party in Miami, and jokingly admitted that it might be hard to concentrate only on the race.
'My friend messaged me about Miami, and I was like "I'm not winning that race because Miami is exciting, it is awesome and it is a great party spot",' a grinning Hamilton said.
'Oh jeez, it is going to be a hard weekend. I might have to stay out of town. There are a lot of beautiful women (in Miami) and there is going to be so many distractions.'
Hamilton, 33, was speaking at a UBS sponsors' event in London. The Englishman