With the start of the 2014 football World Cup neatly bisecting the grands prix in Canada and Austria, it was inevitable that those assembled at the opening press conference of the Montreal weekend would be asked who they'd be following.

With two Britons, two Germans, a Brazilian and a Japanese in attendance, each had a 'dog in the fight', but it was perhaps a little surprising to find that more than one had less than a passing interest in the beautiful game.

With Lewis Hamilton, currently embroiled in an F1 title fight with Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, having previously shown his awareness of sports outside the grand prix bubble, it was perhaps inevitable that he would be the most passionate when it came to discussing how much each would be paying attention to events in Brazil.

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"I don't follow it as much [as I used to], but I will probably catch a few games - and I want to try and see if we can go out to one of the games at least," he hinted, "The dream will be to go and watch Brazil and England play... that would be pretty awesome."

Hamilton's fervour was maybe only topped, amongst the sextet, by Williams' Felipe Massa, whose homeland not only hosts the competition, but also stands a realistic chance of lifting the trophy for a sixth time.

"I love football," the Brazilian exclaimed, "I watch everything, so I will maybe be watching most of the games. I really hope that Brazil can be there in the final. To win the championship at home would be fantastic, so I will be there watching and supporting Brazil..."

Adrian Sutil, meanwhile, also looks set to be a regular in front of the television over the next four weeks, with the Sauber driver having not one, but two, teams to support thanks to his parentage.

"I'll be watching, cheering for Uruguay and Germany, because I'm half Uruguayan," he reminded the assembled media.

Surprisingly, given his nation's prowess at the round ball game, and with fellow countrymen Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel being paraded in personalised German team shirts, Nico Hulkenberg admitted to not following football too closely.

"I hope that Germany is going to be good, but I'm not a football expert," the Force India ace confessed, "However I'm sure I'm going to be behind [sic] the TV, following the World Cup."

Likewise, McLaren's Jenson Button conceded that he had only a passing interest in the game, but the 2009 world champion insisted that he would be getting behind the British effort.

"I'm not a massive football fan, and I don't support a team, but, when it comes to nationalities, countries playing, obviously I will be supporting England and I'm really looking forward to it," he claimed.

All of which leaves Kamui Kobayashi, who was unfortunately asked to kick off the round of views.

"Me? On soccer?" the Caterham veteran grimaced, "I don't really care, so I don't follow anything. All I know is that Japan is not really strong...."