Lewis Hamilton has bemoaned the lack of overtaking in the top flight, whilst admitting that he would be keen to have the opportunity to race a current Formula One car around Brands Hatch following his brief crowd-pleasing outing there last weekend.

The McLaren-Mercedes star took to the Kent circuit at the wheel of his MP4-23 during the DTM's British round and, though he confessed that his short run had whetted his appetite for more, he was quick to point out that the current difficulty of passing in the upper echelon made any grand prix 'boring' - regardless of the nature of the track.

"Brands Hatch is one of those historical circuits that have a lot of character to them," Hamilton stated. "It's not one of the new circuits that are potentially just flat and boring. The GP circuit offers a lot; it's very, very challenging mentally because you've got a lot of undulations.

"Turn one is pretty incredible - you're trying to get the car on the limit there - and then you get out to the forests at the back, up the straight, uphill and then downhill. To remember it all and put all the sectors together [is something] I always found very challenging.

"It's not as long as the majority of the F1 circuits we race at now, but it would be good fun to get out there in a real F1 car. We saw [in the DTM and F3 Euroseries races over the weekend] that there wasn't much overtaking, so there would be probably no overtaking whatsoever in F1 because it's such a fast circuit, but I wouldn't argue if they wanted to have the British Grand Prix here!

"We do need to be able to follow closely and do more overtaking, for sure, because it gets boring. Look at the last race in Valencia - there was no overtaking at all - so it can be a bit dull. I definitely support the move to try and make F1 more exciting.

"In terms of a physical challenge and getting the car ready, Valencia was just the same as any other circuit. The problem was you couldn't get close to other cars, which is the same at a lot of the circuits we have.

"I think we put on a great show, but you saw there wasn't any overtaking. I don't know what the answer to that is, but I do know I was working my ass off in the race and doing the best job I could."

The Stevenage-born ace was also forthright in his views about the future of the British Grand Prix - set to move to Donington Park from 2010, albeit with doubts over both the venue's suitability to host F1 and whether it will even be ready in time - and about how he has benefited since arriving in F1 with such a bang last year.

"I don't think that will happen," he urged, when asked about the possibility of there being no British Grand Prix on the sport's calendar in the near future. "I think you can see that motorsport has grown here; we've got so many teams in Britain, there are so many fans and so much support. The people in this country love motorsport, and I'm sure they won't go a year without a grand prix. I feel confident that won't happen.

"Since being in F1 I've been fortunate enough to meet Bill Clinton - which was pretty unreal, and a really very honoured moment for me - and also Mr Nelson Mandela. There are lots of great things about it. Driving the car is obviously one of the top things, but there are lots of perks which come with the job too.

"I have great experiences where I have to do sponsors' events; I get to meet lots of new people in all different countries, get to learn a little bit of the lingo in each country I go to and experience the culture.

"The events we get to do are always exciting and new challenges, like filming for commercials, learning to speak in front of thousands of people, meeting lots of little kids and putting smiles on their faces and just making people happy.

"I think people can see me and they can understand me. I think in terms of inspiring kids to do well in racing, they can see me as a racing driver, they know what I do and they know my dedication. If they watch closely, they can see why I do what I do so well.

"That's not just me doing it in the car; it's the people around me and the circle that I'm in, the way I deal with myself and handle people around me. I hope I inspire them to do well."


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