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Lewis Hamilton wants to go to space!

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Lewis Hamilton said he would happily give up his Formula 1 racing career to train to become an astronaut.

Fans need not worry however as the current leader of the world championship, who could conquer his fourth title in Austin this weekend, was obviously joking.

Still, the Mercedes driver was impressed by his visit to NASA's Johnson Space Center facility in Houston, which Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen had also visited earlier in the day.

Hamilton was particularly impressed with the center's training pool, but also with the astronaut's typical kit as he tried on a special helmet.

The driver's comment on social media of his day in Houston was pretty self-explanatory.

'So fricking happy today, seriously losing my sh** today on this tour.'

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