Lewis Hamilton has revealed he only became an Arsenal fan because his sister beat him up when he was a youngster.
Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix, the Mercedes driver and reigning Formula One World Champions told Martin Brundle and Simon Lazenby that he had been a huge fan of the Gunners since around the age of five.
However, he added that it was a scrap with his sister that actually convinced him to be a fully fledged Gooner.
And perhaps if he hadn’t shown such a passion for motor racing he could have become a Gunners great with Hamilton revealing he also had a knack for football as a youngster, but hadn’t played it a lot in recent years.
“I grew to love the team with Ian Wright, obviously at the time,” Hamilton told Sky Sports.
“I haven’t played football for a long time. I wasn’t bad when I was a kid, mainly because I was so energetic I played centre midfield and I would do the work with upfront and defence so I was running twice the amount of yardage.”
Both Hamilton and Arsenal look in contention for top honours this season with the Gunners in the midst of an exciting but unlikely title challenge whilst also having the opportunity to defend their FA Cup title if they can overcome Reading in their Wembley semi-final next week.
Hamilton meanwhile stands first in the Formula One driver’s Championship this season after just two races and looks set for another pole in Shanghai this weekend after an impressive practice session which saw him record a lap half a second quicker than his nearest rival, according to the BBC.