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F1 star Lewis Hamilton admits he was apprehensive ahead of ‘Hot Ones’ appearance: ‘How can I get out of this?’

Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton broke a sweat during his highly-anticipated appearance on “Hot Ones,” a popular internet series where celebrities are interviewed while eating wings that get increasingly spicer.

But, Hamilton contemplated skipping his “Hot Ones” appearance altogether, citing his uneasiness over the spice challenge. The Formula One driver even considered backing out of his commitment as he was making his way to the studio. 

“Even on the way here I was honestly like, “how can I get out of this?’” Hamilton admitted.

But, Hamilton also noted that his busy schedule also played a role leading up to the appearance.

“A part of it was scheduling [conflicts] but most of it was like, “‘I don’t know if I can do it,'” he said.


The British driver seemed relatively unphased by the first few wings, but he was noticeably surprised by the spiciness of the fifth wing.

‘Holy s–t, it’s hard to talk,’ Hamilton said.

Lewis Hamilton in November 2022

The sixth wing was coated in the “Da Bomb Beyond Insanity” sauce, which the driver seemed to struggle to consume.

But, Hamilton eventually made it through the interview, and toward the end he seemed willing to take another swing at the sauce.

“It hurts when I breathe … Do we go in again? We should just send it,” he said.

Lewis Hamilton gets ready

At one point in the sit down, Hamilton did touch on the harrowing experience he had while surfing with 11-time World Surfing League champion Kelly Slater.

“It was 20-foot waves and Kelly was like ‘There’s no way you’re coming out there,'” Hamilton said.

“As I started to try to paddle in, I got sucked into the kill zone. I turn around and see this set of four waves coming. [I thought], ‘It’s over, it’s all over.'”

Hamilton said his surf board was ripped from under him and he nearly drowned.”

“I could hear this wave crash above me,” he recalled. “My board got ripped off and snapped in half. I came back up gasping for air but the next one was coming so I went back down… I nearly ran out of air, I nearly drowned.”

In February, Hamilton revealed his intentions to switch from Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS to Scuderia Ferrari at the conclusion of the 2024 season. All seven of Hamilton’s championships have come with Mercedes.

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