Lewis Hamilton’s “new best buddy” could be accompanying the Mercedes driver at the Grands Prix this season, should Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone make arrangements to let a dog inside the paddock.
The 28-year-old has a pet bulldog, named Roscoe, with the 2008 world champion intent to keep it with him as much as he can during the busy season.
"My mum has about five dogs, my dad has a dog as well, but I have always wanted a dog of my own, and I've never had the opportunity to do it, so I just went for it," Hamilton was quoted saying by Reuters.
"I've got him a passport, he's going to travel around with me. I've asked Bernie for a pass, so fingers crossed he'll give me it," he added referring to the fact that animals are not allowed at circuits due to safety concerns.
Hamilton has joined Mercedes for the next three seasons, from McLaren where he spent his first six years in Formula 1, and had already started “grilling” the new team to push development.
“There's not much more I can do, apart from just keep nagging," he explained.
However, should he be able to grab pole position or even win a race this season, Hamilton has infused with the team so much already that he may let out a few expressions in German.
"I know one (word), but I don't plan on using it ever," he said. "It's wunderbar. I plan on using that as much as I can."