Lewis Hamilton to carry Olympic torch

FORMULA ONE racing star Lewis Hamilton will be carrying the Olympic torch next week.

The 27-year-old former world champion, who grew up in Stevenage, is due to run with the flame next Monday, a day after it goes through his home town.

Hamilton had been asked to take part in the Stevenage leg but will be on the grid at Silverstone for the British Grand Prix on Sunday when the torch goes through the town at around midday.

He said: “I am so honoured to have been asked to do it. I never in a million years would have thought I’d get to do something so cool. I have no idea where I’ll be running but it’s great to be the one.”

Monday’s leg of the relay sets off from Luton with torch carrying in Milton Keynes, Buckingham, Bicester and Oxford.