Newly crowned Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton swapped the race track for a wrestling ring during a promotional event ahead of the Sunday's Mexico Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton gives wrestling a try

Lewis Hamilton gives wrestling a try

On Wednesday, the 30-year-old F1 star climbed into the ring with professional wrestlers Mistico and Mephisto at Arena Mexico, the home of Lucha Libre wrestling.

"I've seen this on TV, in movies, but to actually be there and be in the ring is really cool," said Hamilton.

The British driver managed to kick Mistico in the midriff before wowing the crowd with a cross body slam that left his opponent prone on the canvas. Hamilton was carried on the shoulders of Mephisto in celebration, before he watched a demonstration by the two professionals.

"They were talking about just doing a very simple manoeuvre but I wanted to really do it. Hopefully you were kind of impressed by my wrestling moves. Maybe when I retire I'll come back," he said.

Hamilton is in Mexico for the inaugural race at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit on Sunday, as Formula One returns to Mexico for the first time since 1992.

"I want to win the race," he said. "I'm going to keep pushing for sure. Especially when it's a new circuit, you always want to be the one to put your stamp down and be the first.

"From the simulator, it looks fantastic.

"Very, very tricky and not just another track, because we're very high it's hugely demanding for us with the down-force and thin air. It's going to be physically probably one of the toughest races."