Le Castellet, France - Lewis Hamilton will risk losing his focus on this Sunday's French Grand Prix by watching England play a World Cup match shortly before the race.
The four-time world champion said he will try to do two things at once - prepare for the race and support England when they play Panama.
"It's going to be a little harder to focus on the race because we will be watching it," he told reporters on Thursday.
"The game will be on TV here and l am sure my guys will try to keep an eye on both things at the same time - as will I.
"Naturally, every time this championship comes around, you hope for something special to happen for England. In my lifetime it's not been great for us, but we have a good team and England deserve at some time to win the World Cup.