LEWIS HAMILTON is clearly gunning for pole at the Russian Grand Prix after getting to grips with a hefty weapon on a Royal Navy vessel.
The British ace paid a flying visit to HMS Middleton today, which is deployed in the Gulf.
And while on board the giant ship, Hamilton got the chance to fire a MINIGUN – minus the ammunition.
The Formula One ace looked in awe as he was shown how to use the devastating piece of machinery.
But whether Hamilton can take inspiration from his day out on the high seas remains to be seen, with Sebastian Vettel making a beeline for the title this season.
The duo appear to be locked for top spot, with the German winning in Australia and Bahrain while Hamilton won in China.
And the Mercedes superstar knows he will need to put in a stellar performance to take home the goods on April 30.
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However, Hamilton is sure to have picked up a few tips while on board HMS Middleton, which the Royal Navy claims ‘detects, investigates and destroys sea-bed threats with the use of high powered sonar, remote underwater vehicles and divers.”
She has been in the Gulf for over two years and isn’t scheduled to return to Portsmouth until next year.