Lewis Hamilton says that without spectators, the British Grand Prix will not be the same, but that he is almost ready
“It made me feel very empty, because the fans are really making that race”: Lewis Hamilton says the British Grand Prix without spectators will not be the same, but he dares to get back to work … with plans for Silverstone to go always in July
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Six-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton says the prospect of a spectator-less home British Grand Prix leaves him blank inside, but he’s still able to get going after months of waiting.
None of the drivers have raced since December, the season has stalled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are plans to start behind closed doors in Austria and then Silverstone in July.
“It made me feel really empty, because the fans are really making that race,” said Hamilton – a six-time home-grown record winner – in a video interview released on Saturday by his Mercedes team.
Lewis Hamilton says the British Grand Prix will not be the same without fans, but is ready to go
All over the world, the more fans there are, the more atmosphere you have, which is why you have places like Silverstone and Monza. So it gets very empty.
“I don’t know how exciting it will be for people watching on TV, but it will get better than nothing,” added the 35-year-old Briton.
“For us it will be a test day, probably even worse than a test day, in the sense that not many people come to Barcelona on a test day, but there are still a few.”
The champion, who has houses in Monaco and the United States and had a busy lifestyle before the crisis, did not reveal his location.
Hamilton is expected to be able to defend his Silverstone title scheduled for July
He said he enjoyed the downtime and described himself as a generally calm albeit workaholic person.
‘I am amazing. This is the first time I can remember being in one place for six weeks, ”he said.
“I’m excited to come back in, I really miss it. On the one hand, this was almost a blessing because it gives you more appreciation for the things you enjoy and do.
“This has given me more energy and inspiration and determination to keep delivering and working with this great team.”
Hamilton said that his weight remained the same and that he concentrated on training weaknesses, such as calf exercises that he normally found boring, but which he acknowledged were important.
No Formula 1 drivers have raced since December due to the COVID-19 pandemic
He’d also done some gaming and signed up for a six-week online course.
‘I’ve always wanted to learn a language and I don’t know any other languages yet. I find it embarrassing when people ask about it, ”he said. “I did French at school, it was all I did.
“When I do things, I do it to the limit, so I sit down and basically do it within two hours,” Hamilton added. “I just do a week a day.