Lewis Hamilton explains why he WON’T race Charles Leclerc in F1 virtual races | F1 | Sport

Lewis Hamilton has explained why he hasn’t participated in any F1 virtual races during the coronavirus pandemic. The likes of Charles Leclerc, Alex Albon and George Russell have all been taking part on what would have been Grand Prix Sundays.

The next is tomorrow when the Spanish Grand Prix would have taken place.

The three above as well as Lando Norris, Antonio Giovinazzi, and Nicholas Latifi have all been confirmed as racers from the current grid.

And they will be joined by Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, Barcelona’s Arthur Melo and Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

Hamilton has explained his absence though as he doesn’t like the game that is used for the events.

“I play a little, but I’m not interested in those racing games. You see other drivers play it, but I don’t like those games. Sony did send me a whole setup for Gran Turismo,” Hamilton said.

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“Normally you would happen with people, but now you have to reach them in a different way.”

The six-time F1 world champion has explained he is quite enjoying his time away from the track with the enforced lockdown because of the crisis.

Hamilton said: “There have been times in the past five years that I thought a rest would be good for body and mind.

“For an athlete in their prime, it’s never a good thing to step away for a year but we have been handed a part-sabbatical, which I am enjoying.”

The 35-year-old added: “I feel fresher and healthier than ever.”

The Briton believes staying is busy is crucial for everyone during these tough times of isolation.

“The struggle for everyone I think is keeping your mind clear. Some days you’re sluggish and other days you’re positive,” he said.

“But the key is trying to remain centred, find things you enjoy doing that you perhaps haven’t had time to do in the past.

“Don’t waste this time. That’s a really important thing – not to waste this time.”

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