Retrieved 09 May 2020, 21:46 IST
Lewis Hamilton fears Formula One running fans will feel “worse than test day” but he feels revived after an unexpected break and is racing to drive again.
The six-time world champion has yet to compete this year, with the season effectively postponed to the week leading up to the Australian Grand Prix.
Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic, fans are unlikely to enter the circuit this season, meaning there may be a lack of any known crowd buzz that could happen at any race weekend.
Hamilton’s home is scheduled for a fortnight after the British Grand Prix, the current plan is to start the season in Austria in July.
Driving at Silverston in front of the empty stand, Hamilton won the six-time run rather than win.
“It really gave me a zero-sum feeling because the fans really made that race,” Hamilton said.
“Around the world, the more fans we run, the more your environment.
“It’s going to be very empty. But the biggest thing is I’m getting messages from people all over the world who are fighting because they can’t see sports, and it just shows how important sports are in people’s lives.
“It brings us all together and it’s so exciting and captivating. I don’t know how exciting it can be for people to watch it on TV, but it can be better than anything.”
In a video interview published by Mercedes on Saturday, Hamilton said: “It’s going to be like a test day for us – probably worse than a test day. There aren’t many people coming to Barcelona on the test day. Look, but there’s still something.
“Here though, there’s no one in your crowd and you’ll see empty seats when you’re driving.
“But racing is racing and I didn’t really get – none of us had – the opportunity to express the potential of our car, so I’m interested in coming back.”
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Hamilton spoke on video calls about finding time to communicate with friends, learning some French, and working on aspects of his fitness that might otherwise be overlooked.
It is no secret that he believes that he has benefited from a break from sports.
“It felt so good not to be so upset, to spend so much time this time, but I miss seeing my team, I miss seeing my friends like everyone else,” he said.
“But in some ways I saw it in the beginning and thought there had been so many times in the last five years or so when I thought to myself it would be better for my mind and my body to rest for a year.
“But you can’t move. I don’t think it’s a good thing for any athlete in their prime to move away for a year and come back.
“Technology is moving so fast, at this rate, you have to be on top of this car and what improvements will be made – not on the cards that are subtotal accepted.
“But we have been given a part-subbital that I enjoy – and I feel more comfortable and healthier than before and strive to keep your mind clear for everyone.
“Some days you are lazy and other days you are positive. The main thing is to stay focused. Find the things you enjoy. Don’t waste this time.”