Hamilton: ‘Worse than a test day’

Six-time Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton is torn about the idea of the 2020 racing season starting without spectators.

F1 is eyeing a return to action behind closed doors in early July after the coronavirus pandemic forced the postponement or cancelation of the campaign’s first 10 races.

“For us, it is going to be like a test day, probably even worse than a test day in a sense. In a test day, there’s not a huge amount of people … that come to watch, but there are still some, whereas here, you’re gonna have nobody in the crowd and you’re just gonna see empty seats as you’re driving down,” Hamilton said Saturday on Mercedes’ YouTube channel.

However, Hamilton also believes people need F1 racing to get through these trying times.

“It’s going to be very empty, but what’s great (about a return to racing) is I’m getting messages from people around the world who are struggling during this period because they’re not getting to watch sports, and it just shows how significant sport is in people’s lives,” the 35-year-old said. “It brings us all together, and it’s so exciting and captivating. I don’t know how exciting it’s going to be for people watching on TV, but it’s going to be better than nothing.”Twitter

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