Hamilton runs on empty but looks on bright side

Sports | 29 Apr 2020

World champion Lewis Hamilton says Formula 1's coronavirus suspension had left a big void in his life as the sport waits to see if it can return in July.

Hamilton, who began go-karting as a child, said he misses racing daily after the F1 season failed to get under way.

"This is the first time since I was eight that I haven't started a season," the British Mercedes driver posted on Instagram.

F1 bosses are now hoping to start the delayed season at the Austrian Grand Prix on July 5, while fans will be barred from the British Grand Prix on July 19.

However, Hamilton said the virus shutdown was not all bad news.

"Today, we see clearer skies all over the world, less animals being slaughtered for our pleasure simply because our demands are much lower and everyone is staying in," the 35-year-old said.

"Let's not come back the same as we went into this tough time, let's come out of it with better knowledge of our world, changing our personal choices and habits."

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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