Seven-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has revealed that he’s digging back into the past to let off steam during what is proving to be a demanding season.
Hamilton was infamously beaten to the title last season by Max Verstappen in controversial circumstances, but rule changes this year have caused a large amount of disruption for F1 teams, with Hamilton’s Mercedes outfit struggling to adapt. As a result, he’s 88 points off championship leader Verstappen and is yet to claim a race win.
Prior to the first practice session of this weekend’s Canadian GP, Hamilton spoke of his desire to play some classic video games (thanks, Daily Star):
I just had this itch to play old games. I found an old Nintendo 64 in my storage and bought golden eye.
Then, when I landed [in Canada]I went to get Mario Kart but they didn’t have it, so I bought a Sega Genesis and they had the Senna game and I thought, ‘this is perfect’. So I’ve been spending the last couple of nights driving the Senna game.
The ‘Senna’ game Hamilton is referring to is Ayrton Senna’s Super Monaco GP IIa 16-bit racer which carried an official endorsement from the late F1 superstar – one of Hamilton’s personal heroes.
Three-time world champion Senna died in 1994 as a result of an accident during the San Marino Grand Prix. Horizon Chase Turbo recently paid tribute to him with a special DLC expansion.