Lewis Hamilton’s Instagram went into overdrive forward of the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix, as he posted a video of him taking part in a retro racing online game, with Hamilton revealing in Montreal that he’d felt the necessity to scratch an 80s console itch.
Over 1.1 million Instagram customers appreciated the video of Hamilton tackling Ayrton Senna’s Tremendous Monaco GP II on a Sega Genesis console he bought upon arrival in Montreal, with Hamilton posting on Instagram: “I beloved this sport as a child and nonetheless do now. Nonetheless holds up! Naturally I bought tremendous aggressive with myself. My private finest proper now’s a 49 second lap, fairly certain I can beat that tho. That was solely after a couple of tries. I’ll allow you to all know after I beat it.”
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And talking in Friday morning’s press convention, Hamilton revealed why he’d been moved to make his impulse purchase in Montreal.
“I simply had this itch to play outdated video games!” mentioned Hamilton. “I’ve only recently purchased an outdated Nintendo 64 – truly no, I did not purchase it, I discovered it in my storage after which I went and bought GoldenEye. Then after I landed, I went to get Mario Kart however they did not have the Nintendo 64, so I purchased… a Sega Genesis. After which they’d the Senna sport there, so I used to be like, oh, that is good. So I have been spending the final couple of nights driving the Senna sport. However I am not that fast on it.”
Requested cheekily by Max Verstappen, sat subsequent to him within the press convention, whether or not he’d suffered any porpoising points on the sport, Hamilton laughed: “No, no porpoising!”
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Waiting for this weekend’s motion, in the meantime, Hamilton revealed what it meant to him to return for a race in Montreal for the primary time since 2019 – with Hamilton having secured his first win and pole right here again in 2007, whereas he’s gone on to take six poles and 7 victories right here total.
“It’s very particular coming again to Montreal,” mentioned Hamilton. “It is nice to see the individuals, town, nice to see the power all through town as you are going by way of. I bear in mind my first time right here, and my first Grand Prix win right here, my first pole in 2007, so it is all the time particular after I come again right here. My Dad referred to as me and we reminisce about these types of issues. So it’s nice to be again. I can’t wait to drive this observe, as a result of the observe is superior, I simply hope our automobile’s higher this weekend.”