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Hamilton: Lack of racing leaves a void

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28/04/2020

Lewis Hamilton, one of several drivers who have opted to give virtual racing a miss, admits that the lack of the real thing has left a void in his life.

Admitting that he "misses racing everyday", the Briton said on Twitter that "this is the first time since I was eight that I haven't started a season.

"When you live and breathe something you love, there's definitely a big void," he admits.

"But there's always positives to take from these times," he continued. "Right now, we all have time in the world to reflect on our life, our decisions, our goals, the people we have around us, our careers.

"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 staying in.

"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 personal choices and habits.

"Let's come out of this as a new us, a new reinvigorated you, fitter, healthier and more focused but above all, kinder, more generous and gracious and caring for our world and the people in it. I hope we all do."

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1. Posted by The Canadian, 29/04/2020 18:08

"This should read more like an interview...
"Do you miss racing?"
"Yes"
"How come you aren't participating in the E-racing events?"
"I might lose......"
"Thanks. No, we don't need your views on politics and the world, thanks. Now, run along. Cheers!""

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2. Posted by Bill Hopgood, 28/04/2020 8:01

"Good sentiments there...
Not sure about the "less animals slaughtered for our pleasure" bit though.
I mean, hunting is pleasurable for some however hunting isn't (or shouldn't be) a slaughter.
And eating meat is a great way to get protein.
Maybe he was meaning that eating a juicy medium rare ribeye steak is pleasurable? In that regard, he'd be right for some folks.
I must say that it certainly is a lot quieter around the place with a lot less activity going on, and I can't recall the last time I heard or saw a plane.
And in regard to not going back to the way things were, well, I don't think F1 or anything else will be quite the same for a while so he's got no fear of that happening.
Mind you, I can't help but think that things weren't all that bad:
A lot of the world had moved out of poverty.
Travel was cheaper than just about any other time.
Food was plentiful for most people on the planet (more obese people than starving in quite a few countries).
More girls can go to school than just about anytime in history.
Infant mortality is historically low
Most of us aren't at war.
So, while I think I see what he's getting at, I also miss what we did have.
Things weren't perfect yet they weren't that bad either.
Perhaps Hamilton was just putting a good word into going back to the V10s?"

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3. Posted by Batman, 27/04/2020 22:33

"A statement that I cannot but fully support. "

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