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Lewis Hamilton explains why he WONT race Charles Leclerc in F1 virtual races

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Lewis Hamilton isn’t interested in taking part in the F1 virtual races that have been going on during the coronavirus lockdown.

Lewis Hamilton has explained why he hasnt participated in any F1 virtual races during the coronavirus pandemic. The likes of Charles Leclerc, Alex Albon and George Russell have all been taking part on what would have been Grand Prix Sundays.

The next is tomorrow when the Spanish Grand Prix would have taken place.

The three above as well as Lando Norris, Antonio Giovinazzi, and Nicholas Latifi have all been confirmed as racers from the current grid.

And they will be joined by Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, Barcelonas Arthur Melo and Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

Lewis Hamilton has explained his absence though as he doesnt like the game that is used for the events.

“I play a little, but I’m not interested in those racing games. You see other drivers play it, but I don’t like those games. Sony did send me a whole setup for Gran Turismo,” Hamilton said.

“I grew up with Gran Turismo and I really put a lot of time into it back then. I’ve worked a lot with them over the years, which was incredibly cool.”

Lewis Hamilton has been playing some games with his fellow F1 drivers though.

He said: “I did play some Call of Duty with Pierre Gasly and Charles Leclerc. It’s very nice that you can still have a lot of contact with others”

Lewis Hamilton revealed he has used the lockdown to get in touch with a lot of friends he had previously lost touch with.

He explained: “I’ve been facetimed a lot lately. I call a lot of people with whom I haven’t had big conversations in a long time.

“Normally you would happen with people, but now you have to reach them in a different way.”

The six-time F1 world champion has explained he is quite enjoying his time away from the track with the enforced lockdown because of the crisis.

Hamilton said: “There have been times in the past five years that I thought a rest would be good for body and mind.

“For an athlete in their prime, it’s never a good thing to step away for a year but we have been handed a part-sabbatical, which I am enjoying.”

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