Squeezing in Some Childhood Fun
Lewis Hamilton, the renowned Formula One driver, took a break from the simulator this week to engage in some childhood fun ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix. While other drivers focused on improving their lap times, Hamilton chose a different approach.
A Special Connection with Japan
Hamilton has always had a fascination with Japanese culture, particularly the gaming company Nintendo. The company has its own Universal Studios Super Nintendo World in Osaka, which Hamilton did not miss the opportunity to visit during his stay in Japan for the Grand Prix.
During his visit to Universal Studios Super Nintendo World, Hamilton was seen wearing a white and red polka-dot hat, reminiscent of the Super Mario character Toad. To further display his love for Nintendo, he wore a T-shirt with his own "44" branding.
Bringing Mario Kart to Life
Following his visit, Hamilton and fellow driver Esteban Ocon were discovered having fun with a remote control car in the Suzuka paddock. The pair had planned the activity in advance and enjoyed a race in the pit lane, bringing back memories of their childhood.
A Nostalgic Trip Down Memory Lane
Hamilton reminisced about his childhood racing days, mentioning his love for electric and petrol cars, specifically the Kyosho brand. He compared it to the cars driven by legends like Ayrton Senna, adding that Ocon is highly skilled in remote control car racing.
Podium Finish at Singapore Grand Prix
Despite not achieving a win since the introduction of ground-effect F1 cars, Hamilton secured a podium finish at the recent Singapore Grand Prix. This result, his fifth podium of the season, provides a positive boost for the upcoming races.
Hamilton's preparations for the Japanese Grand Prix might have been unconventional, but his love for Japanese culture and childhood nostalgia brought a unique touch to his build-up for the race. Only time will tell if these enjoyable activities will have a positive impact on his performance on the track.