Hamilton: 'Lonely journey' to world title magnified by COVID measures

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Hamilton: 'Lonely journey' to world title magnified by COVID measures

Lewis Hamilton says a driver's quest for the world title can seem like a "lonely journey", and this year's COVID-19 safety measures in F1 have only amplified that feeling.

Formula 1 finally got its season off the ground in early July after the global pandemic forced the cancellation of the first the sport's first ten races.

However, the teams and the entire F1 community can only operate on-site at venues under strict safety rules that include social distancing, PPE protection and organized bubbles of personnel.

Hamilton's modus vivendi since the start of the current campaign consists of spending the majority of his time living at the various tracks in his motorhome along with physio Angela Cullen, who is part of the Mercedes driver's bubble.

"I stay with Angela, so it’s just me and Angela," explained the six-time world champion.

"She has her own room and Roscoe [Hamilton's dog] sleeps in the living room and I usually have physio in the evening and Roscoe goes second.

"I don’t go and hang with anybody, particularly during this time. Last year, perhaps if you were in a campsite with everyone you could probably have a barbecue together, but we’re not doing that obviously now."

Hamilton admits that chasing the world title while living in an actual almost static bubble with limited interaction with the outside world is a singular situation that isn't without its "mental" challenges, especially for someone accustomed to moving freely around the world at a fast pace to maintain his on and off-track balance.

"I think it’s definitely a challenge," he said, quoted by Autosport.

"Obviously everyone’s in the same boat. Probably the journey of an F1 driver fighting for a championship, it can often feel like a lonely journey.

"That’s magnified this year, obviously with having to limit people who are in your bubble, and of course moving around.

"What I used to do in the past was the travelling, was other things that I was finding positive.

"But getting to be around friends, getting to find the perfect balance this year, it’s much, much harder to implement those other things that help keep a balance.

"I don’t know, it’s hard to put the words together. But everyone’s doing it, I think. It’s a real challenge, and a real test mentally for me personally.

"I don’t know how it is for you guys, maybe you’re seeing your families and stuff, but I’m not.

"But as you can see, I’m focused and as driven as ever, and it’s a marathon, not a sprint.

"So I just keep my head down. I know that I’ll get to enjoy myself a little bit more at the end of the year when nothing’s particularly at risk, and I can hopefully be with family then."

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Sato never imagined to be 'living the dream' at 40

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Sato never imagined to be 'living the dream' at 40

Takuma Sato, the winner of the 104th running of the Indy 500, never imagined he would still be going strong at 40 and "living the dream" in IndyCar.

The Rahal Letterman Lanigan driver added on Sunday his second win at the Brickyard in three years, beating Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon in a thrilling finale that was unfortunately terminates with a handful of laps to run following a massive crash by his RLL teammate Spencer Pigot.

But crossing the line under yellow flags took nothing away from the former Jordan, BAR and Super Aguri F1 driver's joy or from his resounding achievement.

"Look … 40-years-old, still driving, that’s just living in a dream," said an elated Sato, quoted by Reuters. "I never even imagined a situation like this.

"People say 2012 was probably my peak and the best shot… we kept on going.

"We had a second chance in life. I say keep challenging, keep open the door, then you’ll get eventually the chance.

"I never thought my racing life would go on any longer than Formula 1. Now I’m competing here more than 10 years."

Sato headed to America in 2009, after a seven-year presence in F1 that had yielded just a single podium finish - precisely at the US Grand Prix at Indianapolis in 2004.

For most of Sunday's race, Dixon appeared to be the man in charge on Sunday, assuming a total of 111 laps in the lead. But Sato, a driver who typically comes into his own in a race's closing stages, overhauled his rival as the race entered its final 25 laps.

Sitting on Sato's tail, Dixon was ready to pounce when Pigot's crash permanently neutralized the race. And perhaps for the better as far as the low-on-fuel Sato was concerned.

"We all knew and observed that Scott was the best competitor for really the entire two weeks," Sato gracefully acknowledged.

"Dixie and Ganassi did a phenomenal job to always have the car in the competitive situation.

"He led the start, and then just disappeared. I was able to hang on at that time, I was playing with mixtures, seeing how much fuel mileage we could get out of it.

"However, after the pitstop when I took the lead, I got a voice from the pit that I was using too much fuel, so I had to back off and lean the [fuel] mixture, and as you could see immediately Scott caught me.

"At this point I had to switch back to maximum power and so when he was three cars or four car [lengths] behind, I would go back to the leaner mixture.

"And we were close. No doubt, that last yellow saved us, but even without it I was meeting the [fuel] number. Even if we had gone through entirely green, I think we would have been OK.

"However, still I think I would have been threatened from Dixie for the last few laps when he would probably have been 100 percent rich power.

"I had some of that in the pocket, but otherwise it was very, very close."

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