Earlier this week, ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix, Lewis took to Instagram to share footage of him playing a classic video game from his childhood, that evidently fuelled his passion for motor racing.
Ayrton Senna’s Super Monaco Grand Prix II was the name of the game on a Sega Genesis, with Hamilton quickly engrossed in it as soon as he had fired the console up.
Certainly, it likely provided him a bit of an escape from the battle of this season that he is having with porpoising, especially after suffering evident back pain in Baku last weekend thanks to the bouncing the Mercedes W13 was experiencing.
Hamilton was asked about the game during the pre-weekend press conference in Montreal, too, and Verstappen couldn’t resist a tongue-in-cheek remark, with both seeing the funny side in the press conference room:
Max asking Lewis what it’s like to play Senna on Sega 😅 pic.twitter.com/8Xz9Lk7XyC
— ESPN F1 (@ESPNF1) June 17, 2022
It’s nice to see the two drivers having a decent rapport with so many eager to force a negative feeling between them off of the back of last season.
2021 was a fraught campaign but the two drivers themselves, though perhaps not best friends, have a decent enough respect for one another and can clearly share an amicable joke.
The two haven’t been particularly close on the track this season, of course, with the Red Bull looking the strongest car of all at the moment and with the Mercedes struggling, and it remains to be seen if they renew their on-track rivalry at all for this season.
Hamilton, meanwhile, will hope the bouncing isn’t as bad this weekend in Montreal, after taking a bit of a battering in Azerbaijan last weekend.