'I miss racing everyday': Lewis Hamilton on F1's suspension

‘I miss racing everyday’: Lewis Hamilton admits a ‘big void’ has been left in his life after F1 was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic

  • The F1 calendar has been decimated recently due to the coronavirus outbreak
  • Lewis Hamilton claims the absence of the sport has left a ‘big void’ in his life
  • The French Grand Prix became the 10th race to be postponed or cancelled 
  • READ: F1 announces plans to salvage new season by starting in Austria on July 5
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Lewis Hamilton has claimed the suspension of the F1 season due to the coronavirus outbreak has left a massive ‘void’ in his life.

The French Grand Prix became the 10th race to be postponed or cancelled this season with the pandemic decimating the sporting calendar worldwide.

However, F1 chief executive Chase Carey has since announced plans to restart the season on July 5 with a desire to finish the campaign in December.

Lewis Hamilton can’t wait for F1 to get back underway again following the coronavirus crisis

And six-time world champion Hamilton can’t wait to get back to business, admitting he misses the sport every single day.

In an Instagram message on Monday, the Brit wrote: ‘I miss racing everyday. This is the first time since I was 8 that I haven’t started a season. 

‘When you live and breath something you love, when it’s gone there’s definitely a big void.’

Hamilton’s message came just moments after F1 stated their ambitions for the current season to get started again in July in Austria, and holding between 15 and 18 races before the curtain closer in Abu Dhabi in December.

Mercedes driver Hamilton claims the suspension of the sport has left a ‘big void’ in his life

Carey said on F1’s website on Monday: ‘Although this morning it was announced that the French Grand Prix, due to take place in late June, will not be going ahead, we are now increasingly confident with the progress of our plans to begin our season this summer.

‘We’re targeting a start to racing in Europe through July, August and beginning of September, with the first race taking place in Austria on 3-5 July weekend.

‘September, October and November, would see us race in Eurasia, Asia and the Americas, finishing the season in the Gulf in December with Bahrain before the traditional finale in Abu Dhabi, having completed between 15-18 races.

‘We will publish our finalised calendar as soon as we possibly can. All of our plans are obviously subject to change as we still have many issues to address and all of us are subject to the unknowns of the virus.

Chase Carey is optimistic that racing will restart at Austria’s Red Bull Ring in July

‘We expect the early races to be without fans but hope fans will be part of our events as we move further into the schedule.

‘We still have to work out many issues like the procedures for the teams and our other partners to enter and operate in each country.

‘The health and safety of all involved will continue to be priority one and we will only go forward if we are confident we have reliable procedures to address both risks and possible issues.’

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