The 2015 Formula 1 season continues on Saturday morning in Shanghai with the third free practice session for the Chinese Grand Prix, albeit late Friday night in the U.S.
Free practice three represents the final chance for teams to prep heading into qualifying for the third round of the championship, and another chance for Lewis Hamilton, who led both of Friday’s practices, to top the timesheets.
Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.
Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it would seem right for Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — to spend some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.