The pit lane is one of the most dangerous and busiest places during a Formula 1 weekend, even if the drivers are going at a greatly reduced speed.
When working in the pits, you’re given the same advice that kids are when they’re taught to cross the road: look left, look right, check it’s clear, then walk.
Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene very nearly came unstuck during first practice for the Austrian Grand Prix on Friday, though, narrowly avoiding being hit by Williams’ Felipe Massa in the pit lane.
Arrivabene was walking across from the Ferrari pit wall to the garage, only to quickly scramble back the other way when Massa came charging along pit lane.
After the session, the two shared a word and a laugh about the incident as there was no harm done. Definitely one for the F1 blooper collection, though.
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.