McLaren drivers Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button have been hit with a combined total of 55 places worth of grid penalties for this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix due to changes made to their power units.
A number of problems with the Honda power units used by McLaren in 2015 has led to the team exceeding the seasonal component limit of five, making grid penalties a regular occurrence for Alonso and Button.
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.