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Formula E gets royal seal of approval from Prince William in India

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Formula E got a royal seal of approval earlier this week in Mumbai as Prince William tried his hand in one of Mahindra Racing’s simulators.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge embarked on a week-long visit to India earlier this week that saw them attend the launch of the Tech Rocketship Awards in Mumbai.

The scheme has been established to help young entrepreneurs in India, and was attended by one of the nation’s leading racing teams, Mahindra.

The team brought one of its M2Electro simulators to the event, giving Prince William the chance to get behind the wheel of a virtual Formula E car.

“The Duke of Cambridge is a pilot, and was quite familiar with simulators,” Mahindra chairman Anand Mahindra said.

“At the wheel of the M2Electro simulator, he was quite focused on ensuring he did a good job around the track – and so it seems he might have an alternate career option!”

According to People, Prince William completed a lap of the Buddh International Circuit in 2:06s, with one of the Mahindra engineers saying: “It’s a good lap time. He is a really nice driver and he could come and drive for us anytime with a bit more training.”

“Catherine and I are very impressed by the energy and ideas we have just seen,” Prince William said at the event.

“Being here today, it is clear that India is leading the way in so many areas of innovation and technology. Your ability to innovate is not just good news for India but it’s great news for the world.

“With one-sixth of the world’s population, young innovators like you must play a major role.”

Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace

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Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.

Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?

Wallace is hoping so.

After Hamilton tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.

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.

But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry.

The idea of Hamilton attending the season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.

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 only would be fitting if 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 — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.

Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).