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Lewis Hamilton becomes “Grandpa Lewis” in new Allianz video

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The year’s 2066. The man who’s now 31 and, for the moment, hasn’t added to his three previous World Championships – Lewis Hamilton – has now been reborn as “Grandpa Lewis” some 50 years down the road from now.

At least that’s how he’s envisioned in a new Allianz ad, where the then-80-year-old Hamilton is discussing with his grandchildren how successful they can be if they follow their instincts. It’s meant to mirror how and why Allianz sponsors F1.

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The video’s linked above, via Hamilton’s tweet.

Present day Hamilton is in search of his fifth win in the Canadian Grand Prix, and second in a row this season, with this weekend’s action at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. First practice kicks off at 10 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Live Extra, then second practice at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Champion Marc Marquez leads MotoGP into virtual world Sunday

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During its layoff because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, MotoGP will become the latest racing series to enter the virtual world.

The MotoGP Virtual Race will be held at 9 a.m. ET Sunday, March 29 with 10 riders. It will be streamed on several platforms, including the Motorsports on NBC YouTube channel. Reigning series champion Marc Marquez is among the riders in the field.

The premier class of MotoGP has yet to hit the track this season as its opener was canceled and the next three races were postponed, including the Grand Prix of the Americas being moved from April 5 to Nov. 15.

Several other racing series have tried online racing in recent weeks.

IMSA held a “SuperSaturday at Sebring” March 21 in place of the postponed Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. NASCAR started its Pro Invitational Series last Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway and will continue Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. IndyCar kicked off its six-race IndyCar iRacing Challenge with a Saturday race at Watkins Glen International that was won by Sage Karam.