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Lewis Hamilton preps for Austin with “Ellen” appearance (VIDEO)

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Lewis Hamilton has run the gamut of non-race related notes and appearances this week, ahead of this week’s United States Grand Prix (Sunday, 2:30 p.m. ET, NBC).

On Tuesday, Hamilton confirmed his presence in the upcoming Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare video game.

But on Wednesday, Hamilton took a different line of promoting his latest trip to North America: appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show with Ellen DeGeneres.

Far from the usual discussion about setup, points standings and media conferences, Hamilton instead met Ellen to go over shirtless pics, basics of Formula 1 versus NASCAR, and explaining how much he works out and prepares for a weekend on site.

Such banter from the extended version below clip includes:

“It’s what we have to do,” said DeGeneres regarding the number of shirtless pics.

It keeps you in shape but you have to work for it. When I introduce (F1) in America… it’s very physical. It’s around two hours. We pull a lot of G’s,” said Hamilton about the physical exertion.

About the F1 versus NASCAR difference?

“So F1 cars can do over 200 mph. A bit like a NASCAR, but NASCAR as a road car, it doesn’t go round corners well. We can,” Hamilton said.

And about Hamilton’s current relationship status:

“I’m not with anyone,” he said. “I was in a long relationship, almost eight years. Now I’m solely focused on racing, trying to win this championship. I don’t have any plans at the moment.”

You can see the full clip, via Ellen TV, linked below.

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.