Lewis Hamilton took an important victory ahead of Sebastian Vettel in Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix, as the headline story among several others as Formula 1 restarted the 2017 season in Spa after the summer break.
A surprise podium from Daniel Ricciardo, the tense rivalry between Force India teammates Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon, solid points finishes for Romain Grosjean and Nico Hulkenberg and more power unit issues for Fernando Alonso were also among the talking points.
All of that and more is included in the latest post-race episode of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass, hosted by F1 pit reporter and insider Will Buxton.
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 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.