Seven-time System 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton reckons MotoGP is a extra excessive sport than F1, and spoke of his admiration for the riders of the premier class of bike racing.
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Lewis Hamilton has spoken about his love of motorbikes, and his perception that MotoGP is a extra “hardcore” sport than System 1.
Hamilton appeared alongside nine-time bike World Champion Valentino Rossi for a joint interview on behalf of mutual sponsor IWC Schaffhausen, the place each spoke of their admiration for one another and their respective achievements within the two premier motorsport classes.
Rossi departed the world of bike racing on the finish of 2021 and can tackle a brand new venture within the type of the GT World Problem Europe sequence this season.
The Italian celebrity defined how MotoGP riders look throughout to F1 with admiration for what the drivers are capable of do, in addition to saying that the identical respect is afforded to MotoGP by the F1 paddock.
Hamilton agreed with the factors made by Rossi, and went on to say that he reckons the bike class is extra excessive than F1.
Hamilton: The concern issue for MotoGP is at all times current
“[Valentino] spoke about System 1 drivers admiring MotoGP and Moto GP riders admiring F1,” Hamilton mentioned.
“For us… I personally suppose that MotoGP
is extra hardcore – these guys haven’t got seatbelts!
“Once they have a crash, it is massive. It’s totally, very tough for them
to enhance security, in order that concern issue is at all times there and it has been
there for years.
“Perhaps there is a little bit of traction management and raise management however,
usually, you may be thrown off. In [F1], it is getting safer and safer
Hamilton referenced Romain Grosjean’s escape from his dramatic accident on the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix for example of how a lot security has progressed in F1, whereas MotoGP stays “nerve-racking”.
“We had an enormous crash only in the near past,” the seven-time F1 title winner commented.
“[The] automotive [was] in flames and [he got]
out. So it is gone from a racing sequence that was very, very harmful and
individuals have been shedding lives a few years in the past, and I believe it is going within the
“However we watch what he does [Rossi] and what they do in full shock. These
guys are doing 360 kilometres an hour on the finish of the straight braking
into Flip 1 at Mugello!
“After which they’ve the high-side moments and all that… it is nerve-racking!”
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Hamilton: I wished to go bike racing!
Hamilton added that he had truly wished to pursue a profession in motorbikes, however his father Anthony would not enable him as a result of risks.
“I’ve at all times liked bikes. After I was youthful, I truly actually wished to experience bikes greater than vehicles!” Hamilton laughed.
“My dad did not need me to experience bikes. He mentioned they’re too harmful! So he obtained me 4 wheels as an alternative of two.
“I believe it was the proper alternative as a result of, if I used to be racing throughout the time that Vale was there, then I most likely would not have been as profitable!”
As an alternative, Hamilton has to depend on occasional observe outings along with his personal bike, in addition to having fun with media occasions such because the machine swap between himself and Rossi on behalf of sponsor Monster Power in Valencia again in 2019.
“Since I have been in F1, I’ve a superbike and, on the finish of the 12 months, I wish to exit and do some observe days,” Hamilton mentioned.
“It is fascinating and provides you a unique perspective. Clearly watching on TV is one factor, but it surely’s so much completely different to an F1 automotive.
“We had the privilege of doing that automotive and bike swap day in Valencia, and it was an actual dream come true for me to expertise a MotoGP bike and to be on observe with the legend himself. It was very, very surreal!”
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