Lewis Hamilton Defies Max Verstappen’s Cheeky Porpoising Dig Amid Recent Nintendo Experience

Published 06/18/2022, 12:50 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 27, 2022 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton ahead of practice REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Lewis Hamilton is coming off the back of a tough weekend in Baku. Despite finishing the race in a valiant P4, it was highly uncomfortable for the British driver inside the cockpit.

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The Mercedes driver was visibly in pain when he climbed out of the car and complained of having back pain. But it is nice to see after heading into Montreal, that he was in good spirits and could laugh off his porpoising concerns.

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Hamilton revealed he had been playing his favorite game, which is an Ayrton Senna’s Super Monaco GP II on a Sega Genesis console.

“I just had this itch to play old games! I’ve just recently bought an old Nintendo 64 – actually no, I didn’t buy it, I found it in my storage, and then I went and got GoldenEye. Then when I landed, I went to get Mario Kart, but they didn’t have the Nintendo 64, so I bought… a Sega Genesis.”

Formula One F1 – Canadian Grand Prix – Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Canada – June 17, 2022, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during a press conference ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix REUTERS/Chris Helgren

“And then they had the Senna game there, so I was like, oh, that’s perfect. So I’ve been spending the last couple of nights driving the Senna game. But I’m not that quick on it,” revealed the 7-time world champion.

But his rival, Max Verstappen, jokingly asked if he experienced some porpoising on the game. “No, no porpoising!” replied the Mercedes driver while laughing.

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Hopefully, heading into one of the most successful tracks in his career will put a smile on Hamilton‘s face.

Lewis Hamilton previews the returning Canadian GP

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve has been one of the most successful hunting grounds for the 7-time world champion. He has won the Canadian GP 7 times with his maiden win, also coming on this very track in 2007.

Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 12, 2022, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

“It’s very special coming back to Montreal. I remember my first time here, and my first Grand Prix win here, my first pole in 2007, so it’s always special when I come back here,” said the Mercedes driver.

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Let’s see if the British driver could replicate some of his old magic on arguably his favorite track on the calendar. He would also hope that the porpoising effect doesn’t sneak its way into the Canadian GP weekend.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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