REVEALED: How Lewis Hamilton Relied on Kanye West to Overcome Rain Delay Boredom at Spa

Published 08/30/2021, 8:05 AM EDT


Having no track time because of the rain at the Belgian GP, Lewis Hamilton spent some time with Kanye’s tracks. The much-awaited Kanye West album dropped ahead of the race at Spa, and Hamilton took advantage of the downtime to listen to Donda.

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Drivers had the task of staying awake and active without draining themselves. So while some took a short nap, while others were occupied with football or chess. Lewis curled up in his solace- music.

When asked about how he spent the extra time, Lewis revealed his calming time off. “I was back in my room, listening to the new Kanye album. I was watching the weather, looking out of the window most of the time, just praying the thing would clear up so we could get going. Obviously, that time never came.”

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Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 29, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton before the race as the race is delayed due to bad weather Pool via REUTERS/John Thys

The 27 track album would have easily kept Lewis busy for two hours. However, the rain never did stop, and Lewis had a lot to say about the two-lap “race” at the Belgian GP.

Lewis Hamilton disappointed in Belgian GP

Hamilton has said that he loves racing in the rain; Spa Francorchamps being one of his favorite and most thrilling circuits to race in. But more than for himself and the drivers, Hamilton felt for the fans. “I’m sure all of us love racing in the rain, especially here in Spa… I think just really disappointed for the fans. They stood out there for absolute hours in the rain, no covering in the grandstands.”

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Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 29, 2021 A sign with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and McLaren’s Lando Norris names is seen on the stands REUTERS/Johanna Geron

Regardless, Hamilton is open to the idea of returning to Belgium, even if the fans get a free race as compensation. ” I’d absolutely come back. I love it here so if there is a way we could find a window where it wasn’t raining and we give the fans a free race, that would be great.”

While it was sad to see the race canceled, surely everybody prioritized the safety of the drivers. It wasn’t the restart of the season we hoped for, but with the second race coming up, things may pick up. Till then, we listen to Donda and wait for Zandvoort.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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