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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton thinks he and the rest of the Formula 1 grid should be bracing themselves for aches and pains when racing resumes. F1 bosses went to try and rescue the 2020 season with a 19-race calendar starting with the Australian Grand Prix on July 5.
Hamilton is predicting there will be a lot of rustiness to shake off having been off the track since February.
“I do hope to come back better,” Hamilton said via Mercedes’ YouTube channel. “But we’re going to get in the car and we’re going to probably have Friday practice and we’ll all be rusty as hell.
“So it’ll be really interesting to see how we hit the ground running. I’ve been on the phone with my team, speaking to Bono, speaking to James and trying to discuss with them a plan of how I want to arrive.
“I think we all need to make sure that we arrive utilising the tools we have simulations, race simulations. I probably will get in the simulator which I don’t really always love, but utilising those tools to make sure that when we come to that first race, we hit the ground running, we’re ready as if we’ve not missed any of the races.”