08.12.22 NL Blog
Abu Dhabi GP: The story behind my weekend
Well, that’s another few weeks of lockdown ticked off and it’s great to see signs that a return to real racing, in one form or another, is on the horizon. There’s plenty to be positive about!
Things have been pretty consistent for me at home here in Toronto. My training regime continues. I’m doing a lot of physical work and trying to improve as far as I can.
I went on my longest-ever run the other week, 30 kilometres. Why? Because I wanted to prove to myself I could do it – and it was a sunny day. Everything was good until the last 7 kilometres when my legs began to feel it. I was pleased to get it done, but I don’t think I’m going to repeat it again any time soon.
I’m still doing a lot of eSports driving, but not quite as much as in the first few weeks in quarantine. I’ve backed off a bit to give extra focus to my physical training.
There’s also a chance I can get back behind the wheel of something with a proper engine soon. Race tracks in Toronto are starting to open up, so I’m going to try and fit in some laps in a shifter kart. That will be cool.
I’m also making preparations for my return to the UK.
The team shutdown is due to end at the end of the month, although a lot can change and much is still up in the air. I’m in regular contact with my race engineer and Claire to see what will happen. As soon as I can be at the factory, I want to be there.
We also have an idea of how the racing might restart in Austria without any spectators. That will be quite strange for the whole atmosphere at the paddock. It’s definitely not what you want as a driver but I’m determined to make the most of what we have.
I recently hit 100k followers on Instagram which is pretty cool. As a way to thank those that support me, I’m giving away a limited edition, mini replica of the special Bell helmet I used during my final F2 race in Abu Dhabi last year.
I had a few made for close family and my DAMS team – but I have a final one spare that I want to give away to a fan. It features a special design, team member signatures, pictures of special memories, a thank you to the team and, in particular, team principal Jean-Paul Driot who passed away last year. It’s a special prize and a piece of my history.
To have a chance of winning, head to my Instagram and enter the caption competition we have set up. And be kind with your comments, guys!
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