Super Monaco GP 2
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Seven-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has revealed that he's digging back into the past to let off steam during what is proving to be a demanding season.

Hamilton was infamously beaten to the title last season by Max Verstappen in controversial circumstances, but rule changes this year have caused a large amount of disruption for F1 teams, with Hamilton's Mercedes outfit struggling to adapt. As a result, he's 88 points off championship leader Verstappen and is yet to claim a race win.

Prior to the first practice session of this weekend's Canadian GP, Hamilton spoke of his desire to play some classic video games (thanks, Daily Star):

I just had this itch to play old games. I found an old Nintendo 64 in my storage and bought Golden Eye.

Then, when I landed [in Canada], I went to get Mario Kart but they didn’t have it, so I bought a Sega Genesis and they had the Senna game and I thought, ‘this is perfect’. So I’ve been spending the last couple of nights driving the Senna game.

The 'Senna' game Hamilton is referring to is Ayrton Senna's Super Monaco GP II, a 16-bit racer which carried an official endorsement from the late F1 superstar – one of Hamilton's personal heroes.

Three-time world champion Senna died in 1994 as a result of an accident during the San Marino Grand Prix. Horizon Chase Turbo recently paid tribute to him with a special DLC expansion.