Lewis Hamilton jokes that he will watch Game of Thrones during the Italian GP

Lewis Hamilton has joked that he will take his iPad into the cockpit with him at the Italian Grand Prix to try and entertain himself during any DRS train that forms.

The seven-time world champion is one of three drivers to suffer “return from the grid” penalties for Sunday’s race and so he will find himself starting from the wrong end of the field and will have to fight his way through.

He doesn’t seem overly optimistic about the progress he’ll be able to make, however, suggesting that a DRS train will form around Monza and overtaking will be a bonus, with drivers instead being forced to wait for degradation in tires and strategy to change things.

We have a mixed grid for tomorrow’s race and that would usually get things excited, but Hamilton isn’t so confident a show will be produced:

“Hopefully I won’t be stuck tomorrow, but I imagine tomorrow everyone is going to be stuck in a DRS train and they’re just going to sit there and wait for strategy, tire degradation and that kind of things to come into play.”

Indeed, Lewis went on to suggest that he could take his iPad into the Mercedes cockpit with him to try and keep busy:

“I was just thinking of taking my iPad with me on the run and when I’m in the DRS line, just watch – there’s a new Game of Thrones.

“I stopped watching it because I like to binge watch. There’s a lot of commercials in the middle and then you’re at the end and you’re like, ‘I want to watch the next thing.’

MONZA, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 10: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team W13 on track during final practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo Nazionale Monza on September 10, 2022 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Hamilton’s comments don’t suggest a classic is on the way tomorrow at the Italian Grand Prix, but hopefully he’s wrong in that particular prediction.

The suction effect around Monza with the new cars is not as big as it used to be and overtaking could therefore be a little more difficult, but there should still be opportunities in the areas of braking.

Time will soon tell what happens.

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