Lewis Hamilton features in a regular column for BBC Sport Online. I’m not desperately interested in him, or F1 in general, but I have kind of a long commute and there comes a point at which I end up reading every article on the BBC website.

Anyway, in a recent piece, hidden amongst the tales of his jetsetting lifestyle, and in the context of looking forward to the Brazilian Grand Prix, was this unexpected mention of retro gaming:

“When I was a kid, I used to play a game called Grand Prix Two. Interlagos was always the first race of the season on that and I never really got much past the second race…I would always restart the season, so I always seemed to be doing Interlagos – it was a real pain!”

The game Lewis is referring to there is Geoff Crammond’s Formula One Grand Prix 2. He’s also identified the precise reason why you won’t see many F1 games reviewed on FFG, because the above describes my experience with each and every one I’ve ever played. At best, I manage to get really good at one race before giving up: at worst, I don’t even get that far.

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Still, it’s good to know that the current F1 world champion once had exactly the same issues as me. [Er – he had these problems with an F1 game when he was about 10 years old. Now he’s the world champion of the real sport, while you still struggle with the games – how are you similar, exactly? – FFG reader]