“I don’t drive the simulator a lot because it’s not at its best at the moment – we’re working on trying to make it better,” Hamilton said.
“I don’t do a lot of time in simulators. When I was at McLaren we did way too much."
"I could spend £100 on a PlayStation and learn the same amount.”
Hamilton is firmly under the opinion that a race simulator is not able to replace what is learned by actually being behind the wheel of a Formula One car under true track conditions. This belief stems from the fact that a simulator removes all of the sensory experience that suggests any element of danger.
“There’s a difference between driving a simulator and driving the real thing – you have no emotion,” Hamilton stated.
“When you get into the simulator you have to adjust yourself to the simulator, and when you get in the car you don’t adjust to it, you drive.”
“You drive the same track the day before and on Monday you drive the simulator and the bumps aren’t there, the curbs are different, the speed is different.”
“You don’t feel the speed; you don’t feel the physicality of it.”