From an African visit to cruising the Mediterranean: How F1 drivers are taking time off

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  • Formula 1 is currently enjoying a well-deserved break after 13 intense races.
  • While not every F1 driver shared their holidays on social media, others like Lewis Hamilton were eager to keep fans in the loop.
  • We look at the antics of three of the sport's top athletes: Hamilton, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris.

Formula 1 is currently enjoying a well-deserved break after 13 excruciating races. Now in the annual August break, in the European summer, drivers are taking time off to recoup and recharge their batteries.

But just what did they get up to?

Well, not all the drivers shared their experiences on social media, but those who did gave us a glimpse into just what they do to unwind and distance themselves from F1.

From visiting the African continent to vlogging about the Monacan lifestyle, here's what some of your favourite racers got up to.

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McLaren F1 driver Lando Norris and his girlfriend, Luisinha Barosa Oliveira

Lewis Hamilton

The seven-time champion had quite a holiday - and it's still ongoing! Right after the Hungarian Grand Prix, the 13th race in the 2022 season and the one preceding the summer break, the Mercedes-AMG star spent time with 2021 MotoGP champion Fabio Quartararo. The Monster Energy Yamaha rider visited the Mercedes camp in Hungary, whereafter the two athletes hit the water.

Hamilton said on his Instagram: "Kicked off the summer break with a much needed day out on the water. Fabio Quartararo, always a pleasure. Some amazing weeks ahead for sure."

To see the video, click here.

But Hamilton did not spend his entire summer in Europe. The F1 ace headed to Namibia for several days, citing that he is finally "doing something I've wanted to do for years. I'm finally tracing my roots through Africa."

While in our neighbouring country, Hamilton experienced the wildlife and said he felt re-centred and at peace. The British star has consistently advocated for F1 to return to Africa, and it is probable that a South African visit, most notably the Kyalami Circuit, could be on the cards...

Charles Leclerc

Charles Leclerc is quite the personality with a decent penchant for fashion. But a few days ago, the Ferrari driver shook YouTube to its core when he uploaded a video titled "Charles Leclerc: 24 Hours In Monaco (Day In The Life)". In the span of seven days, the Monegasque's video of his hometown amassed more than 4.4 million views!

Leclerc shows various aspects of his lifestyle, including playing sports, his fitness regimes, and riding his boat on the Mediterranean Sea.

He also made sure to spend time with his girlfriend, Charlotte Siine.

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Lando Norris

McLaren driver Lando Norris is slightly more than just one of the sport's resident clowns. He is also the founder of his own karting team and the clothing brand Quadrant, and they've launched a new line. So how do you launch a new clothing line? You pick the hottest day in UK history - according to Norris, at least - and rope in the M-Sport WRC (World Rally Championship) team.

Did he drive the rally car? Unfortunately, the McLaren F1 team vetoed any such move. "I'm not allowed to drive because my boss told me I'm not allowed," Norris said.

Norris and the Quadrant team, with M-Sport, headed to Cumbria in the UK and began filming and photographing in 38-degree Celsius weather. With him for the shoot was his Portuguese girlfriend, Luisinha Barosa Oliveira. The two also celebrated their one-year anniversary earlier this week.

The F1 season continues on 26-28 August with the Belgium GP, round 14 of the 22-race season.

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