US gymnast Simone Biles has revealed she is in touch with Formula One star Lewis Hamilton and hopes to watch him race some time in the future.
Biles revealed all about her friendship with Hamilton during an Instagram Live. The pair met at an after-party for the Met Gala last month, and it seems they are still in touch.
When asked if she watched F1, Biles said she didn’t, but she was hoping to catch Hamilton at a race soon.
"Lewis is great, and I want to go out to one of his races," she said. "So, I’ve been talking to him about that.
"I really wanted to go to the one in Austin [US Grand Prix], but unfortunately, I’m on tour. But, I do wish I could go to one of his races."
The four-time Olympic gold medallist even admitted to asking Hamilton for his race schedule.
"Told him to send his schedule so we could see the next one," Biles said. "I mean, obviously they are all around the world so, I’m going to have to make a trip."
The remainder of this year’s F1 races are scheduled to take place in Mexico, Brazil, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi. Biles could well be a special guest at one of those locations.
Britain’s Hamilton is currently second in the F1 standings, 12 points behind his Dutch rival Max Verstappen. Hamilton is seeking a record eighth World Drivers’ Championship title.
Given he is one of the greatest in his sports of all time, it is no surprise Hamilton is a friend of Biles. With a combined total of 32 Olympic and World Championship medals, the 24-year-old is tied as the most decorated gymnast in history.
Biles is also known and respected for being open about her struggles with mental health. The star was expected to add to her collection of Olympic gold medals at Tokyo 2020, but instead withdrew from a number of events.
She cited a case of the "twisties", a mental block sometimes suffered by gymnasts, but courageously returned to competition to earn an Olympic bronze medal in the balance beam.
Biles, who is now performing on the Gold Over America Tour, revealed she was "still scared to do gymnastics".
"To do something that I’ve done forever and just not be able to do it because of everything I’ve gone through is really crazy because I love this sport so much," she said.
"It’s hard. I’m sorry. And I don’t think people understand the magnitude of what I go through, but for so many years to go through everything that I’ve gone through having a front, I’m proud of myself."News Now - Sport News