Emma Raducanu ignored Wimbledon for Formula 1 on Saturday as she shared a snap of the qualifying at Silverstone. The 20-year-old has been forced to miss this year’s Championships after having three surgeries in May. And she has picked Formula 1 over tennis, choosing to tune into Silverstone instead of world No 1 Carlos Alcaraz’s match.
Raducanu hasn’t been able to play Wimbledon this year after having surgeries on both wrists and her ankle two months ago. It comes just two years after she made her Grand Slam debut at the All England Club as a teenage wildcard, where she stormed into the second week.
But with The Championships off the cards for the 20-year-old, she has decided to pick F1 over tennis. Raducanu tweeted a photo of her TV showing qualies at the British Grand Prix, adding three Union Jack emojis.
It came at the same time as top seed Alcaraz was in action on Centre Court and facing some trouble after splitting sets with 25th seed Nicolas Jarry. Raducanu’s love of F1 is no secret and the former world No 10 has even been able to count on Lewis Hamilton as a mentor in the past.
After making tennis history by winning the 2021 US Open as a qualifier, Raducanu received some advice from the Mercedes driver. “He’s been such a good role model for me in terms of helping me out and through these next stages. He’s a really cool person,” she said during a ‘homecoming’ at the Royal Albert Hall weeks after her unprecedented title win.
She also ran into Hamilton at the Met Gala after receiving a last-minute invitation to the postponed event which took place days after she won the US Open. Raducanu later told the BBC: “At the Met Gala I spoke to Lewis Hamilton, which was really cool being such a fan of motorsport and Formula One. It was really nice to see him and speak to him there.”
Raducanu also attended the British Grand Prix 12 months ago after she crashed out of Wimbledon in the second round. And she could well be back at Silverstone again on Sunday for the main event.
The 20-year-old grew up involved in motorsports before picking tennis and got to complete a lap on the iconic racing track last year. Raducanu is sponsored by Porsche and drove one of their sports cars with former racer Mark Webber.
“It was great to meet Mark and get some insight both to winning with Porsche at the top level and his own dedication to personal fitness,” she said at the time. “I look forward to driving with him again! I found the track really good. It was a lot of fun for me…Over the laps, you can anticipate the car’s reactions more, and I could get into a rhythm.”